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  • He knew that meant their mutiny had been short-lived, all three of them subdued in less than a minute.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • Then, remembering my responsibilities to my scientific supplies, I entered the cabin, barred the door, and regardless of the discomfort caused by the stench of the debris on the floor made myself as comfortable as I could on top of the table for the balance of the short-lived night.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • But my flight was short-lived.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Maybe they thought the invasion would be short-lived, and they thought they could wait it out.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four

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  • His own surprise was short-lived, melting into an apology.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • But a smart girl will realize that if her popularity hinges on "park and spark" it will be short-lived.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • But the unbridled happiness of the reunion was short-lived.
    Karen Levine  --  Hana’s Suitcase
  • That way, he had realized back during his short-lived schooldays, lay only trouble.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • After pinballing around Southern California, and doing a short-lived detour into the skiing culture of Mammoth Mountain, California, she decided she needed a less hectic lifestyle and a more challenging surf.
    Bethany Hamilton  --  Soul Surfer
  • Within a few weeks, he was able to get to the right classrooms on time, though it was a short-lived victory.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts

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  • Most nights the enemy would shoot pistol flares called ’very lights’ over the trenches, short-lived stars suspended in the air from parachutes, meant to illuminate possible targets for snipers.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • In any case, the decline of morale proved short-lived, for the Union armies did not fall apart and soon won some of their most decisive victories of the war.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Being out of his presence was a relief, but a short-lived one.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The relief I feel is short-lived, shifting into another kind of fear.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • A short-lived enterprise to match our short-lived career.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • Though my first attempt at it was pretty short-lived.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • Sometimes I did not understand him, but my periods of bewilderment were short-lived.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • But collective thinking is usually short-lived.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Enjoying the music is short-lived, though, when I feel my phone vibrate.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • His jubilance, however, was short-lived.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • But they were very rare and short-lived.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • Relief was short-lived.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • And my outrage was short-lived.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Yours is a short-lived-but prolific-race.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • But our fun was short-lived.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • But his good fortune was short-lived.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • A cheer went up from the Athena cabin, but our victory was short-lived.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • She could have stood there forever with him, but the reprieve was short-lived.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Every eighteen or twenty years her unlivable life would be interrupted by a short-lived glory?
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • As I should have expected, my happiness was short-lived.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • Is it always so short-lived?
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • There was power in the ability to do whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted to do it, but the pleasure was usually short-lived.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • Unfortunately her hope was short-lived, for the very next day Pedro Muzquiz appeared at the house, his esteemed father at his side, to ask for Tita’s hand in marriage.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • But you are young, even by the reckoning of your short-lived race-much less by that of the dwarves, dragons, and elves.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • It was easy to call his jailer’s attention to the noise, and watch his countenance as he listened; but might he not by this means destroy hopes far more important than the short-lived satisfaction of his own curiosity?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • My military career was short-lived, but very promising.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • I was relieved that Kali, most garrulous of women, had not come, but it was a short-lived relief.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • As darkness came on, the hunting-cries to right and left and rear drew closer—so close that more than once they sent surges of fear through the toiling dogs, throwing them into short-lived panics.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Langdon’s relief was short-lived.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Then the enthusiasm of the Grail had burned the bad gasses of the air into a short-lived beauty.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Our astonishment was short-lived, for it gave way to a curious kind of defensive shame; we were embarrassed for Pecola, hurt for her, and finally we just felt sorry for her.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • Heyward, who perceived that his superior took a malicious pleasure in exhibiting his contempt for the message of the French general, was fain to humor a spleen that he knew would be short-lived; he therefore, replied with as much indifference as he could assume on such a subject: "My request, as you know, sir, went so far as to presume to the honor of being your son."
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • His lightheartedness was short-lived.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • For a moment compassion restrained the latter’s arm; but that was a short-lived mood, and as quick as thought can follow thought his piece was levelled, and whang!
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • The rain was pounding the tent, tears were pouring down Her-mione’s face, and the excitement of a few minutes before had va-nished as if it had never been, a short-lived firework that had flared and died, leaving everything dark, wet, and cold.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Clary wondered, but the thought was short-lived; the darkness came back, and the hallucinations claimed her again.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • Better to sanctify the union, however short-lived, in Allah’s sight, Changazi cheerfully explained to Mortenson, than simply to have sex.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • His elation was short-lived.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • I’ve recalled it often, here in my hole: How the grass turned green in the springtime and how the mocking birds fluttered their tails and sang, how the moon shone down on the buildings, how the bell in the chapel tower rang out the precious short-lived hours; how the girls in bright summer dresses promenaded the grassy lawn.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • This, combined with his mysteri-ousness, causes some substantial sexual frisson among the women in the unit and his various classes-energy he casually harnesses in frequent, though usually short-lived, sexual liaisons.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
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