Part of the secret "call and response" codewords by which members of the long-lived Howard Families can identify others:
: Life is short.
But the years are long.
Not while the evil days come not.
Methuselah's Children (1958)
„In this age, which believes that there is a short-cut to everything, the greatest lesson to be learned is that the most difficult way, in the long run, is the easiest.“
— Henry Miller American novelist 1891 - 1980
The Books in My Life (1952) Preface (2nd edition. New York: New Directions Publishing, 1969, p. 12)
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe German writer, artist, and politician 1749 - 1832
Die Kunst ist lang, das Leben kurz, das Urteil schwierig, die Gelegenheit flüchtig.
Bk. VII, Ch. 9
Cf. Hippocrates, Ars longa vita brevis, Aphorisms 1:1
Wilhelm Meister's Lehrjahre (Apprenticeship) (1786–1830)
— Geoffrey Chaucer English poet 1343 - 1400
Source: The Devil and Miss Prym
„If we have learned one thing from the history of invention and discovery, it is that, in the long run — and often in the short one — the most daring prophecies seem laughably conservative.“
— Arthur C. Clarke British science fiction writer, science writer, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host 1917 - 2008
The Exploration of Space (1951), p. 111
„What we're learning in our schools is not the wisdom of life. We're learning technologies, we're getting information. There's a curious reluctance on the part of faculties to indicate the life values of their subjects.“
— Joseph Campbell American mythologist, writer and lecturer 1904 - 1987
Source: The Man with the Twisted Lip