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1. "The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian."
Author: Aiden Wilson Tozer
2. "The proper union of gin and vermouth is a great and sudden glory; it is one of the happiest marriages on earth, and one of the shortest lived."
Author: Bernard DeVoto
3. "The longest way round is the shortest way home.(Quoting Alexander MacLaren, The Wearied Christ and Other Sermons)"
Author: C.S. Lewis
4. "Geniuses have the shortest biographies."
Author: Claire Messud
5. "I will be brief. Not nearly so brief as Salvador Dalí, who gave the world's shortest speech. He said, 'I will be so brief I am already finished' and sat down."
Author: Edward O. Wilson
6. "Graphical excellence is that which gives to the viewer the greatest number of ideas in the shortest time with the least ink in the smallest space."
Author: Edward R. Tufte
7. "It came to Mary now that her mother had been right, after all; Mary had been born for this. In sixteen years she'd shot along the shortest route she could find between life and death, as the crow flew."
Author: Emma Donoghue
8. "The shortest interval between two points is the awareness that they are not two."
Author: Eric Micha'el Leventhal
9. "She was brilliant and joyous and she believed- probably correctly- that libraries contain the answers to all things, to everything, and that if you can't find the information you seek in the library, then such information probably doesn't exist in this or any parallel universe now or ever to be known. She was thoughtful and kind and she always believed the best of everybody. She was, above all else, a master librarian and she knew where to find any book on any subject in the shortest possible time. And she was wonderfully unhinged."
Author: Gary Paulsen
10. "That's it for me. I'm fucked. As per usual. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Although come to think of it I was never even the freaking bridesmaid. Look, show your cock. It's the shortest line between two points. The world ain't giving away nice lives. You got a trust fund? You a genius? Show your cock. It's what you got."
Author: George Saunders
11. "HATE is the shortest of human emotions, it is stronger than love, more compelling than lust. Page 30. THE SCALPEL – GAME BENEATH (www.hsrissam.com"
Author: H.S. Rissam
12. "One boy's footprints are not long in being lost in the snow, in the steadily falling snow of the shortest day, the longest night; they are lost as soon as they are made. And once again the heath is clothed in drifting white. And there is no ghost, save the one ghost that lives in the heart of a motherless boy, till his footprints disappear."
Author: Halldór Laxness
13. "I am the shortest and least funny person in my family."
Author: Heather Donahue
14. "We should go forth on the shortest walk, perchance, in the spirit of undying adventure, never to return; prepared to send back our embalmed hearts only, as relics to our desolate kingdoms. If you are ready to leave father and mother, and brother and sister, and wife and child and friends, and never see them again; if you have paid your debts, and made your will, and settled all your affairs, and are a free man; then you are ready for a walk."
Author: Henry David Thoreau
15. "The relation of repetitions for learning and for repeating English stanzas needs no amplification. These were learned by heart on the first day with less than half of the repetitions necessary for the shortest of the syllable series."
Author: Hermann Ebbinghaus
16. "It is of course the nature of historical contraction that the shortest distance to a historical destination is never a straight line."
Author: Ibrahim Babangida
17. "We are, all four of us, blood relatives, and we speak a kind of esoteric, family language, a sort of semantic geometry in which the shortest distance between any two points is a fullish circle."
Author: J.D. Salinger
18. "Many years spent listening to the tribulations of man have persuaded me that the satisfaction of all desires is completely counterproductive to happiness. Instant and unrestrained gratification is the shortest and most direct route to unhappiness."
Author: James E. Faust
19. "Think you're escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home."
Author: James Joyce
20. "The shortest period of time lies between the minute you put some money away for a rainy day and the unexpected arrival of rain."
Author: Jane Bryant Quinn
21. "I want to invent a word that means "to stand tall, even when you feel small and frail." That word, as I envision it, will be "Buqz" (pronounced Bucks). And then, with my newly created word, I can formulate a sentence that ties the record for the shortest sentence that uses all 26 letters of the alphabet. That sentence is, "Flyph Wax, a starving midget jock, buqz."
Author: Jarod Kintz
22. "I'm not sure who invented dodgeball, but I can almost guarantee you that it wasn't the shortest kid in the class."
Author: John Bingham
23. "Eventually, some black thinkers believe, this "separation" may be the shortest route to an authentic communication at some future date when blacks and whites can enter into encounters in which they truly speak as equals and in which the white man will no longer load every phrase with unconscious suggestions that he has something to "concede" to black men or that he wants to help black men "overcome" their blackness."
Author: John Howard Griffin
24. "Try not to pay attention to those who will try to make life miserable for you. There will be a lot of those--in the official capacity as well as the self-appointed. Suffer them if you can't escape them, but once you have steered clear of them, give them the shortest shrift possible. Above all, try to avoid telling stories about the unjust treatment you received at their hands; avoid it no matter how receptive your audience may be. Tales of this sort extend the existence of your antagonists...."
Author: Joseph Brodsky
25. "If you visit London, you'll occasionally cross paths with young men (and less often women) on motor scooters, blithely darting in and out of traffic while studying maps affixed to their handlebars. These studious cyclists are training to become London cabdrivers. Before they can receive accreditation from London's Public Carriage Office, cabbies-in-training must spend two to four years memorizing the locations and traffic patterns of all 25,000 streets in the vast and vastly confusing city, as well as the locations of 1,400 landmarks. Their training culminates in an infamously daunting exam called "the Knowledge," in which they not only have to plot the shortest route between any two points in the metropolitan area, but also name important places of interest along the way. Only about three out of ten people who train for the Knowledge obtain certification."
