by Vladimir Nabokov
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Language and Communication Quotes
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. (1.1.1)
All at once we were madly, clumsily, shamelessly, agonizingly in love with each other; hopelessly, I should add, because the frenzy of mutual possession might have been assuaged only by our actuall...
was my excessive desire for that child only the first evidence of an inherent singularity? (1.4.1)
In point of fact, there might have been no Lolita at all had I not loved, one summer, an initial girl-child. (1.1.3)
Humbert tried hard to be good. Really and truly, he did. He had the utmost respect for ordinary children, with their purity and vulnerability, and under no circumstances would he have interfered wi...
Justice and Judgment Quotes
"Humbert Humbert," their author, had died in legal captivity, of coronary thrombosis, on November 16, 1952, a few days before his trial was scheduled to start. (Fore.1)
Morality and Ethics Quotes
If, however, for this paradoxical prude's comfort, an editor attempted to dilute or omit scenes that a certain type of mind might call "aphrodisiac" […], one would have to forego the publicat...
Visions of America Quotes
America, the country of rosy children and great trees, where life would be such an improvement on dull dingy Paris. (1.8.4)