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  • It is strange that the tactile sense, which is so infinitely less precious to men than sight, becomes at critical moments our main, if not only, handle to reality.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • She was only the faint violet whiff and dead leaf echo of the nymphet I had rolled myself upon with such cries in the past; an echo on the brink of a russet ravine, with a far wood under a white sky, and brown leaves choking the brook, and one last cricket in the crisp weeds.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • You know, what's so dreadful about dying is that you are completely on your own.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • Solitude was corrupting me. I needed company and care.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")


  • You see, she had absolutely nowhere else to go.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • I felt my life needed a shake-up.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, exhibit number one is what the seraphs, the misinformed, simple, noble-winged seraphs, envied. Look at this tangle of thorns.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • The general impression is that fifteen year-old Dolly remains morbidly uninterested in sexual matters, or to be exact, represses her curiosity in order to save her ignorance and self-dignity.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • All religions are based on obsolete terminology.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Pale Fire")

  • I grew, a happy, healthy child in a bright world of illustrated books, clean sand, orange trees, friendly dogs, sea vistas and smiling faces.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • Let me repeat with quite force: I was, and still am, despite mes malheurs, an exceptionally handsome male; slow moving tall, with dark soft hair and a gloomy but all the more seductive cast of demeanour.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • There he stood, in the camouflage of sun and shade, disfigured by them and masked by his own nakedness.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")

  • All the seven deadly sins are peccadilloes but without three of them, Pride, Lust, and Sloth, poetry might never have been born.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Pale Fire")

  • I have the European urge to use my feet when a drive can be dispensed with
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")


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