To be President of the United States, sir, is to act as advocate for a blind, venomous, and ungrateful client.
– John Updike
The biggest crime in Nabokov’s ‘Lolita’ is imposing your own dream upon someone else’s reality. Humbert Humbert is blind. He doesn’t see Lolita’s reality. He doesn’t see that Lolita should leave. He only sees Lolita as an extension of his own obsession. This is what a totalitarian state does.
– Azar Nafisi