Quotation by Vladimir Nabokov

To the questions of the officiously meddling police Falter replied absently and tersely; but, when he finally grew tired of this pestering, he pointed out that, having accidentally solved "the riddle of the universe," he had yielded to artful exhortation and shared that solution with his inquisitive interlocutor, whereupon the latter had died of astonishment.
Vladimir Nabokov (1899–1977), Russian-born U.S. novelist, poet. "Ultima Thule," A Russian Beauty and Other Stories (1973).
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