Vladimir Nabokov Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old vladimir nabokov quotes, vladimir nabokov sayings, and vladimir nabokov proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Sleep is the most moronic fraternity in the world, with the heaviest dues and the crudest rituals.     

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Do not be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upwards.     

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It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.     

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The summer night was starless and stirless, with distant spasms of silent lightning.     

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Coincidence is a pimp and a cardsharper in ordinary fiction but a marvelous artist in the patterns of facts recollected by a non-o rdinary memorist.      

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There are aphorisms that, like airplanes, stay up only while they are in motion.     

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Life is a great sunrise. I do not see why death should not be an even greater one.     

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She might be a little introverted, livelier of movement than of conversation, neither bashful nor forward, with a soul that seemed submerged, but in a radiant moistness. Opalescent on the surface but translucent in her depths.     

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Genius is finding the invisible link between things.     

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Nostalgia in reverse, the longing for yet another strange land, grew especially strong in spring.     

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It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.     

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A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist     

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I am sufficiently proud of my knowing something to be modest about my not knowing all.     

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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.     

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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.     

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His wings were failing, but he refused to fall without a struggle.     

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The evolution of sense is, in a sense, the evolution of nonsense.     

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If a violin string could ache, I would be that string.     

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There are aphorisms that, like airplanes, stay up only while they are in motion.     

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The moral sense in mortals is the duty we have to pay on mortal sense of beauty.     

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Nothing is more exhilarating than philistine vulgarity.     

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Existence is a series of footnotes to a vast, obscure, unfinished masterpiece.     

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The contemplation of beauty, whether it be a uniquely tinted sunset, a radiant face, or a work of art, makes us glance back unwittingly at our personal past and juxtapose ourselves and our inner being with the utterly unattainable beauty revealed to us.     

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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.     

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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.     

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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.     

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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.     

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We who burrow in filth every day may be forgiven perhaps the one sin that ends all sins.     

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The clumsiest literal translation is a thousand times more useful than the prettiest paraphrase.     

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The breaking of a wave cannot explain the whole sea.     

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