Quotes from the World for June 14th

If someday I make a dictionary of definitions wanting single words to head them, a cherished entry will be “To abridge, expand, or otherwise alter or cause to be altered for the sake of belated improvement, one’s own writings in translation.”

Vladimir Nabokov
Vladimir Nabokov (1899–1977), Russian-born U.S. novelist, poet. Invitation to a Beheading, foreword (1959).