Solitude is the playfield of Satan.
More Quotes from Vladimir Nabokov: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.
It is not the artistic aptitudes that are secondary sexual characters as some shams and shamans have said; it is the other way around: sex is but the ancilla of art.
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.
You know, what's so dreadful about dying is that you are completely on your own.
The summer night was starless and stirless, with distant spasms of silent lightning.
It's a pity one can't imagine what one can't compare to anything. Genius is an African who dreams up snow.
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