52 Long Story Quotes On Success In Life

These long story quotes will inspire you. Long story, a description of how something happened that is complicated to explain.

A collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging long story quotes, long story sayings, and long story proverbs.

Best Long Story Quotes

  1. “Morning comes every day; the sunrise does not fail, nor the sunset.
    Give it time. That is all that may be required. Just give it time. Do not try to push the river. The cycles of life present themselves, play themselves out, and make smooth every passage and terrain.
    Try not to get caught up in your story of the moment. Look, rather, to the Long Story. Therein will be found your peace. The cycles will redeem this moment if you let them, and even this shall pass.” ~ Neale Donald Walsch
  2. “Reagan said that government is not the solution to our problems, government is the problem. And he was going to dismantle that government. Well, long story short, he failed to do that. He built up the military to a much greater status, more people in it, and actually more employees after the end of the Reagan administration. And, to achieve his objectives, he did some of the very same things that Trump is doing to achieve his. What Ronald Reagan really wanted to dismantle was the welfare state. And he had limited success in doing that.” ~ Brian Balogh
  3. “I think of something quite different from a snapshot. I know of a lot of poems, some very fine ones, that are like snapshots, but I’m more interested in poetry that is like an endless film, long stories, things that weave together many different strands, like a big piece of cloth, not like a photograph.” ~ Robert Bringhurst
  4. “Piper went a little crazy. She cried out with relief and dove straight into the water. What was she thinking? She didn’t take a rope or a life vest or anything. But at the moment, she was just so happy that she paddled over to Leo and kissed him on the cheek, which kind of surprised him. “Miss me?” Leo laughed. Piper was suddenly furious. “Where were you? How are you guys alive?” “Long story,” he said. A picnic basket bobbed to the surface next to him. “Want a brownie?” ~ Rick Riordan
  5. “I told personal stories the way [Bill] Cosby would spin a yarn for ten minutes. I think in hindsight it works better as a long story than as a condensed monologue.” ~ Ed Helms

  6. “And this is how it started. Just with coffee and the exchange of their long stories. Love can be incremental. Predicaments, too. Coffee can start a life just as it can start a day. This was the meeting of two people who were destined to love from before they were born, from before they made choices that would complicate their lives. This love just rolled toward my mother as though she were standing at the bottom of a steep hill. Mother had no hand in this, only heart.” ~ Tayari Jones
  7. “The Bible is one long story of God meeting our rebellion with His rescue, our sin with His salvation, our guilt with His grace, our badness with His goodness. The overwhelming focus of the Bible is not the work of the redeemed but the work of the Redeemer. Which means that the Bible is not first a recipe for Christian living but a revelation book of Jesus who is the answer to our un-Christian living.” ~ Tullian Tchividjian
  8. “The reason for such an “unreasonable” attitude with me is that I am not at all sure what will happen to me after death. I have good reasons to assume that things are not finished with death. Life seems to be an interlude in a long story.” ~ Carl Jung
  9. “What’s so great about television. You’re able to tell a long story, where you couldn’t really do that in a film because you have to tell a story in an hour and a half or two hours.” ~ Aaron Paul
  10. “Today, Angelina Jolie met with Pope Francis at the Vatican. Long story short: She adopted him.” ~ Conan O’Brien

  11. “The best way to make a long story short is to stop listening.” ~ Evan Esar
  12. “Anywhere you want. Thailand, South Carolina, Brezil, Peru– Oh, wait, no, I’m banned from Peru. I’d forgotten about that. It’s a long story, but amusing if you want to hear it.” ~ Magnus
  13. “I just like The Little Mermaid cartoon. Say what you want. I have a fish tank, it’s a long story. I have a fascination with the ocean, and you put a hot chick in there, it just adds more to it! I liked The Little Mermaid. It’s a cool movie. It’s one of those I watch over and over again.” ~ Gabriel Iglesias
  14. “It goes back a long way. I wanted to make Tristan + Isolde as my second movie. My first movie was The Duellists. And I was standing in a very romantic part of France looking around me thinking, “My God, this would be perfect for Tristan,” and to cut a long story short it never happened because I did Alien instead.” ~ Ridley Scott
  15. “I lose patience with long stories. I get people who go, “Crumb, do some long stories, do a graphic novel.” Novel-shovel.” ~ Robert Crumb

