Inspirational Vladimir Nabokov quotes

Vladimir Nabokov was a Russian-American novelist and entomologist. This post features some Inspirational Vladimir Nabokov quotes.

Vladimir Nabokov’s first nine novels were in Russian, and he achieved international prominence after he began writing English prose.

Vladimir Nabokov quotes
Vladimir Nabokov quotes

Vladimir Nabokov quotes

“Do not be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upwards.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“Knowing you have something good to read before bed is among the most pleasurable of sensations.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“I knew I had fallen in love with Lolita forever; but I also knew she would not be forever Lolita.”
Vladimir Nabokov

“Perhaps, somewhere, some day, at a less miserable time, we may see each other again.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“The breaking of a wave cannot explain the whole sea.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“Words without experience are meaningless.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“I think it is all a matter of love; the more you love a memory the stronger and stranger it becomes.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“We live not only in a world of thoughts, but also in a world of things. Words without experience are meaningless.”
Vladimir Nabokov quotes

“And the rest is rust and stardust.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“He broke my heart. You merely broke my life.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“Curiosity is insubordination in its purest form.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“Our imagination flies — we are its shadow on the earth.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“Curiously enough, one cannot read a book; one can only reread it. A good reader, a major reader, and active and creative reader is a rereader.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“Don’t cry, I’m sorry to have deceived you so much, but that’s how life is.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“Existence is a series of footnotes to a vast, obscure, unfinished masterpiece.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“Human life is but a series of footnotes to a vast obscure unfinished masterpiece”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“Let all of life be an unfettered howl.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“And presently I was driving through the drizzle of the dying day, with the windshield wipers in full action but unable to cope with my tears.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“Nostalgia in reverse, the longing for yet another strange land, grew especially strong in spring.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“I looked and looked at her, and I knew, as clearly as I know that I will die, that I loved her more than anything I had ever seen or imagined on earth. She was only the dead-leaf echo of the nymphet from long ago – but I loved her, this Lolita, pale and polluted and big with another man’s child. She could fade and wither – I didn’t care. I would still go mad with tenderness at the mere sight of her face.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“I need you, the reader, to imagine us, for we don’t really exist if you don’t.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“Let all of life be an unfettered howl. Like the crowd greeting the gladiator. Don’t stop to think, don’t interrupt the scream, exhale, release life’s rapture.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“And she was mine, she was mine, the key was in my fist, my fist was in my pocket, she was mine.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“Some people—and I am one of them—hate happy ends. We feel cheated. Harm is the norm. Doom should not jam. The avalanche stopping in its tracks a few feet above the cowering village behaves not only unnaturally but unethically.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“Some might think that the creativity, imagination, and flights of fancy that give my life meaning are insanity.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“In spite of everything I loved you, and will go on loving you―on my knees, with my shoulders drawn back, showing my heels to the headsman and straining my goose neck―even then.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“We loved each other with a premature love, marked by a fierceness that so often destroys adult lives.”
Vladimir Nabokov quotes

“Life is short. From here to that old car you know so well there is a stretch of twenty, twenty-five paces. It is a very short walk. Make those twenty-five steps. Now. Right now. Come just as you are. And we shall live happily ever after. ”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“Literature was not born the day when a boy crying “wolf, wolf” came running out of the Neanderthal valley with a big gray wolf at his heels; literature was born on the day when a boy came crying “wolf, wolf” and there was no wolf behind him.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“I have often noticed that we are inclined to endow our friends with the stability of type that literary characters acquire in the reader’s mind.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“I mean, I have the feeling that something in my mind is poisoning everything else.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“I confess I do not believe in time. I like to fold my magic carpet, after use, in such a way as to superimpose one part of the pattern upon another. Let visitors trip.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“No single word in English renders all the shades of toska. At its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning. In particular cases it may be the desire for somebody of something specific, nostalgia, love-sickness. At the lowest level it grades into ennui, boredom.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible”
― Vladimir Nabokov

“I loved you. I was a pentapod monster, but I loved you. I was despicable and brutal, and turpid, and everything, mais je t’aimais, je t’aimais! And there were times when I knew how you felt, and it was hell to know it, my little one. Lolita girl, brave Dolly Schiller.”
Vladimir Nabokov quotes

“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.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

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  1. Nabokov was a romantic, but there are three excellent comments here worth remembering.

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  2. Some stunning quotes with wonderful imagery and unexpected twists. I’ve never read him, though, because I find it difficult to accept Lolita as something other than paedophiliac pornography. I wonder if the work would be celebrated so much if the genders of the two main characters were reversed?

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