"I would talk in iambic pentameter if it were easier."
"A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man."Howard Nemerov on Lana Turner
"I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade... And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party."Howard Nemerov on Ron White
"A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice."Howard Nemerov on Bill Cosby
"Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes."Howard Nemerov on Jim Carrey
"Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive."Howard Nemerov on Elbert Hubbard
"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."
"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."