A short story is like a kiss in the dark from a stranger.
— Stephen King
Somewhere around the place I’ve got an unfinished short story about Schrodinger’s Dog; it was mostly moaning about all the attention the cat got.
— Terry Pratchett
The short story is not the baby pool, it’s the diving pool.
— Cate Kennedy
A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph; a novel is a film.
— Lorrie Moore
Art is too long, and life is too short.
— Grace Paley (on why she only wrote short stories)
I know I was writing stories when I was five. I don’t know what I did before that. Just loafed, I suppose.
— P. G. Wodehouse
Life is a handful of short stories, pretending to be a novel.
— Anonymous