"Poetry involves the mysteries of the irrational perceived through rational words."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Vladimir Nabokov on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Vladimir Nabokov on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Vladimir Nabokov on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Vladimir Nabokov on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Vladimir Nabokov on Robert Frost
"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."