Words without experience are meaningless.
More Quotes from Vladimir Nabokov:Between the age limits of nine and fourteen there occur maidens who, to certain bewitched travelers, twice or many times older than they, reveal their true nature which is not human, but nymphic (that is, demoniac) and these chosen creatures I propose to designate as ''nymphets.''
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.
Here lies the sense of literary creation to portray ordinary objects as they will be reflected in kindly mirrors of future times. . . . To find in objects around us the fragrant tenderness that only posterity will discern . . .
Don't cry, I'm sorry to have deceived you so much, but that's how life is.
By God, I could make myself bring her that economically halved grapefruit, that sugarless breakfast.
I cannot disobey something which I do not know and the reality of which I have the right to deny.
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