royal road to

royal road to (something)

The easiest, most direct, or most effective way to reach or achieve something. The institution is the lone royal road to getting work as a filmmaker in this country, effectively creating a monopoly within the industry that they are free to exploit. If they can win their division, they will be on the royal road to the championship during the playoffs.
See also: road, royal

royal road to

a way of attaining or reaching something without trouble.
This expression alludes to a remark attributed to the Greek mathematician Euclid ( c .300 bc ). When the Egyptian ruler Ptolemy I asked whether geometry could not be made easier, Euclid is said to have replied: ‘There is no royal road to geometry’.
See also: road, royal
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Have a small Sullivan first: it's the royal road to a cigar.
The lover has no talent, no skill, which passes for quite nothing with his enamoured maiden, however little she may possess of related faculty; and the heart which abandons itself to the Supreme Mind finds itself related to all its works, and will travel a royal road to particular knowledges and powers.
There's no royal road to learning; and what is life but learning
The driveway is the royal road to the home, and many people look to install gates to separate their territory from the broader roadway, as well as provide enhanced protection and deterrents against prospective offenders.
Fazal added that Pakistan is a self-sufficient and independent state and we should not indulge in inferiority complex, adding that we will have to overcome these weaknesses and the royal road to get rid of these, is to take all the stakeholders along.
They cover elements of Hilbert space theory, Sobolev lattices, linear partial differential equations with constant coefficients, linear evolution equations, some evolution equations of mathematical physics, a royal road to initial boundary value problems.
THE ROYAL ROAD TO JOY: THE BEATITUDES AND THE EUCHARIST.
For that reason, he wrote, "the interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind.
The royal road to a spiritual identity for many post-boomers is through personal experience, not doctrine.
The Museo Rural Posta de Sisacate integrates the chains of postas that linked the ancient royal road to Peru.
In 1971, when novelist Stephen Amidon was 12 years old, he moved with his family from suburban New Jersey to Columbia, Maryland, a "model town" founded on the idea that comprehensive, centralized city planning opened the royal road to improved quality of life.
Euclid gave his oft-quoted reply, ``There is no royal road to geometry.
Historically, education has been the vehicle by which minority groups have entered the mainstream of American life, and education is likely to remain the royal road to satisfying and productive professional careers and personal lives.
Who would deny that liberals them selves have also planned and paved the royal road to this "end" of history?
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