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Patience

  • It's easy finding reasons why other folks should be patient.

  • The best fire doesna flare up the soonest.

  • We usually learn to wait only when we have no longer anything to wait for.

  • There was a time when Patience ceased to be a virtue. It was long ago.

  • ... deferring gratification is a good definition of being civilized.

  • What is your need to eat the seed, / When growth might be so sweet?

  • ... patience is an integral part of talent.

  • What is so certain of victory as patience?

  • In times of uncertainty, wait. Always, if you have any doubt, wait. Do not force yourself to any action. If you have a restraint in your spirit, wait until all is clear, and do not go against it.

  • Like I always say, if you sit long enough by the crack of the door, you'll see your enemy go by in a hearse.

  • Patient endurance / Attaineth to all things.

    • Teresa of Avila,
    • "Bookmark," in Joanna Bankier and Deirdre Lashgari, eds., Women Poets of the World ()
  • ... all fruits do not ripen in one season.

  • You can't push a wave onto the shore any faster than the ocean brings it in.

  • ... as the years go on a sense of deep patience comes over one; one seems to know the virtue of ripeness, and the danger of rushing events.

  • A pleasure deferred is a pleasure intensified.

    • Adair Lara,
    • "Something to Look Forward To," San Francisco Chronicle ()
  • Who longest waits of all most surely wins.

  • One of the sources of pride in being a human being is the ability to bear present frustrations in the interests of longer purposes.

  • I was taught that the way of progress is neither swift nor easy.

  • There was a patient look on the old man's face, as if the world were a great mistake and he had nobody with whom to speak his own language or find companionship.

  • One step at a time.

  • Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.

  • Ah! 'All things come to those who wait' — / ... / They come, but often come too late!

    • Violet Fane,
    • "Tout Vient … Qui Sait Attendre," From Dawn to Noon ()
  • Patience is easier if you have respect for the person or thing with which you are trying to be patient.

    • Judy Kain,
    • in Jim Downs, The Book of Positive Qualities ()
  • Patience! Patience! Patience is the invention of dullards and sluggards. In a well-regulated world there should be no need of such a thing as patience.

    • Grace King,
    • "A Drama of Three," Balcony Stories ()
  • You can butcher the sheep only once. But if you are careful, you can shear the sheep every year.

  • Patience is the capacity to endure all that is necessary in attaining a desired end. ... Patience never forsakes the ultimate goal because the road is hard. There can be no patience without an object.

  • Her only levity is patience, / the sport of truly chastened things.

    • Kay Ryan,
    • "Turtle," The Best of It ()