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

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Charles Dickens Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many - not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
Ronald Reagan Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.
Frederick Smith Fear of failure must never be a reason not to try something.
Boomer Esiason I have played on many teams throughout my career, and I know when a team has the tools, and the right positive attitude towards winning.
Laurence J. Peter Speak when you are angry - and you'll make the best speech you'll ever regret.
Aeschylus The words of truth are simple.
Damian Lewis You know, this idea of going around the world imposing democracy by growing a middle-class, a trading merchant class that is independent of your faith, is a good notion, but we're all partially different - it's no good imposing systems on people that it doesn't suit.
Leon Panetta Today, I think the attitude is that governing is not necessarily good politics, and the result is that it's much more partisan and much more divided.
Franz Kafka I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things.
Simon Travaglia Allowing yourself to smile takes 99% of the effort.
Henry James People talk about the conscience, but it seems to me one must just bring it up to a certain point and leave it there. You can let your conscience alone if you're nice to the second housemaid.
Henry A. Wallace There are probably several hundred thousand if we narrow the definition to include only those who in their search for money and power are ruthless and deceitful.
H. P. Lovecraft If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences.
Edwin Hubbel Chapin Poetry is the utterance of deep and heart-felt truth - the true poet is very near the oracle.
Paul Davies Should we find a second form of life right here on our doorstep, we could be confident that life is a truly cosmic phenomenon. If so, there may well be sentient beings somewhere in the galaxy wondering, as do we, if they are not alone in the universe.
Craig Ferguson It's the beauty and curse of doing a daily show. Some days you've got nothing to talk about and other days Dick Cheney shoots his lawyer in the face and everyone is happy.
Charles A. Beard All the lessons of history in four sentences: Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad with power. The mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly small. The bee fertilizes the flower it robs. When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
M. Night Shyamalan There is no one looking out for us. We are all alone.
Chuck Close I always thought that one of the reasons why a painter likes especially to have other painters look at his or her work is the shared experience of having pushed paint around.
Liam Neeson For every successful actor or actress, there are countless numbers who don't make it. The name of the game is rejection. You go to an audition and you're told you're too tall or you're too Irish or your nose is not quite right. You're rejected for your education, you're rejected for this or that and...

Howard Nemerov

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