An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Patience is passion tamed.


Lyman Abbott (1835-1922, American congregational clergyman and editor)


Slow and steady wins the race.


Aesop (620-560 BC, Greek fabulist)


With close-lipped Patience for our only friend, Sad Patience, too near neighbor to Despair.


Matthew Arnold (1822-1888, British poet, critic)


Perhaps there is only one cardinal sin: impatience. Because of impatience we were driven out of Paradise, because of impatience we cannot return.


W. H. Auden (1907-1973, Anglo-American poet)


Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


Little by little, through patience and repeated effort, the mind will become stilled in the Self.


Bhagavad Gita (c. BC 400-, Sanskrit poem incorporated into the Mahabharata)


Patience. A minor form of despair disguised as a virtue.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


Nature thrives on patience; man on impatience.


Paul Boese


No emergency excuses you from exercising tolerance.


Phyllis Bottome (1884-1963, American writer)


I waited and waited, and when no message came, I knew It must have been from you™.


Ashleigh Brilliant (1933-, British-American humorist)

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Inaction may be the biggest form of action.


Jerry Brown


Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius.


Georges-Louis Leclerc Buffon (1707-1788, French naturalist)


Never think that God's delays are God's denials. Hold on; Hold fast; Hold out. Patience is genius.


Georges-Louis Leclerc Buffon (1707-1788, French naturalist)


Patience is not active; on the contrary, it is active; it is concentrated strength.


Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873, British novelist, poet)


Patience will achieve more than force.


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


Serene I fold my hands and wait.


John Burroughs (1837-1921, American naturalist, author)


It is not necessary for all men to be great in action. The greatest power is often simple patience.


Horace Bushnell (1802-1876, American congregational minister, theologian)


I believe I was impatient with unintelligent people from the moment I was born: a tragedy -- for I am myself three-parts a fool.


Patrick Campbell (1913-1980, Irish humorist)


If I'm not back in five minutes... just wait longer!


Jim Carrey (1962-, Canadian-born American comedian, actor)


Patience and shuffle the cards.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


I do not have much patience with a thing of beauty that must be explained to be understood. If it does need additional interpretation by someone other than the creator, then I question whether it has fulfilled its purpose.


Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977, British comic actor, filmmaker)


Patience is the most necessary quality for business, many a man would rather you heard his story than grant his request.


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


It is by attempting to reach the top in a single leap that so much misery is produced in the world.


William Cobbett (1762-1835, British journalist, reformer)


Patience is the support of weakness; impatience the ruin of strength


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


A lack of patience in trifling matters might lead to the disruption of great project.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


The greatest power is often simple patience.


Joseph E. Cossman (1918-2002, American businessman, author, lecturer)


Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will be powerless to vex your mind.


Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519, Italian inventor, architect, painter, scientist, sculptor)


You can't have genius without patience.


Margaret Deland


Beware the fury of a patient man.


John Dryden (1631-1700, British poet, dramatist, critic)


Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.


Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931, American inventor, founder of GE)


Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Patience and fortitude conquer all things.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Nothing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.


Epictetus (50-138, Phrygian philosopher)


The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man are those of bearing and forbearing.


Epictetus (50-138, Phrygian philosopher)


A mule will labor ten years willingly and patiently for you, for the privilege of kicking you once.


William Faulkner (1897-1962, American novelist)


Many a man thinks he is patient when, in reality, he is indifferent.


B.C. Forbes


Time deals gently only with those who take it gently.


Anatole France (1844-1924, French writer)


Genius is nothing but a greater aptitude for patience.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Nothing is so full of victory as patience. He that can have patience can have what he will.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Patience means self-suffering.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it open.


Arnold H. Glasgow


The little that is completed, vanishes from the sight of one who looks forward to what is still to do.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Patience is the virtue of an ass, who treads beneath his burden and complains not.


George Granville


Patience, that blending of moral courage with physical timidity.


Thomas Hardy (1840-1928, British novelist, poet)


Work and wait, "work and wait" is what God says to us in creation.


Josiah Gilbert Holland (1819-1881, American author)


Patience has its limits, take it too far and it's cowardice.


George Holbrook Jackson (1874-1948, British essayist, literary historian,)


Who longest waits most surely wins.


Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885, American writer)


Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears.


Barbara Johnson


In all evils which admits a remedy, impatience should be avoided, because it wastes the time and attention in complaints which, if properly applied, might remove the cause.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Those who desire to become rich, desire it at once.


(Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal (c.55-c.130, Roman satirical poet)


All human errors are impatience, a premature breaking off of methodical procedure, an apparent fencing in of what is apparently at issue.


Franz Kafka (1883-1924, German novelist, short-story writer)


Heaven grant us patience with a man in love.


Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936, British author of Prose, Verse)


There is no road too long to the man who advances deliberately and without undue haste; there are no honors too distant to the man who prepares himself for them with patience.


Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French classical writer)


Patience and the passage of time do more than strength and fury.


Jean De La Fontaine (1621-1695, French poet)


I am convinced, the longer I live, that life and its blessings are not so unjustly distributed as when we are suffering greatly we are inclined to suppose.


Mary Todd Lincoln (1818-1882, American First Lady)


The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach-waiting for a gift from the sea.


Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001, American author)


All things come round to him who will but wait.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


Every man must patiently bide his time. He must wait -- not in listless idleness but in constant, steady, cheerful endeavors, always willing and fulfilling and accomplishing his task, that when the occasion comes he may be equal to the occasion.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


Acquire a firm will and the utmost patience.


Sri Anandamayi Ma (1896-1982, Bengali spiritual teacher)


To know how to wait. It is the great secret of success.


Joseph De Maistre (1753-1821, French diplomat, philosopher)


Who thinks it just to be judged by a single error?


