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Howard Nemerov Quotes and Sayings

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Nothing in the universe can travel at the speed of light,
they say, forgetful of the shadow's speed.
- Howard Nemerov

Related topics: Science

I sometimes talk about the making of a poem within the poem.
- Howard Nemerov

I would talk in iambic pentameter if it were easier.
- Howard Nemerov

Shakespeare tells the same stories over and over in
so many guises that it takes a long time before you notice.
- Howard Nemerov

 

The spirit world doesn't admit to communicating with me,
so it's fairly even.
- Howard Nemerov

Language is remarkable, except under the extreme constraints
of mathematics and logic,
it never can talk only about what it's supposed to
talk about but is always spreading around.
- Howard Nemerov

I have a plot, but not much happens.
- Howard Nemerov

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The historian is terribly responsible to what he can
discern are the facts of the case,
but he's nothing if he doesn't make out a case.
- Howard Nemerov

We're not in love with Literature all the time -
especially when you have to teach it every day.
- Howard Nemerov

When Robert Frost was alive, I was known as the other new England poet,
which is to be barely known at all.
- Howard Nemerov

Write what you know.
That should leave you with a lot of free time.
- Howard Nemerov

Occasionally a student writer comes up with something
really beautiful and moving,
and you won't know for years if it was an accident
or the first burst of something wonderful.
- Howard Nemerov

I've thought of the last line of some poems for years and tried them out,
It wouldn't work because the last line was much too beautiful for the poem.
- Howard Nemerov

A teacher is a person who never says anything once.
- Howard Nemerov

It may be said that poems are in one way like icebergs:
only about a third of their bulk appears above the surface of the page.
- Howard Nemerov

When you write it doesn't occur to you that somebody
could think different from what you do.
- Howard Nemerov

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.
- Howard Nemerov

I do insist on making what I hope is sense so there's
always a coherent narrative or argument that the reader can follow.
- Howard Nemerov

Robert Frost had always said you mustn't think of the last line first,
or it's only a fake poem, not a real one.
I'm inclined to agree.
- Howard Nemerov

I think there's one thing which distinguishes our art -
we don't consider.
We don't think.
We write a little verse because it comes to us.
- Howard Nemerov

When I was starting to write, the great influence was T.S.
Eliot and after that William Butler Yeats.
- Howard Nemerov

I like all my children, even the squat and ugly ones.
- Howard Nemerov

When modern writers gave up telling stories,
they gave up the greatest thing we had.
- Howard Nemerov

Language cares.
- Howard Nemerov

I am not at all clear what free verse is anymore.
That's one of the things you learn not to know.
- Howard Nemerov

A lot happens by accident in poetry.
- Howard Nemerov

Mostly the thought and the verse come inseparably.
In my poem Poetics, it's as close as I come to telling how I do it.
- Howard Nemerov

Once in awhile you have a thought, and you rhyme it.
- Howard Nemerov

I've never read a political poem that's accomplished anything.
Poetry makes things happen, but rarely what the poet wants.
- Howard Nemerov

A chronicle is very different from history proper.
- Howard Nemerov

Obvious enough that generalities work to protect the
mind from the great outdoors;
is it possible that this was in fact their first purpose?
- Howard Nemerov

The secrets of success are a good wife and a steady job.
My wife told me.
- Howard Nemerov

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.
- Howard Nemerov

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.
- Howard Nemerov

I liked the kid who wrote me that he had to do a term
paper on a modern poet and he was doing me because,
though they say you have to read poems twice,
he found he could handle mine in one try.
- Howard Nemerov

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.
- Howard Nemerov

I think there was a revolution in poetry,
associated chiefly with Eliot and Pound;
but maybe it is of the nature of revolutions or of
the nature of history that their innovations should
later come to look trivial or indistinguishable from technical tricks.
- Howard Nemerov

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
- Helen Keller

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

I say NO to the demands of the world.
I say YES to the longings of my own heart.
There is nothing I ever need to have.
There is nothing I ever need to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Choose Inner Peace.
Nothing is worth losing your inner peace.
Take action as circumstances require,
but never surrender your inner peace.
Stop. Breathe deeply.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply again.
Then, and only then, take action -
from a peaceful heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is nothing either good or bad,
but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

Nothing you do for a child is ever wasted.
- Garrison Keillor

Trust in the Light.
Darkness is not a force -
it is merely the absence of light.
Observe that when a light is brought to a dark place,
the darkness disappears.
Sadness is similar -
when joy is brought to suffering,
the sadness disappears.
Open yourself to the Light!
Hold back nothing,
Trust in the Light.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nothing is softer or more flexible than water,
yet nothing can resist it.
- Lao Tzu

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you
it's going to be a butterfly.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Nothing in life is to be feared.
It is only to be understood.
- Marie Curie

Where There is Love,
Nothing is Missing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing,
of just going along,
listening to all the things you can't hear,
and not bothering.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Fully experience THIS moment -
breathe in, breathe out - nothing more.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is nothing I ever need to have.
There is nothing I ever need to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is nothing with which every man is so afraid
as getting to know how enormously much
he is capable of doing and becoming.
- Soren Kierkegaard

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.
- Socrates

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared
believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.
- Bruce Barton

To know everything is to know nothing,
but to know nothing is to know everything.
- Confucius

The world is a dangerous place,
not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.
- Albert Einstein

He who is not courageous enough to take risks
will accomplish nothing in life.
- Muhammad Ali

A system of morality which is based
on relative emotional values
is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception
which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.
- Socrates

A warrior acts as if he knows what he is doing,
when in effect he knows nothing.
- Carlos Castaneda

Nothing external to you has any power over you.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The world you see has nothing to do with reality.
It is of your own making and does not exist.
- A Course In Miracles

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.
- Socrates

Where There is Love, Nothing is Missing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love bravely, live bravely, be courageous,
there's really nothing to lose.
- Jewel

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.
Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
- Marie Curie

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
- Anonymous

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous
than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.


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