A novelist is, like all mortals, more fully at home on the surface of the present than in the ooze of the past.
Quote by Vladimir Nabokov
Vladimir Nabokov Quotes
Style and Structure are the essence of a book; great ideas are hogwash.
My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.
All my stories are webs of style and none seems at first blush to contain...
The breaking of a wave cannot explain the whole sea.
The more gifted and talkative one's characters are, the greater the chances of their resembling...
Life is a great sunrise. I do not see why death should not be an...
Existence is a series of footnotes to a vast, obscure, unfinished masterpiece.
Nothing revives the past so completely as a smell that was once associated with it.
Genius is an African who dreams up snow
There are aphorisms that, like airplanes, stay up only while they are in motion.
It is a short walk from the hallelujah to the hoot.
You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style.
A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.
Turning one's novel into a movie script is rather like making a series of sketches...
Happy is the novelist who manages to preserve an actual love letter that he received...
Life is a great surprise. I don't see why death should not be an even...
I have often noticed that after I had bestowed on the characters of my novels...
Some people, and I am one of them, hate happy ends. We feel cheated. Harm...
Nothing is more exhilarating than philistine vulgarity.
It's a pity one can't imagine what one can't compare to anything. Genius is an...