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Bergson

“Bergson is only for very young people or very unhappy people”

— Vladimir Nabokov, Ada

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a defecating white horse

“Demon took Van to the world-famous Opera House in Telluride in West Colorado and there he enjoyed (and sometimes detested) the greatest international shows— English blank-verse plays, French tragedies in rhymed couplets, thunderous German musical dramas with giants and magicians and a defecating white horse.”

— Vladimir Nabokov, Ada

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the colored nothingness

“This now ness is the only reality we know; it follows the colored nothingness of the no-longer and precedes the absolute nothingness of the future.”

— Vladimir Nabokov, Ada

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artists and morons

“Remembrance, embers and membranes of beauty make artists and morons lose all self-control.”

— Vladimir Nabokov, Ada

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different people

“Sorry, no— if people remembered the same they would not be different people.”

— Vladimir Nabokov, Ada

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but still in flowery négligé

“The novelist, who was now quite restored, but still in flowery négligé, had just finished reading her new story in its first fair copy (to be typed on the morrow) to Tokay-sipping Marina, who had le vin triste and was much affected by the suicide of the gentleman “au cou rouge et puissant de veuf encore plein de sève” who, frightened by his victim’s fright, so to speak, had compressed too hard the throat of the little girl he had raped in a moment of «gloutonnerie impardonnable.»”

— Vladimir Nabokov, Ada

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deficient in botanical reality

“For the big picnic on Ada’s twelfth birthday and Ida’s forty-second jour de fête, the child was permitted to wear her lolita (thus dubbed after the little Andalusian gipsy of that name in Osberg’s novel and pronounced, incidentally, with a Spanish “t,” not a thick English one), a rather long, but very airy and ample, black skirt, with red poppies or peonies, “deficient in botanical reality,” as she grandly expressed it, not yet knowing that reality and natural science are synonymous in the terms of this, and only this, dream.”

— Vladimir Nabokov, Ada

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