“Lolita” is his private nickname for Dolores. The novel was originally written in English and first published in Paris in 1955 by Olympia Press. Later it was translated into Russian by Nabokov himself and published in New York City in 1967 by Phaedra Publishers. Lolita quickly attained a classic status. Profoundly inspirational Lolita quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.
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Famous Lolita Quotes
Humbert Humbert: Even in the most harmonious households such as ours, not all the decisions are taken by the female. Especially when the male partner has fulfilled his obligations beyond the line of duty. When you wanted me to spend one afternoon sun-bathing by the lake, I was glad to become the bronze, glamor boy for your sake, instead of remaining the scholar. Even then, I’d scoot along after you like an obliging little lap dog — oh yes, I’m happy, I’m delighted to be bossed by you, but — every game has its rules.
Humbert Humbert: We don’t read other people’s diaries now, do we?
Humbert Humbert: I want you to live with me and die with me and everything with me!
Humbert Humbert: Didn’t you have a daughter with a lovely name?
Lolita: I was a daisy fresh girl and look what you’ve done to me.
Humbert Humbert: Our little starlet has had enough excitement for one evening…I wouldn’t want you to miss any more piano lessons! You know what I’m talking about!
Humbert Humbert: She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks, she was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always – Lolita. Light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin. My soul.
Clare Quilty: Say, what you take it away for, mister? That was getting kind of smutty there! [laughs] Clare Quilty: Say, what you take it away for, mister? That was getting kind of smutty there! Humbert Humbert: Do you have any last words? Clare Quilty: Listen, Mac. You’re drunk, and I’m a sick man. This pistol-packing farce is becoming a sort of nuisance. Humbert Humbert: Do you want to die standing up or sitting down? Clare Quilty: I wanna die like a champion.
Charlotte Haze: [to Lolita] I forbid you to disturb Professor Humbert again. He is a writer and he is not to be disturbed! Charlotte Haze: I forbid you to disturb Professor Humbert again. He is a writer and he is not to be disturbed!
Lolita: You look a 100% better when i can’t see you. Lolita: You look a 100% better when I can’t see you.
Lolita Haze: ‘Fraid somebody’s gonna steal your ideas and sell ’em to Hollywood, huh?
Charlotte Haze: Were there a lot of women in your life before me? Humbert Humbert: I’ve told you about them already. Charlotte Haze: Well, you didn’t tell me about all of them. Humbert Humbert: Charlotte, if it would make you any happier, I will sit right down and I will make out a complete list of every woman I have ever known. Will that satisfy you? Charlotte Haze: Ohh, I’m lonesome…I think it’s healthy for me to be jealous. It means that I love you. You know how happy I can make you.