Vladimir Nabokov

(Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov)

Vladimir Nabokov
Vladimir Nabokov
  • Born: April 22, 1899
  • Died: July 2, 1977
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Novelist









Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov was a Russian-born novelist, poet, translator and entomologist. His first nine novels were in Russian, but he achieved international prominence after he began writing English prose.

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A masterpiece of fiction is an original world and as such is not likely to fit the world of the reader.
A novelist is, like all mortals, more fully at home on the surface of the present than in the ooze of the past.
A work of art has no importance whatever to society. It is only important to the individual. Society ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.
All my stories are webs of style and none seems at first blush to contain much kinetic matter. For me style is matter.
Caress the detail, the divine detail.
Complacency is a state of mind that exists only in retrospective: it has to be shattered before being ascertained.
Discussion in class, which means letting twenty young blockheads and two cocky neurotics discuss something that neither their teacher nor they know. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Existence is a series of footnotes to a vast, obscure, unfinished masterpiece.
Genius is an African who dreams up snow.
Happy is the novelist who manages to preserve an actual love letter that he received when he was young within a work of fiction, embedded in it like a clean bullet in flabby flesh and quite secure there, among spurious lives. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I cannot conceive how anybody in his right mind should go to a psychoanalyst.
I confess, I do not believe in time. Time
I have often noticed that after I had bestowed on the characters of my novels some treasured item of my past, it would pine away in the artificial world where I had so abruptly placed it.
I think it is all a matter of love: the more you love a memory, the stronger and stranger it is. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I think like a genius, I write like a distinguished author, and I speak like a child.
I would like to spare the time and effort of hack reviewers and, generally, persons who move their lips when reading. Time
Imagination, the supreme delight of the immortal and the immature, should be limited. In order to enjoy life, we should not enjoy it too much. Life
It is a short walk from the hallelujah to the hoot.
It is hard, I submit, to loathe bloodshed, including war, more than I do, but it is still harder to exceed my loathing of the very nature of totalitarian states in which massacre is only an administrative detail. Nature ;War & Peace
Life is a great sunrise. I do not see why death should not be an even greater one. Life ;Death
Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man.
My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. Music, Chants & Rapps
No author has created with less emphasis such pathetic characters as Chekhov has.
Nothing is more exhilarating than philistine vulgarity.
Nothing revives the past so completely as a smell that was once associated with it.
Poetry involves the mysteries of the irrational perceived through rational words. Literature, Writers & Writing
Revelation can be more perilous than Revolution.
Satire is a lesson, parody is a game.
Some people, and I am one of them, hate happy ends. We feel cheated. Harm is the norm.
Style and Structure are the essence of a book; great ideas are hogwash.
The breaking of a wave cannot explain the whole sea.
The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness.
The evolution of sense is, in a sense, the evolution of nonsense.
The good, the admirable reader identifies himself not with the boy or the girl in the book, but with the mind that conceived and composed that book.
The more gifted and talkative one's characters are, the greater the chances of their resembling the author in tone or tint of mind.
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.
There are aphorisms that, like airplanes, stay up only while they are in motion.
There is nothing in the world that I loathe more than group activity, that communal bath where the hairy and slippery mix in a multiplication of mediocrity.
There is only one school of literature - that of talent.
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. Power ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
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.
You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style.