"For a Jewish Puritan of the middle class, the novel is serious, the novel is work, the novel is conscientious application why, the novel is practically the retail business all over again."
"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect."Howard Nemerov on Mark Twain
"The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax."Howard Nemerov on Albert Einstein
"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."Howard Nemerov on Colin Powell
"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."Howard Nemerov on Dale Carnegie
"If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance."Howard Nemerov on Abraham Lincoln
"I never abandoned either forms or freedom. I imagine that most of what could be called free verse is in my first book. I got through that fairly early."
"The nice thing about the Bible is it doesn't give you too many facts. Two an a half lines and it tells you the whole story and that leaves you a great deal of freedom to elaborate on how it might have happened."
"I would talk in iambic pentameter if it were easier."
"A chronicle is very different from history proper."
"History is one of those marvelous and necessary illusions we have to deal with. It's one of the ways of dealing with our world with impossible generalities which we couldn't live without."