Beauty plus pity -- that is the closest we can get to a definition of art.
More Quotes from Vladimir Nabokov:A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.
A masterpiece of fiction is an original world and as such is not likely to fit the world of the reader.
The evolution of sense is, in a sense, the evolution of nonsense.
I confess, I do not believe in time.
Treading the soil of the moon, palpating its pebbles, tasting the panic and splendor of the event, feeling in the pit of one's stomach the separation from terra... these form the most romantic sensation an explorer has ever known... this is the only thing I can say about the matter. The utilitarian results do not interest me.
A work of art has no importance whatever to society. It is only important to the individual.
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