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Quotations about Patience
How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes, packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners, and instant cameras teach patience to its young? ~Paul Sweeney
Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you and scorn in the one ahead. ~Mac McCleary
Patience is the ability to count down before you blast off. ~Author Unknown
Beware the fury of a patient man. ~John Dryden, Absolam and Achitophel, 1680
Tell her to look sharp about sending an answer... if she keeps me waiting long after that letter's sent, I shall go off pop, like a bottle of ginger-beer; I know I shall—string won't hold me, nor wire either. ~Frank Smedley, "Helping a Lame Dog Over a Stile," in The World of Wit and Humour, 1873
Patience is a most necessary qualification for business; many a man would rather you heard his story than granted his request. ~Lord Chesterfield
Patience: A minor form of despair disguised as a virtue. ~Ambrose Bierce
You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance. ~Franklin P. Jones
Genius is nothing but a great aptitude for patience. ~George-Louis de Buffon
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
An ounce of patience is worth a pound of brains. ~Dutch Proverb [Quoted in P.J. Harrebomée, Spreekwoordenboek der Nederlandsche taal, c.1853, and in English: Henry G. Bohn, A Polyglot of Foreign Proverbs comprising French, Italian, German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, and Danish, with English Translations, 1857. Sometimes quoted as "A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains." —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]
Patience is better than wisdom: an ounce of patience is worth a pound of brains. All men praise patience, but few enough can practise it; it is a medicine which is good for all diseases, and therefore every old woman recommends it; but it is not every garden that grows the herbs to make it with. ~Charles H. Spurgeon (1834–1892), "On Patience" (John Ploughman)
Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. ~John Quincy Adams
Have patience, my friend, have patience;
For Rome wasn't built in a day!
You wear yourself out for nothing
In many and many a way!
Why are you nervous and fretty
When things do not move along fast;
Why let yourself get excited
Over things that will soon be past?
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "Patience" (1940s)
Patience is the companion of wisdom. ~St. Augustine
Patience is also a form of action. ~Auguste Rodin
...like stealing the juice out of tomorrow's fruit. ~Terri Guillemets
How poor are they that have not patience!
What wound did ever heal but by degrees?
~William Shakespeare, Othello
One moment of patience may ward off great disaster. One moment of impatience may ruin a whole life. ~Chinese Proverb
Experience has taught me this, that we undo ourselves by impatience. Misfortunes have their life and their limits, their sickness and their health. ~Michel de Montaigne
Last modified 2015 Sep 16 Wed 15:28 PDT