I cannot disobey something which I do not know and the reality of which I have the right to deny.
More Quotes from Vladimir Nabokov:We had been everywhere. We had really seen nothing. And I catch myself thinking today that our long journey had only defiled with a sinuous trail of slime the lovely, trustful, dreamy, enormous country that by then, in retrospect, was no more to us than a collection of dog-eared maps, ruined tour books, old tires, and her sobs in the night - every night, every night - the moment I feigned sleep.
Like so many ageing college people, Pnin had long ceased to notice the existence of students on the campus.
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.
I knew I had fallen in love with Lolita forever; but I also knew she would not be forever Lolita.
I want you to leave your incidental Dick, and this awful hole, and come to live with me, and die with me, and everything with me.
Thus, in pornographic novels, action has to be limited to the copulation of clichés.
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