"Discussion in class, which means letting twenty young blockheads and two cocky neurotics discuss something that neither their teacher nor they know."
"I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers."Vladimir Nabokov on Khalil Gibran
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."Vladimir Nabokov on Albert Einstein
"If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself."Vladimir Nabokov on Confucius
"You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul."Vladimir Nabokov on Swami Vivekananda
"I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit."Vladimir Nabokov on John Steinbeck
"A work of art has no importance whatever to society. It is only important to the individual."
"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."