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Quotations The Best Quotes About Patience  

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A list of the best patience quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous patience quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic patience quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational patience quotes from that same writer.

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

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Patience will achieve more than force. Edmund Burke

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Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly will acquire the skill to do difficult things easily. Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

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You will conquer by patience.

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Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience and we soon shall see them in their proper figures. Joseph Addison

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

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He that can have patience can have what he will. Benjamin Franklin

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

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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

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Patience when teased is often transformed into rage.

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Patience is the key to paradise.

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All things come round to him who will but wait. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

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

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Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

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Heaven grant us patience with a man in love. Rudyard Kipling

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Patience is counting down without blasting off

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Rome was not built in a day.

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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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Slow and steady wins the race. Aesop

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

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

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

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

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Patience is a remedy for every sorrow. Publilius Syrus

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Patience, money and time bring all things to past.

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"Learn what can, and cannot, be asked from destiny.” Janet Morris

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They also serve who only stand and wait. John Milton

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

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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

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Patience and the passage of time do more than strength and fury. Jean de La Fontaine

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Who can be patient in extremes? William Shakespeare

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Vengeance is disappointing, always. Janet Morris

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

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If you should put even a little on a little and should do this often, soon this would become big. Hesiod

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

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

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

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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 Bruyère

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Patience means self-suffering. Mahatma Gandhi

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Our patience will achieve more than our force. Edmund Burke

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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

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

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

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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

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

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Patience is the support of weakness; impatience the ruin of strength Charles Caleb Colton