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The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark. Michelangelo, sculptor


Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other. Walter Elliot, politician


You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry, don't worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way. Walter Hagen, athlete


We are all human and fall short of where we need to be. We must never stop trying to be the best we can be. Richard Adams, clergyman


My mom is always telling me it takes a long time to get to the top, but a short time to get to the bottom. Miley Cyrus, musician


By experience we find out a short way by a long wandering. Roger Ascham, writer


In short, software is eating the world. Marc Andreessen, businessman


Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs. Charlotte Bronte, novelist


If you're short on passion, it might be because your goals are too small or the fear is too big. Seth Godin, writer


However far modern science and techniques have fallen short of their inherent possibilities, they have taught mankind at least one lesson; nothing is impossible. Lewis Mumford, sociologist


Life is too short to miss out on the beautiful things like a double cheeseburger. Channing Tatum, actor


If you haven't got it. Fake it! Too short? Wear big high heels, but do practice walking! Victoria Beckham, musician


I don't want to be an action star, an action star's life is so short. I want my life to get longer, I want my career to get longer. Jackie Chan, actor


Being 5' 10, I was supposed to be too short to play college volleyball. So that gave me the hunger and the fire to say, Oh yeah? I'd just hit the crap out of the ball. Summer Altice, model


The life so short, the craft so long to learn. Hippocrates, scientist


Falling out of love is very enlightening. For a short while you see the world with new eyes. Iris Murdoch, author


Short, successful military adventures are as effective as the Super Bowl in diverting people's attention from unpleasant truths. John Stockwell, celebrity


Anger is a short madness. Horace, poet


Communism is the death of the soul. It is the organization of total conformity - in short, of tyranny - and it is committed to making tyranny universal. Adlai E. Stevenson, politician


Be patient and understanding. Life is too short to be vengeful or malicious. Phillips Brooks, clergyman


The list of women to potentially be on a major party ticket, in both parties, is embarrassingly short. Eleanor Clift, journalist


Regarding one's career: always be prepared, no short cuts - hard work is the only alternative that really works. Kiana Tom, model


In history, the moments during which reason and reconciliation prevail are short and fleeting. Stefan Zweig, writer


It's thrilling. There's birth and death and frustration and victory in raising horses. It's like a little microcosm of life is built into the short lives of these creatures. John Phillips, musician


Life is too short to blend in. Paris Hilton, celebrity


Childhood is a short season. Helen Hayes, actress


I am told that I talk in shorthand and then smudge it. J. R. R. Tolkien, novelist


She was good at playing abstract confusion in the same way that a midget is good at being short. Clive James, writer


One night some short weeks ago, for the first time in her not always happy life, Marilyn Monroe's soul sat down alone to a quiet supper from which it did not rise. Clifford Odets, playwright


To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent. Buddha, leader


Most of the arguments to which I am party fall somewhat short of being impressive, knowing to the fact that neither I nor my opponent knows what we are talking about. Rodney Dangerfield, comedian


You have only a short period of time in your life to make your mark, and I'm there now. George Clooney, actor


Life is short, and it is here to be lived. Kate Winslet, actress


Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet. Sarah Louise Delany, educator


Yes, you can lose somebody overnight, yes, your whole life can be turned upside down. Life is short. It can come and go like a feather in the wind. Shania Twain, musician


A life without adventure is likely to be unsatisfying, but a life in which adventure is allowed to take whatever form it will is sure to be short. Bertrand Russell, philosopher


Life is too short to have anything but delusional notions about yourself. Gene Simmons, musician


What I learned, a little too late, was that the 'traditional' Martin Short target viewer weighs under 300 pounds. Unfortunately, I was on during daytime. Martin Short, actor


What was the competition? Well, I remember this Puerto Rican who came out in a short skirt and a gun. Sarah Vaughan, musician


I feel that life is short, so we should be disciplined, but at the same time we should have a good time. Wyclef Jean, musician


Many of my short stories (all unpublished) were horror, and the novel I'd just finished was horror, too. George Stephen, businessman


Do you know why language manifests itself the way it does in my work? It's because I understand short attention spans. Barbara Kruger, artist


It's taken me longer still to realize what a short span there is between those life experiences and the rest of your life. That's a job for the people who lived through it. Jeremy Northam, actor


It's a short step from the belief that every child should be wanted to the belief that a child exists to satisfy our wants. Leon Kass, educator


I actually went to film school and was making experimental films for a short time, so it wasn't such a leap. Jim Coleman, actor


To be with the others, you have to have your hair short and wear ties. So we're trying to make a third world happen, you know what I mean? Jimi Hendrix, musician


There's a joy in writing short stories, a wonderful sense of reward when you pull certain things off. Tobias Wolff, writer


