A while back I wrote an article about appreciating some of the longer sentences in literature (you can find it here). Now I want to honor some of the writers who manage to get their points across with an economy of words.
Short sentences are great for instantly engaging the reader. Some of the most memorable sentences in literature are 10 words or less and there is a whole world of creative six word stories are all over the internet.
This one by Hemingway is still my favorite.
So, less is indeed more sometimes. Enjoy the following short sentences, sorted by word count, and if you come up with any more to add, do so in the comments below.
The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new.
The schoolmaster was leaving the village, and everybody seemed sorry.
Jude the Obscure
Death is only the beginning; afterward comes the hard part.
The Death Instinct
Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins.
Beauty is an enormous, unmerited gift given randomly, stupidly.
And the Mountains Echoed
If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.
You better not never tell nobody but God.
The Color Purple
Get busy living or get busy dying.
The Shawshank Redemption
The curves of your lips rewrite history.
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Be men, or be more than men.
I hope, or I could not live.
Island of Dr Moreau
All this happened, more or less.
All children, except one, grow up.
After all, tomorrow is another day.
Gone with the Wind
A screaming comes across the sky.
I am an invisible man.
He loved Big Brother.
And one of the most famous short sentences in literature…