Style and Structure are the essence of a book; great ideas are hogwash.
More Quotes from Vladimir Nabokov:Nothing revives the past so completely as a smell that was once associated with it.
I confess, I do not believe in time.
The more gifted and talkative one's characters are, the greater the chances of their resembling the author in tone or tint of mind.
Let the credulous and the vulgar continue to believe that all mental woes can be cured by a daily application of old Greek myths to their private parts
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.
For me, a work of fiction exists only insofar as it affords me what I shall bluntly call aesthetic bliss, that is a sense of being somehow, somewhere, connected with other states of being where art (curiosity, tenderness, kindness, ecstasy) is the norm.
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