When I left school I went on trip around the world - I only got as far as Australia, but like a bloody fool I cut it short because of a girl. It's probably one of my big regrets in life. Ben Nicholson, artist


Fitting in is a short-term strategy, standing out pays off in the long run. Seth Godin, writer


Most of the arguments to which I am party fall somewhat short of being impressive, owing to the fact that neither I nor my opponent knows what we are talking about. Robert Benchley, comedian


All I really want to be is boring. When people talk about me, I'd like them to say, Carol's basically a short Bill Bradley. Or, Carol's kind of like Al Gore in a skirt. Carol Moseley Braun, politician


The telephone, which interrupts the most serious conversations and cuts short the most weighty observations, has a romance of its own. Virginia Woolf, author


I feel with ELP that I wasn't making the most of my life and I wasn't making the most of my creativity. I was marking time. I don't want to do that. Life is to short. Greg Lake, musician


For one swallow does not make a summer, nor does one day; and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy. Aristotle, philosopher


It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come. Dalai Lama, leader


Corn ethanol can help in the short term, but it has serious limitations, and none of this is going to work if we don't dramatically improve the efficiency of our cars and trucks. David Friedman, musician


The long time to come when I shall not exist has more effect on me than this short present time, which nevertheless seems endless. Marcus Tullius Cicero, statesman


I surrendered my youth to the people I feared when I could have been out there loving someone. Don't make that mistake yourself. Life's too damn short. Armistead Maupin, novelist


I was told I would never make it because I'm too short. Well, I'm still too short. It doesn't matter what your height is, it's what's in your heart. Kirby Puckett,


Country people do not behave as if they think life is short; they live on the principle that it is long, and savor variations of the kind best appreciated if most days are the same. Edward Hoagland, author


Hemingway is terribly limited. His technique is good for short stories, for people who meet once in a bar very late at night, but do not enter into relations. But not for the novel. W. H. Auden, poet


I thank the Almighty for the most wonderful 18 years. Far, far, too short a time. John Zimmerman, athlete


Be realistic and truthful - and tell Hong Kong businessmen honestly that they should go for long-term investments since it is unlikely money can be made in the short haul. Zhu Rongji, statesman


My only regret about being gay is that I repressed it for so long. I surrendered my youth to the people I feared when I could have been out there loving someone. Don't make that mistake yourself. Life's too damn short. Armistead Maupin, novelist


The farmers in Kansas are sorely in need of a credit system meeting their special requirements, that they may more readily obtain money on short or long time for their farming operations, or that they may become owners of farms. Arthur Capper, politician


My music is homegrown from the garden of New Orleans. Music is everything to me short of breathing. Music also has a role to lift you up - not to be escapist but to take you out of misery. Allen Toussaint,


The thing about hip-hop today is it's smart, it's insightful. The way they can communicate a complex message in a very short space is remarkable. Barack Obama, president


A fan sent me a letter and a $10 bill. It's a short letter - all she said was, "Hey, since it's harder for you to go out these days without getting photographed, here $10 for a pizza." I was like, "Aww, she sent me money for a pizza so I could eat at home!" Zac Efron, actor


The Span of Life is too short to be trifled away in unconcerning and unprofitable Matters. Mary Astell, writer


I would love to have a photographic memory. It would come in handy with the rants I'm given on Scrubs... often on short notice! John C. McGinley, actor


I used to write things for friends. There was this girl I had a crush on, and she had a teacher she didn't like at school. I had a real crush on her, so almost every day I would write her a little short story where she would kill him in a different way. Stephen Colbert, comedian


I'm not a risk taker. I don't do plunging necklines or really short skirts. I try to stay as classy as possible and provide a little mystery. Kristen Bell, actress


Life is too short, and I'm Italian. I'd much rather eat pasta and drink wine than be a size 0. Sophia Bush, actress


The life of an action star is very short. I want to be an actor like Robert De Niro , like Dustin Hoffman or Clint Eastwood who in their 70s or 80s can still act. Jackie Chan, actor


The very idea of marriage is basic to recognition as equals in our society; any status short of that is inferior, unjust, and unconstitutional. Ted Olson, politician


I heard a definition once: Happiness is health and a short memory! I wish I'd invented it, because it is very true. Audrey Hepburn, actress


A positive attitude is not going to save you. What it's going to do is, everyday, between now and the day you die, whether that's a short time from now or a long time from now, that every day, you're going to actually live. Elizabeth Edwards, lawyer


Science sometimes falls short when trying to fathom the depths of our essence - and our inspiration comes from that essence. Lance Secretan, businessman


I was frustrated because I couldn't get going, as I was trying to figure out how to make films. I had various jobs, I taught a SAT class, I was a bartender, I had a day job at an office and was making short films. David O. Russell, director


