Q: Why did you write Lolita?
A: It was an interesting thing to do. Why did I write any of my books, after all? For the sake of the pleasure, for the sake of the difficulty. I have no social purpose, no moral message; I’ve no general ideas to exploit, I just like composing riddles with elegant solutions.
- Nabokov on Lolita, BBC Interview 1962
"If I were to do more than hint at their hydrophobic habits, their pulicidal, pulicivorous, and even phtheirophagous propensities, I should call down, not undeservedly, the Zoilism of our correspondents."
- Joseph Dalton Hooker (From a letter to “Lady’s Newspaper of London”, January 1863 about slovenly and unhygienic rural servants in France.