Quotes about Vladimir Nabokov
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Vladimir Nabokov was a writer who cared nothing for music and whose favorite sport was the pursuit, capture, and murder of butterflies. This explains many things; for example, the fact that Nabokov's novels, for all their elegance and wit, resemble nothing so much as butterflies pinned to a board: pretty but dead; symmetrical but stiff.
I oscillate between loathing Vladimir Nabokov 's novels (when I think he's showing off or insisting on making his presence felt) and loving them. This morning, I can't stand a word of his fiction. But Nabokov's Letters to Vera is not fiction. The showing off, such as there is, is that of a man to his lover, whose absence is felt. The fact that these are the words—such beautiful words—of a writer to his beloved of more than 46 years readies you for the spirit of sincerity in which they were written. Besides, I'm a sucker for a love story.
It seems that the evolutionist must conclude, along with the writer Vladimir Nabokov, that 'our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness'. Brains that think otherwise – brains that deny they are brains and believe instead that they are eternal souls - are brains that hold false beliefs about themselves.