Beryl Markham


I learned that true forgiveness includes total self-acceptance. And out of acceptance wounds are healed and happiness is possible again.


Catherine Marshall


Patience, the beggar's virtue, shall find no harbor here.


Philip Massinger (1583-1640, British dramatist)


Patience permits us to cling to our faith in the Lord when we are tossed about by suffering as if by surf. When the undertow grasps us we will realize that we are somehow being carried forward even as we tumble. We are actually being helped even as we cry for help.


Neal A. Maxwell


Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you, but not in one ahead.


Bill McGlashen


They also serve who only stand and wait.


John Milton (1608-1674, British poet)


Patience is the key to contentment.


Mohammed (c.570-c.632, Mecca spiritual leader)


For me it's not possible to forget, and I don't understand people who, when the love is ended, can bury the other person in hatred or oblivion. For me, a man I have loved becomes a kind of brother.


Jeanne Moreau (1928-, French actress and director)


Consider the hour-glass; there is nothing to be accomplished by rattling or shaking; you have to wait patiently until the sand, grain by grain, has run from one funnel into the other.


John Christian Morgenstern


You will conquer by patience.




The most potent and sacred command which can be laid upon any artist is the command: wait.


Iris Murdoch (1919-, British novelist, philosopher)


If I have made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention than to any other talent.


Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727, British scientist, mathematician)


Patience makes a woman beautiful in middle age.


Elliot Paul


Patience in the present, faith in the future, and joy in the doing


George Perera


Let me look upward into the branches of the flowering oak and know that it grew great and strong because it grew slowly and well.


Wilfred A. Peterson


In any contest between power and patience, bet on patience.


W. B. Prescott


The always-hurrying person eats goat, but the one who takes his time eats beef.


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


The always-hurrying person eats goat, but the one who takes his time eats beef.


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


Don't celebrate someone's departing unless you know who will succeed him.


Arabian Proverb (Sayings of Arabian origin)


Don't use up your arrows before you go to battle.


Burmese Proverb


If you curse your wife in the evening, you will sleep alone at night. A crisis is an opportunity riding the dangerous wind.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


Patience is a bitter plant, but its fruit is sweet.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


Patience is power; with time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


A handful of patience is worth a bushel of brains.


Dutch Proverb (Sayings of Dutch origin)


An ounce of patience is worth a pound of brains.


Dutch Proverb (Sayings of Dutch origin)


If the rope is weak, pull gently.


Dutch Proverb (Sayings of Dutch origin)


Paris wasn't made in a day.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


One minute of patience can result in ten years of peace.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


Patience is a plant that does not grow in everyone's garden.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


Patience is a plant that does not grow in everyone's garden.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


Secret of patience is to do something else in the meantime.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


Be patient. The path of self-discipline that leads to God-realization is not an easy path: obstacles and sufferings are on the path; the latter you must bear, and the former overcome -- all by His help. His help comes only through concentration. Repetition of God's name helps concentration.


Swami Ramdas


And he shall reign a goodly king And sway his hand o'er every clime With peace writ on his signet ring, Who bides his time.


James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916, American poet)


There are times when God asks nothing of his children except silence, patience and tears.


C. S. Robinson


It takes time to succeed because success is merely the natural reward of taking time to do anything well.


Joseph Ross


There is a slowness in affairs which ripens them, and a slowness which rots them.


Joseph Roux (1834-1905, French priest, writer)


People genuinely happy in their choices seem less often tempted to force them on other people than those who feel martyred and broken by their lives.


Jane Rule


The patience of the hunter is always greater than that of the prey.


Traditional Saying


Sometimes it helps to know that I just can't do it all. One step at a time is all that's possible -- even when those steps are taken on the run.


Anne W. Schaef


Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly will acquire the skill to do difficult things easily.


Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist, poet, historian)


No good work is ever done while the heart is hot and anxious and fretted.


Olive Schreiner


If we could have a little patience, we should escape much mortification; time takes away as much as it gives.


Marquise De SeVigne


God grant us patience!


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


How poor are they that have not patience? What wound did ever heal but by degrees?


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


That which in mean men we entitle patience is pale cold cowardice in noble breasts.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Though patience be a tired mare, yet she will plod.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Who can be patient in extremes?


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)

Source: Henry VI


My son, observe the postage stamp! Its usefulness depends upon its ability to stick to one thing until it gets there.


Henry Wheeler Shaw (1818-1885, American humorist)


I am patient with stupidity, but not with those who are proud of it.


Dame Edith Sitwell (1887-1964, British poet)


Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them -- every day begin the task anew.


St. Francis De Sales (1567-1622, Roman Catholic bishop, writer)


I am extraordinarily patient provided I get my own way in the end.


Margaret Thatcher (1925-, British Prime Minister (1979-90))


Patience is a remedy for every sorrow.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


A patient man is one who can put up with himself.


Author Unknown


Avoid being impatient. Remember time brings roses.


Author Unknown


If you are tempted to lose patience with your fellowman; stop and think how patient God has been with you.


Author Unknown


Like farmers we need to learn that we cannot sow and reap the same day.


Author Unknown


Of all the things that tax a man's patience, there's nothing to compare with a stuck zipper.


Author Unknown


Patience carries a lot of wait


Author Unknown


Patience is counting down without blasting off


Author Unknown


Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow -- that is patience.


Author Unknown


Patience when teased is often transformed into rage.


Author Unknown


Patience, money and time bring all things to past.


Author Unknown


Rome was not built in a day.


Author Unknown


Perfection is attained by slow degrees; she requires the hand of time.


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)


All things come to him who waits -- provided he knows what he is waiting for.


Woodrow T. Wilson (1856-1924, American President (28th))


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