"I do insist on making what I hope is sense so there's always a coherent narrative or argument that the reader can follow."
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning."Howard Nemerov on Albert Einstein
"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."Howard Nemerov on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."Howard Nemerov on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return."Howard Nemerov on Maya Angelou
"I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe."Howard Nemerov on Dalai Lama
"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."
"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."