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