Quotes by Vladimir Nabokov

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

"And the rest is rust and stardust."

"Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta. 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. Did she have a precursor? She did, indeed she did. In point of fact, there might have been no Lolita at all had I not loved, one summer, an initial girl-child. In a princedom by the sea. Oh when? About as many years before Lolita was born as my age was that summer. You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, exhibit number one is what the seraphs, the misinformed, simple, noble-winged seraphs, envied. Look at this tangle of thorns."

"Our imagination flies -- we are its shadow on the earth."

"I think it is all a matter of love; the more you love a memory the stronger and stranger it becomes"


Books by Vladimir Nabokov

  • Anna Karenina
  • 699,251 ratings
  • April 16th 2013 by A. Mondadori

    (first published 1877)

  • Lolita
  • 692,317 ratings
  • 1995 by Penguin

    (first published September 1955)

  • Crimen y castigo
  • 670,490 ratings
  • 2011 by Editorial Gredos

    (first published 1866)

  • Casa Desolata
  • 101,187 ratings
  • 1995 by Einaudi

    (first published 1853)

  • Pais e Filhos
  • 73,928 ratings
  • May 2007 by Relógio D'Água Editores

    (first published 1862)

Vladimir Nabokov
  • Vladimir Nabokov

  • Date of birth: April 22, 1899
  • Died: July 02, 1977
  • Born: in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation.

  • Description: Russian: Владимир Владимирович Набоков .Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov, also known by the pen name Vladimir Sirin, was a Russian-American novelist. Nabokov wrote his first nine novels in Russian, then rose to international prominence as a master English prose stylist. He also made significant contributions to lepidoptery, and had a big interest in chess problems.Nabokov's Lolita (1955) is frequently cited as his most important novel, and is at any rate his most widely known one, exhibiting the love of intricate wordplay and descriptive detail that characterized all his works.Lolita was ranked fourth in the list of the Modern Library 100 Best Novels; Pale Fire (1962) was ranked 53rd on the same list, and his memoir, Speak, Memory (1951), was listed eighth on the publisher's list of the 20th century's greatest nonfiction. He was also a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction seven times.