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The Week… Into the deep with Vladimir Nabokov

October 25, 2010 by · 2 comments

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

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

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

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Poetry involves the mysteries of the irrational perceived through rational words.

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The breaking of a wave cannot explain the whole sea.

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Style and structure are the essence of a book; great ideas are hogwash.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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