Speak, Memory Speak, Memory discussion


20 views
Quote by Vladimir Nabokov

Comments Showing 1-4 of 4 (4 new)    post a comment »
dateDown arrow    newest »

message 1: by François (new)

François Boucher “Knowing you have something good to read before bed is among the most pleasurable of sensations.”

Vladimir Nabokov


message 2: by Ali (new) - rated it 5 stars

Ali Hild "I do remember, however, with heartbreaking vividness, a certain evening in the summer of 1917 when, after a winter of incomprehensible separation, I chanced to meet Tamara on a suburban train. For a few minutes between two stops, in the vestibule of a rocking and rasping car, we stood next to each other, I in a state of intense embarrassment, of crushing regret, she consuming a bar of chocolate, methodically breaking off small, hard bits of the stuff, and talking of the office where she worked. On one side of the tracks, above bluish bogs, the dark smoke of burning peat was mingling with the smoldering wreck of a huge, amber sunset. It can be proved, I think, by published records that Alexander Blok was even then noting in his diary the very peat smoke I saw, and the wrecked sky. There was later a period in my life when I might have found this relevant to my last glimpse of Tamara as she turned on the steps to look back at me before descending into the jasmin-scented, cricket-mad dusk of a small station; but today no alien marginalia can dim the purity of the pain."


message 3: by François (new)

François Boucher I'm not sure Nabokov is the author of that quote… It is repeated everywhere on the web, but I can not locate the origin of that quote… Sorry.


message 4: by Aayush (new) - added it

Aayush Thapa "The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness. Although the two are identical twins, man, as a rule, views the parental abyss with more calm than the one he is heading for (at some forty-five hundred heartbeats an hour)."


back to top