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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.  —ღ Terri, March 2021

Half the annoyances of life will disappear if one is only patient under them. Almost all the other half will go the same way if one does not worry over them. ~Frank A. De Puy, "Happiness in the Home: Be Patient," The New Century Home Book, 1900

Find patience or it will never find you. ~Mike Dolan, @HawaiianLife, tweet, 2015

It is only the long and patient road that leads to anywhere. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912

Work well and wait; Impatience spoils the Sowing;
Don't dig up Seeds to see if they are Growing.
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Farming," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924

He who says Patience, says Courage, Endurance, Strength. ~Marie Dubsky, Freifrau von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830–1916), translated by Mrs Annis Lee Wister, 1882

She has all the patience of a boiling tea kettle… ~Charles M. Schulz, Peanuts, 1968  [Linus, about Lucy —tg]

Patience is sister to meekness, and humility is its mother. ~Proverb

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

All it takes is an apostrophe and a bit of an attitude adjustment to go from “impatient” to “I’m patient.” ~Terri Guillemets

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

In your patience possess ye your souls. ~Bible, Luke 21:19

See that you possess your soul in patience... ~John Janeway (1633–1657)

Possess your soul in patience, sweet cousin. Doesn't that sound Shakespearean? ~Amanda M. Douglas, In the Sherburne Line, 1907

I should have found in some place of my soul
A drop of patience...
~William Shakespeare, Othello, c.1604  [IV, 2, Othello]

How poor are they that have not patience!
What wound did ever heal but by degrees?
~William Shakespeare, Othello, c.1604  [II, 3, Iago]

If there be one attribute of the Deity which astonishes me more than another, it is the attribute of patience. The Great Soul that sits on the throne of the universe is not, never was, and never will be, in a hurry. In the realm of nature, every thing has been wrought out in the august consciousness of infinite leisure; and I bless God for that geology which gives me a key to the patience in which the creative process was effected. ~Timothy Titcomb (J.G. Holland), "Patience," Gold-Foil, Hammered from Popular Proverbs, 1859  [Quoted (Holland), in Gems for the Fireside, edited by O.H. Tiffany, 1883: "Geology gives us a key to the patience of God." —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

Patience is also a form of action. ~Auguste Rodin stealing the juice from tomorrow's fruit. ~Terri Guillemets

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

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