Macbeth is a very popular play with audiences. If you want to sell out a theater, just mount a production of Macbeth. It's a short play, it's an exciting play, it's easy to understand, and it attracts great acting. Ian Mckellen, actor


I did play two years of high school football and was very short and uncoordinated but the second year I was very tall and skinny and very uncoordinated. Kyle Chandler, actor


I hope that tomorrow we can all, wherever we are, join in expressing our grief at Diana's loss, and gratitude for her all-too-short life. It is a chance to show to the whole world the British nation united in grief and respect. Queen Elizabeth II, royalty


Less really is more. It's a tendency of beginning writers to want to prove what they're talking about by going too far with description. I think you've got to keep it short, crisp and clean. Brad Thor, novelist


I started writing short stories. I tried writing horror, mystery, science fiction. I joined a little critique group here in town and ran my stories past them. After about three years, I tackled my first novel, Subterranean. It took me 11 months to write. James Rollins, author


Our citizens are tired of big government raising their taxes and cooking up new ways to micromanage their lives, our citizens are tired of big government killing jobs with their do-gooder policies. In short the people are Fed Up! Rick Perry, politician


What's so wonderful about being 6'3". What is this mythical edge tall men have over average and short men? Regis Philbin, entertainer


I was a lawyer for 10 years - a short time, but it molded me into who I am. My clients were little people fighting big corporations, so it was a natural thing to not only represent the little guy but also to pull for him - it's the American way. John Grisham, writer


When you explain to people what you're trying to do, as opposed to just making demands or delegating tasks, you can build instant trust, even if it's just for that short time you're on the phone. Simon Sinek, author


Life is too short no matter what party you are with. Scott Baio, actor


I don't believe that you can be too short as a quarterback. It's not about height. Drew Brees, athlete


I was supposed to be too short to play college volleyball. Summer Altice, model


Last year was a tough decision for me, to end my season so short. But it was the right decision for me, because right now I feel great. I can go out here and sprint full speed right now, but I'm just going to pace myself for April 5. Brian Jordan, athlete


Personally, I'm an advocate for short engagements. Long sometimes means there is a reason for it. Two years engaged and no wedding... I'd be upset. Emily Blunt, actress


I have always considered reunions to be a way to make a quick buck, and it sells short my own experience of it the first time around. Eric Avery, musician


Life is too short to worry about anything. You had better enjoy it because the next day promises nothing. Eric Davis, athlete


I was a girly-girl until I moved to New York. Then I got really into the androgynous look of the early-'90s club scene. I had really short hair and started blurring the line a bit. But for me, grade school was about Benetton, Esprit, and Guess jeans. Chloe Sevigny, actress


When I was in high school, I ran hurdles, but I was really short, so I'd barely clear them. I was pretty quick, but I had little legs, so I had to take 50 steps in between each hurdle. Chris Kirkpatrick, musician


I think it's easiest to teach by example. My dad didn't tell us to work hard; we just saw how hard he worked. I know I have shortcomings - like a short fuse - but I've learned you can't come home from a long day of work and snap at the kids. Chris O'Donnell, actor


I go short and sweet on the engagement. I did have a longish engagement, but I think short and sweet is best. Leelee Sobieski, actress


I'm much better off the tee. I'm not a great putter. I do not have a good short game. Molly Sims, model


Anyone who criticises me for talking about fair trade is a few pebbles short of a beach. Because everyone should care about it, just like everyone should care about the environment, because we all live here. Chris Martin, musician


Never in my short career, I've never had that experience where I wasn't sure if I was acting or if it was real. Gemma Arterton, actress


I'm not a writer. I think I can write short stories and poetry, but film writing, brilliant film writing, is a talent - you can't just do it like that. Samantha Morton, actress


I don't like losing but I've mellowed. I maybe have a short fuse but it goes away quicker now. Alex Ferguson, coach


When I'm bored or tired of being blonde, I'll throw on a wig. It's a lot less of a permanent way to change your look, and I have about 10 - all different colors, shapes, bobs, long hair, short, feathered. Sara Blakely, businesswoman


It's very difficult for my body to recover after workouts now that I'm older, so we have to keep them short, which means they're extremely difficult and intense. It sucks. Dana Torres, athlete


I'm getting fat... because my size, I put on 20 or 30 pounds, it doesn't show very much... I'm thinking about going back to work out in a very short time. Yao Ming, athlete


It is a foregone opportunity that we could have a trillion dollars more of income for the United States if we were producing at capacity rather than falling so far short of it. Peter Orszag, economist


