The long and the short

the whole; a brief summing up.

See also: Short

References in classic literature ?
But it's gone, that's the long and the short of it, and you'll just have to change to a red flann'l one till I can get time to make a new one.
Now, then," I continued, "I COULD work both kinds of prophecy -- the long and the short -- if I chose to take the trouble to keep in practice; but I seldom exercise any but the long kind, because the other is beneath my dignity.