"My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music."
"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."Vladimir Nabokov on Bob Marley
"If music be the food of love, play on."Vladimir Nabokov on William Shakespeare
"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."Vladimir Nabokov on Plato
"Without music, life would be a mistake."Vladimir Nabokov on Friedrich Nietzsche
"I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water."Vladimir Nabokov on Ray Charles
"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."