A sign now of success with a certain audience when you do a short comedy piece, anywhere, is that it gets on YouTube and gets around. It's always something you're thinking about unconsciously. Andy Samberg, comedian


Only God knows why I didn't make it with the Mets, but yes, in a short period of time, I got the opportunity with the Phillies. Pedro Martinez, athlete


In my book, I detail the critical information we obtained from al Qaeda terrorists after they became compliant following a short period of enhanced interrogation. I have no doubt that that interrogation was legal, necessary and saved lives. Jose A. Rodriguez, Jr., public servant


The only things that haven't worked for me are when I've held back. There's no reason to sell an idea short. The only risk would be to not fulfill the dream. Ron Johnson, politician


But I quite like that the public has a very short attention span. If I haven't been on telly for a little bit, I can sense it. People don't take as much notice of you, it's really quite palpable. Sophie Ellis Bextor, musician


I just find Bobby Kennedy's short campaign for president so inspiring because his rhetoric identified what America can be like if we care about each other. Tim Ryan, politician


I'm 47, You learn life is short and it's not worth doing something if you don't enjoy it. Trisha Yearwood, musician


What I remember about that experience is that if you went to go see ' Born On The Fourth Of July' and you happened to take a bathroom break real quick or grab some popcorn, you probably missed me. It was short, but it was memorable. Vivica Fox, actress


The only way to win tournaments is with the short game. Over half your shots out here are within 30 or 40 yards. Ballstriking is where I'm trying to improve, yes, but more to eliminate big numbers than make birdies. Phil Mickelson, athlete


I've been boxing ever since I was 16. I love surprising people who think a short, blond girl can't fight! Just because I look a certain way doesn't mean I'm weak. Brittany Snow, actress


A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience. Doug Larson, cartoonist


Maturity is only a short break in adolescence. Jules Feiffer, cartoonist


Is advertising moral? It is part and parcel of the American free enterprise system... I challenge anybody to show any economic system that has done as much for so many in so short a time. Morris Hite, businessman


I'm not overweight. I'm just nine inches too short. Shelley Winters, actress


To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short. Confucius, philosopher


Young man, young man, your arm's too short to box with God. James Weldon Johnson, poet


A man can be short and dumpy and getting bald but if he has fire, women will like him. Mae West, actress


Is life not a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves? Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher


The short words are best, and the old words are the best of all. Winston Churchill, statesman


I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong. Elizabeth II, royalty


There is something that falls short of perfection in every book, without exception, something influenced by the age, even something ridiculous; just like everyone, without exception, has weaknesses. Josef Skvorecky, writer


A veritable incubator of short cuts, schemes and devices to overcome the truth. David A. Stockman, playwright


Future shock is the shattering stress and disorientation that we induce in individuals by subjecting them to too much change in too short a time. Alvin Toffler, author


There's only a short walk from the hallelujah to the hoot. William Kennedy, writer


My experience has been in a short 77 years that in the end when you fight for a desperate cause and have good reasons to fight, you usually win. Edward Teller, physicist


We do not know what to do with this short life, yet we want another which will be eternal. Anatole France, novelist


You never realize how short a month is until you pay alimony. John Barrymore, actor


I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it. Voltaire, writer


The attitude is we live and let live. This is actually an amazing change in values in a rather short time and it's an example of freedom from religion. Tom Wolfe, journalist


True humility is intelligent self respect which keeps us from thinking too highly or too meanly of ourselves. It makes us modest by reminding us how far we have come short of what we can be. Ralph W. Sockman, leader


He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. Is not life a hundred times too short for us to bore ourselves? Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher


My parents were in short street, so they had to go abroad to economize. Queen Mary, royalty


Worry is spiritual short sight. Its cure is intelligent faith. Paul Brunton, philosopher


A good sermon should be like a woman's skirt: short enough to arouse interest but long enough to cover the essentials. Ronald Knox, theologian


Forget the image, forget the ensemble, forget the rumours, forget the short skirts, the big hair, whatever! I owe this to the fans and I will never forget you so I want to accept this award on behalf of all of you. Mariah Carey, musician


While democracy in the long run is the most stable form of government, in the short run, it is among the most fragile. Madeleine Albright, statesman


Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all. Winston Churchill, statesman


Let your Discourse with Men of Business be Short and Comprehensive. George Washington, president


The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions. Robert Wilson Lynd, writer


Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all. Winston Churchill, statesman


Many people know so little about what is beyond their short range of experience. They look within themselves - and find nothing! Therefore they conclude that there is nothing outside themselves either. Helen Keller, author


Do what you love to do and give it your very best. Whether it's business or baseball, or the theater, or any field. If you don't love what you're doing and you can't give it your best, get out of it. Life is too short. You'll be an old man before you know it. Al Lopez, coach



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