Author: Joshua Foer
26. "Are you aiming for our make-up to bethe shortest in history or what?"
Author: Kristen Ashley
27. "Think of something useless, and that's probably what I'll be doing. Listen, Virginia, we need to love the useless. We need to raise pigeons without a thought of eating them, plant rose bushes without expecting to pick roses, write without aiming at publication. We need to do things without expecting benefits in return. The shortest distance between two points may be a straight line, but it's in the curving paths that the best things are found. . . . We must love the useless, because there is beauty in uselessness."
Author: Lygia Fagundes Telles
28. "Plain question and plain answer make the shortest road out of most perplexities."
Author: Mark Twain
29. "Even the longest beautiful path is perceived as very short and even the shortest ugly path is perceived as very long! Beauty changes the perceptions!"
Author: Mehmet Murat Ildan
30. "In terms of distance, the prodigal's pigsty is the farthest point from home; in terms of time, the pigsty is the shortest distance to the father's house."
Author: Os Guinness
31. "Of the four billion life forms which have existed on this planet, three billion, nine hundred and sixty million are now extinct. We don't know why. Some by wanton extinction, some through natural catastrophe, some destroyed by meteorites and asteroids. In the light of these mass extinctions it really does seem unreasonable to suppose that Homo sapiens should be exempt. Our species will have been one of the shortest-lived of all, a mere blink, you may say, in the eye of time."
Author: P.D. James
32. "Why are tall guys always attracted to short women? Not just moderately short women, either... Tiny women. Polly Pockets. The tallest guys always-always-always go for the shortest girls. Always.It's like they're so infatuated with their own height that they want to be with someone who makes them feel even taller. Someone they can tower over. A little doll that will make them feel even bigger and stronger."
Author: Rainbow Rowell
33. "'No' is the second shortest word in the English language, but one of the hardest to say."
Author: Raymond Arroyo
34. "The shortest path to more American jobs is more American energy and more jobs that relate to American energy."
Author: Roy Blunt
35. "One stifling summer afternoon last August, in the attic of a tiny stone house in Pennsylvania, I made a most interesting discovery: the shortest, cheapest method of inducing a nervous breakdown ever perfected. In this technique..., the subject is placed in a sharply sloping attic heated to 340 F and given a mothproof closet known as the Jiffy-Cloz to assemble."
Author: S.J. Perelman
36. "My dear," Rose said, "you might be surprised at how much happiness you can find in the pages of the shortest love stories. Unlike penises, their length truly does not count."
Author: Samantha Sotto
37. "The shortest way to do many things is to do only one thing at once."
Author: Samuel Smiles
38. "The shortest route to wealth is the contempt of wealth."
Author: Seneca
39. "Get up and dance, get up and smile, get up and drink to the days that are gone in the shortest while."
Author: Simon Fowler
40. "War means fighting. The business of the soldier is to fight. Armies are not called out to dig trenches, to throw up breastworks, to live in camps, but to find the enemy and strike him; to invade his country, and do him all possible damage in the shortest possible time. This will involve great destruction of life and property while it lasts; but such a war will of necessity be of brief continuance, and so would be an economy of life and property in the end."
Author: Stonewall Jackson
41. "There are many crooked lines and one straight line. Which is the line of truth? Why the straight line? Truth is always the shortest distance between two points."
Author: Sun Myung Moon
42. "And so the Shortest Day came and the year diedAnd everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white worldCame people singing, dancing,To drive the dark away.They lighted candles in the winter trees;They hung their homes with evergreen;They burned beseeching fires all night longTo keep the year alive.And when the new year's sunshine blazed awakeThey shouted, revelling.Through all the frosty ages you can hear themEchoing behind us - listen!All the long echoes, sing the same delight,This Shortest Day,As promise wakens in the sleeping land:They carol, feast, give thanks,And dearly love their friends,And hope for peace.And now so do we, here, now,This year and every year."
Author: Susan Cooper
43. "As Winston Churchill said, "If you're going through hell, keep going." I know from hard experience that can be the longest journey down the darkest road. And I have learned that sometime the shortest distance isnt' forward, but up."
Author: Tami Hoag
44. "Many people must be ruled to thrive. In their selfishness and greed, they see free people as their oppressors. They wish to have a leader who will cut the taller plants so the sun will reach them. They think no plant should be allowed to grow taller than the shortest, and in that way give light to all. They would rather be provided a guiding light, regardless of the fuel, than light a candle themselves."
Author: Terry Goodkind
45. "The shortest unit of time in the multiverse is the New York Second, defined as the period of time between the traffic lights turning green and the cab behind you honking."
Author: Terry Pratchett
46. "...when you put on your shortest dress, please leave some mystery in it. That's the difference between a miniskirt and a ho-skirt. A ho-skirt shows your Frisbee. A miniskirt shows just enough to cause some mystery. What these young women lack is mystery."
Author: Tyler Perry
47. "The shortest distance between two people is a smile."
Author: Victor Borge
48. "Recreational shopping is the shortest distance between two points: you and broke."
Author: Victoria Moran
49. "Concepts of justice must have hands and feet to carry out justice in every case in the shortest possible time and the lowest possible cost. This is the challenge to every lawyer and judge in America."
Author: Warren E. Burger
50. "Pain dies quickly, and lets her weary prisoners go; the fiercest agonies have shortest reign."
Author: William C. Bryant

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