And he absolutely had to find her at once to tell her that he adored her, but the large audience before him separated him from the door, and the notes reaching him through a succession of hands said that she was not available; that she was inaugurating a fire; that she had married an american businessman; that she had become a character in a novel; that she was dead.
More Quotes from Vladimir Nabokov:Imagination, the supreme delight of the immortal and the immature, should be limited. In order to enjoy life, we should not enjoy it too much.
Turning one's novel into a movie script is rather like making a series of sketches for a painting that has long ago been finished and framed.
I think it is all a matter of love: the more you love a memory, the stronger and stranger it is.
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.
She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms, she was always Lolita.
All my stories are webs of style and none seems at first blush to contain much kinetic matter. For me style is matter.
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