"A work of art has no importance whatever to society. It is only important to the individual."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."Vladimir Nabokov on Albert Einstein
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."Vladimir Nabokov on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."Vladimir Nabokov on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."Vladimir Nabokov on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."Vladimir Nabokov on Oscar Wilde
"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."
"Life is a great sunrise. I do not see why death should not be an even greater one."
"Genius is an African who dreams up snow."
"A novelist is, like all mortals, more fully at home on the surface of the present than in the ooze of the past."
"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."