Humbert was perfectly capable of intercourse with Eve, but it was Lilith he longed for.
More Quotes from Vladimir Nabokov:All at once we were madly, clumsily, shamelessly, agonizingly in love with each other; hopelessly, I should add, because that frenzy of mutual possession might have been assuaged only by our actually imbibing and assimilating every particle of each other's soul and flesh; but there we were, unable even to mate as slum children would have so easily found an opportunity to do so.
To play safe, I prefer to accept only one type of power: the power of art over trash, the triumph of magic over the brute.
A toothache will cost a battle, a drizzle cancel an insurrection
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.
Genius is an African who dreams up snow.
I'm thinking of aurochs and angels, the secret of durable pigments, prophetic sonnets, the refuge of art, And this is the only immortality that you and I may share, my Lolita.
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Conflicting commercial regulations of the different States shackled and diminished both foreign and domestic trade; hence the power to regulate commerce was conferred.
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