  16. “I was so lucky. I had a dad and a mom that loved me and my sisters so much. My Uncle Mike and Uncle Frank were married. They must be together for fortysomething years now. Long story short, there was never any stigma attached to that. At the youngest age, I remember my dad saying, “Sometimes men love men and women love women. It’s nature.” ~ Michael Buble
  17. “I just started writing and writing for people. And then, like I guess after (a) year of getting some placements, I kinda got a shot to be an artist. Long story short I think, yeah.” ~ PJ Harvey
  18. “Seth [Rogen] had written a script with this guy, Evan [Goldberg], who none of us knew, and he was prepared to move to L.A. to try to get a script made. It had no title. I actually gave them the suggestion of naming it Superbad, which they did. I just thought it was a weird, interesting name for it. Evan came to L.A. to live with Seth, to be his roommate. It was kind of like, “Who’s the new guy?” Within days, we all loved Evan. Long story short, both of them were groomsmen at my wedding.” ~ David Krumholtz
  19. “It seems that’s where Bill Clinton came in last night because he told this long story about how they met [with Hillary Clinton], how he courted her, how he bought a house to convince her, I think after the third proposal, to actually marry him. And he talked about her activism and her commitment and everything. And it was as if he could tell the narrative in a way that she couldn’t.” ~ Terry Gross
  20. “When my oldest brother started acting. From there, I wanted to act myself. That’s the long story short.” ~ Mara Wilson

  21. “To make a long story short, there’s nothing like having a boss walk in.” ~ Doris Lilly
  22. “It’s always a long goddamn story. Every time you ask anyone anything really important, it’s a long story.” ~ Peter Milligan
  23. “When I find that I am more conscious, it’s because I’m in tune with a higher reality. When I’m less conscious, it’s because I’ve cut off that entunement to some extent. Maybe through drinking, through anger, through whatever. And I realized then that God has to be an infinite consciousness, and that I had to be an expression of that consciousness. And that the goal of life then must be to become more and more in tune with that consciousness. And I decided to give my life to God. And around that time, to make a long story short, I found Autobiography of a Yogi.” ~ Goswami Kriyananda
  24. “When I wrote a long story about the retreat of sea ice, I made clear it could go the other way for a while, and that doesn’t mean we don’t know that a warmer world will have less sea ice. It just means there’s a lot of variability and people can pay too much attention to the big swings in one direction or the other.” ~ Andrew Revkin
  25. “When you want to say something very important, tell it with a short sentence! There is no time for long stories!” ~ Mehmet Murat Ildan

  26. “My brother Billy was the joke teller. My brother Jim had a really sharp, cutting wit. And the teller of long stories, that was my brother Ed. As a child, I just absorbed everything they said, and I was always in competition for the laughs.” ~ Stephen Colbert
  27. “I first had a version of this at a Japanese monastery during a silent retreat-don’t ask, it’s a long story.” ~ Gwyneth Paltrow
  28. “It’s a long story. Want a refill?” “No, let’s start the steak. Where’s the button?” “Right here.” “Well, push it.” “Me? You offered to cook.” “Ben Caxton, I will lie here and starve before I will get up to push a button six inches from your finger” “As you wish.” He pressed the button. “But don’t forget who cooked dinner.” ~ Robert A. Heinlein
  29. “Do you want to go back to Vienna?” he said. Alec didn’t answer, just stared into space. “Or we could go somewhere else,” said Magnus. “Anywhere you want. Thailand, South Carolina, Brazil, Peru – Oh, wait, no, I’m banned from Peru. I’d forgotten about that. It’s a long story, but amusing if you want to hear it.” ~ Cassandra Clare
  30. “Places are extremely important when writing a long story because place shapes a character.” ~ Tabitha King

  31. “You’re just the romantic age,” she continued- “fifty. Twenty-five is too worldly-wise; thirty is apt to be pale from overwork; forty is the age of long stories that take a whole cigar to tell; sixty is- oh, sixty is too near seventy, but fifty is the mellow age. I love fifty.” – Hildegarde” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
  32. “I’d slept with Ranger! Not sexually, of course. But I’d been in his bed. And then there was the evil shower gel. “It was all because of the shower gel,” I said. Morelli’s eyes narrowed. “Shower gel?” I made a major effort not to sigh. “Long story. You probably don’t want to hear it.” ~ Janet Evanovich
  33. “I’m going back to bed,” Grandma said when Mooner and Dougie left. “This doesn’t look too interesting. I liked it better the other night when you were on the floor with the bounty hunter.” Morelli gave me the same kind of look Desi always gave Lucy when she’d just done something incredibly stupid. “It’s a long story,” I said. “I bet.” ~ Janet Evanovich
  34. “The bus roared through Indiana cornfields that night; the moon illuminated the ghostly gathered husks; it was almost Halloween. I made the acquaintance of a girl and we necked all the way to Indianapolis. She was nearsighted. When we got off to eat I had to lead her by the hand to the lunch counter. She bought my meals; my sandwiches were all gone. In exchange I told her long stories.” ~ Jack Kerouac
  35. “But long story short, I didn’t start doing stand-up because I wanted to have a TV show or be an actor or even wanted to write sketch comedy. I got into stand-up because I love stand-up.” ~ Demetri Martin

