Vladimir Nabokov 1899-1977

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I felt proud of myself. I had stolen the honey of a spasm without impairing the morals of a minor.
Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Russian-born U.S. novelist, poet. Lolita, pt. I, ch. 14.
To think that between a Hamburger and a Humburger, she would—invariably, with icy precision—plump for the former.
Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Russian-born U.S. novelist, poet. Lolita, pt. II, ch. 3.
If, from the very first, the action of the play is absurd, it is because this is the way mad Waltz—before the play starts—imagines it is going to be....
Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Russian-born U.S. novelist, poet. The Waltz Invention, foreword (1966).

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