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Style and Structure are the essence of a book;
by Vladimir Nabokov

Style and Structure are the essence of a book;
great ideas are hogwash.
- Vladimir Nabokov

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

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

Complacency is a state of mind that exists only in retrospective:
it has to be shattered before being ascertained.
- Vladimir Nabokov

 

Caress the detail, the divine detail.
- Vladimir Nabokov

Some people, and I am one of them, hate happy ends.
We feel cheated.
Harm is the norm.
- Vladimir Nabokov

All my stories are webs of style and none seems at
first blush to contain much kinetic matter.
For me style is matter.
- Vladimir Nabokov

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A novelist is, like all mortals, more fully at home
on the surface of the present than in the ooze of the past.
- Vladimir Nabokov

Poetry involves the mysteries of the irrational perceived through rational words.
- Vladimir Nabokov

Discussion in class, which means letting twenty young
blockheads and two cocky neurotics discuss something
that neither their teacher nor they know.
- 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

A writer should have the precision of a poet and the
imagination of a scientist.
- Vladimir Nabokov

It is a short walk from the hallelujah to the hoot.
- Vladimir Nabokov

My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression,
crime, cruelty, soft music.
- Vladimir Nabokov

Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man.
- Vladimir Nabokov

Revelation can be more perilous than Revolution.
- Vladimir Nabokov

No author has created with less emphasis such pathetic
characters as Chekhov has.
- Vladimir Nabokov

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.
- Vladimir Nabokov

There is only one school of literature -
that of talent.
- Vladimir Nabokov

Nothing is more exhilarating than philistine vulgarity.
- Vladimir Nabokov

I confess, I do not believe in time.
- Vladimir Nabokov

I cannot conceive how anybody in his right mind should go to a psychoanalyst.
- Vladimir Nabokov

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.
- Vladimir Nabokov

Nothing revives the past so completely as a smell that
was once associated with it.
- 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

A work of art has no importance whatever to society.
It is only important to the individual.
- Vladimir Nabokov

The breaking of a wave cannot explain the whole sea.
- Vladimir Nabokov

The evolution of sense is, in a sense,
the evolution of nonsense.
- Vladimir Nabokov

Satire is a lesson, parody is a game.
- Vladimir Nabokov

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.
- Vladimir Nabokov

It's a pity one can't imagine what one can't compare to anything.
Genius is an African who dreams up snow.
- Vladimir Nabokov

I would like to spare the time and effort of hack reviewers and,
generally, persons who move their lips when reading.
- Vladimir Nabokov

I think like a genius, I write like a distinguished author,
and I speak like a child.
- Vladimir Nabokov

The more gifted and talkative one's characters are,
the greater the chances of their resembling the author in tone or tint of mind.
- Vladimir Nabokov

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

I think it is all a matter of love: the more you love a memory,
the stronger and stranger it is.
- Vladimir Nabokov

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.
- Vladimir Nabokov

Genius is an African who dreams up snow.
- 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

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.
- Vladimir Nabokov

You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style.
- Vladimir Nabokov

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.
- Vladimir Nabokov

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.
- Vladimir Nabokov

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.
- Vladimir Nabokov

In matters of style, swim with the current;
in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
- Thomas Jefferson

An educated man is thoroughly inoculated against humbug,
thinks for himself and tries to give his thoughts,
in speech or on paper, some style.
- Alan K. Simpson

Style used to be an interaction between the human soul
and tools that were limiting.
In the digital era, it will have to come from the soul alone.
- Jaron Lanier

Don't get me wrong, I think bikes are terrific.
I own several of my own, including a trendy mountain style,
and ride them for pleasure and light exercise.
- Brock Yates

If I have a style, I am not aware of it.
- Michael Graves

Yet Aristotle's excellence of substance,
so far from being associated with the grand style,
is associated with something that at times comes perilously near jargon.
- Irving Babbitt

When an author is too meticulous about his style,
you may presume that his mind is frivolous and his content flimsy.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

But once you have some success in one style,
the business wants to lock you in that vein forever.
- Richard Marx

I would say old school cats like Redman and Wu-tang.
My style is my style, those are just cats that I liked.
- Obie Trice

When we want to have our own style of living,
it is nobody's business but ours.
What we do in private is our private business.
- Eartha Kitt

Forget about style; worry about results.
- Bobby Orr

Joan of Arc had style.
Jesus had style.
- Charles Bukowski

The unity in any painter's work arises from the fact that a person,
brought to a desperate situation, will behave in a certain way...
style.
- Frank Auerbach

Fashions fade, style is eternal.
- Yves Saint Laurent

Todd and I have a very complementary working style .
- Sam Wood

Style is not neutral; it gives moral directions.
- Martin Amis

On the other hand when you are someone who records
their own songs you are basically stuck writing for
one voice and for one style that can stifle you a bit.
It's a real trade off.
- Cynthia Weil

Every individual has his own style, his own way of
presenting himself on and off the field.
- Sachin Tendulkar

People ask me where I got my singing style.
I didn't copy my style from anybody.
- Elvis Presley

This amateurism however, can sometimes be helpful in forging a style;
you have to work around your weaknesses.
- Bill Bruford

Radical Chic, after all, is only radical in Style;
in its heart it is part of Society and its traditions.
- Tom Wolfe

Oh, never mind the fashion.
When one has a style of one's own, it is always twenty times better.
- Margaret Oliphant

Californians invented the concept of life-style.
This alone warrants their doom.
- Don DeLillo

In character, in manner, in style, in all things,
the supreme excellence is simplicity.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

For me Brazilian music is the perfect mix of melody and rhythm.
It just bubbles rhythmically.
If I had to pick just one music style to play if would be Brazilian.
- Herbie Mann

I wanted to keep exploring...
I'm not about to choose a series of movies in which
I can use the same bag of tricks and style that I used in the first film.
- Sam Mendes

It's not my job to try and alter the director's style -
he's in charge,
and I'll always give him my trust.
- Ewan McGregor


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