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. Vladimir Nabokov
Do not be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upwards. Vladimir Nabokov
It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight. Vladimir Nabokov
The summer night was starless and stirless, with distant spasms of silent lightning. Vladimir Nabokov
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. Vladimir Nabokov
There are aphorisms that, like airplanes, stay up only while they are in motion. Vladimir Nabokov
Life is a great sunrise. I do not see why death should not be an even greater one. Vladimir Nabokov
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. Vladimir Nabokov
Genius is finding the invisible link between things. Vladimir Nabokov
Nostalgia in reverse, the longing for yet another strange land, grew especially strong in spring. Vladimir Nabokov
It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight. Vladimir Nabokov
A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist Vladimir Nabokov
I am sufficiently proud of my knowing something to be modest about my not knowing all. 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
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. Vladimir Nabokov
His wings were failing, but he refused to fall without a struggle. Vladimir Nabokov
The evolution of sense is, in a sense, the evolution of nonsense. Vladimir Nabokov
If a violin string could ache, I would be that string. Vladimir Nabokov
There are aphorisms that, like airplanes, stay up only while they are in motion. Vladimir Nabokov
The moral sense in mortals is the duty we have to pay on mortal sense of beauty. Vladimir Nabokov
Nothing is more exhilarating than philistine vulgarity. Vladimir Nabokov
Existence is a series of footnotes to a vast, obscure, unfinished masterpiece. Vladimir Nabokov
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. Vladimir Nabokov
A masterpiece of fiction is an original world and as such is not likely to fit the world of the reader. 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
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. 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
We who burrow in filth every day may be forgiven perhaps the one sin that ends all sins. Vladimir Nabokov
The clumsiest literal translation is a thousand times more useful than the prettiest paraphrase. Vladimir Nabokov
The breaking of a wave cannot explain the whole sea. Vladimir Nabokov