  36. “These are the things before me. And as I stand here at the door of glory, I look behind me for the last time. I look upon the history of men, which I have learned from the books, and I wonder. It was a long story, and the spirit which moved it was the spirit of man’s freedom. But what is freedom? Freedom from what? There is nothing to take a man’s freedom away from him, save other men. To be free, a man must be free of his brothers. That is freedom. This and nothing else.” ~ Ayn Rand
  37. “There was no short answer to this; like so much else, it was a long story. But what really makes any story real is knowing someone will hear it. And understand.” ~ Sarah Dessen
  38. “people who say its a long story, mean it’s a stupid short one that they are too embarrassed and couldn’t be bothered to tell” ~ Cecelia Ahern
  39. “My father who in this case was an obsessive life-long storyteller, and by a very peculiar trick of my father’s. My father would tell a very, very long story, and the punch line would be in Yiddish.” ~ Stephen Greenblatt
  40. “Whenever you listen to a piece of music, what you are actually doing is hearing the latest sentence in a very long story you’ve been listening to – all the pieces of music you’ve ever heard.” ~ Brian Eno

  41. “All history is only one long story to this effect: men have struggled for power over their fellow-men in order that they might win the joys of earth at the expense of others and might shift the burdens of life from their own shoulders upon those of others.” ~ William Graham Sumner
  42. “Life is too short for a long story” ~ Mary Wortley Montagu
  43. “The vulture Nekhbet, who’d one possessed my gran (long story); the crocodile Sobek, who’d tried to kill my cat (longer story); and the lion goddess Sekhmet, whom we’d once vanished in hot sauce ( don’t even ask) – page 9” ~ Rick Riordan
  44. “Which do you fight for?” “Actually, I’m here by mistake.” “Mistake?” “Yes. Sort of. Well, it’s a long story. And now … I’m here. And I’m not fighting. My plan is to enjoy the food until you kick me out.” ~ Kiera Cass
  45. “In Mosca’s experience, a ‘long story’ was always a short story someone did not want to tell.” ~ Frances Hardinge

  46. “[Tyson] looked him over with that massive baby-brown eye. “You are not dead. I like it when you are not dead.” Ella fluttered to the ground and began preening her feathers. “Ella found a dog,” she announced. “A large dog. And a Cyclops.” Was she blushing? Before Percy could decide, his black mastiff pounced on him, knocking Percy to the ground and barking so loudly that even Arion backed up. “Hey, Mrs. O’Leary,” Percy said. “Yeah, I love you, too, girl. Good dog.” Hazel squeaked. “You have a hellhound named Mrs. O’Leary?” “Long story.” ~ Rick Riordan
  47. “Long story short, ghosts just coming out of the closet sucked at communication. Probably as bad as a beginner ghost whisperer sucked at getting them to communicate.” ~ C.C. Hunter
  48. “I’m a southern girl from Arkansas and I am just tryin to do my thing in the business. To make a long story short I’m just trying to be successful at what I do and work hard.” ~ Kiley Dean
  49. “I’ve never had a problem with someone saying “yeah you’re pretty, but you can’t rap.” In fact, I’ve heard things about other artists, opposed to me. To make a long story short, I’ve never had a problem with that. My skills speak for themselves.” ~ Jacki-O
  50. “Hazel blinked. “Two gods had a horse for a kid?” “Long story.” ~ Rick Riordan

  51. “The network wants you to make a thing that’s just a stand-alone episode, so you never get any character or continuity. This is one of the ways in which television can actually be good, and even better than the movies because it gives you a chance to tell a long story.” ~ Billy Campbell
  52. “To make a long story short, I auditioned for the role of Piper because I read the pilots every year and this show was head-and-shoulders above any pilot I’ve read in a while. It was amazing. So, I read for Piper and I knew that I wasn’t really right for it, but I loved it so much that I wanted to read for it.” ~ Laura Prepon

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