Patience

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Patience is the ability to endure waiting, delay, or provocation without becoming annoyed or upset, or to persevere calmly when faced with difficulties.

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  • Patience is not only a virtue, but an acquired trait.
  • Patience, that blending of moral courage with physical timidity.
  • Let him that hath no power of patience retire within himself, though even there he will have to put up with himself.
  • Patience makes lighter / What sorrow may not heal.
  • Patience is the guardian of faith, the preserver of peace, the cherisher of love, the teacher of humility; Patience governs the flesh, strengthens the spirit, sweetens the temper, stifles anger, extinguishes envy, subdues pride; she bridles the tongue, refrains the hand, tramples upon temptations, endures persecutions, consummates martyrdom; Patience produces unity in the church, loyalty in the State, harmony in families and societies; she comforts the poor and moderates the rich; she makes us humble in prosperity, cheerful in adversity, unmoved by calumny and reproach; she teaches us to forgive those who have injured us, and to be the first in asking forgiveness of those whom we have injured; she delights the faithful, and invites the unbelieving; she adorns the woman, and approves the man; is loved in a child, praised in a young man, admired in an old man; she is beautiful in either sex and every age.
    • Bishop Horne, Discourses on Several Subjects and Occasions Patience Portrayed
  • We have only to be patient, to pray, and to do His will, according to our present light and strength, and the growth of the soul will go on. The plant grows in the mist and under clouds as truly as under sunshine; so does the heavenly principle within.
  • Patience is a nobler motion than any deed.
  • Patience is the ballast of the soul, that will keep it from rolling and tumbling in the greatest storms: and he, that will venture out without this to make him sail even and steady will certainly make shipwreck, and drown himself; first, in the cares and sorrows of this world; and, then, in perdition.
  • Il n'y a point de chemin trop long à qui marche lentement et sans se presser: il n'y a point d'avantages trop éloignés à qui s'y prépare par la patience.
    • Translation: There is no road too long to the man who advances deliberately and without undue haste; there are no honours too distant to the man who prepares himself for them with patience.
    • La Bruyère, Les Caractères (1688) Des jugements, aphorism 108
  • If the wicked flourish and thou suffer, be not discouraged. They are fatted for destruction; thou art dieted for health.
  • There is, however, a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue.
    • Edmund Burke, Observations on a Late Publication, Intituled, "The Present State of the Nation"
  • Blessings may appear under the shape of pains, losses, and disappointments; but let him have patience, and he will see them in their proper figures.
  • He that can have patience can have what he will.
  • Patience, my lord. Why, 'tis the soul of peace.
    Of all the virtues 'tis near'st kin to heaven.
    It makes men look like gods; the best of men
    That e'er wore earth about him was a sufferer,
    A soft, meek, patient, humble, tranquil spirit,
    The first true gentleman that ever breath'd.
  • Though patience be a tired mare, yet she will plod.
  • We shall sooner have the fowl by hatching the egg than by smashing it.
  • Patience and diligence, like faith, remove mountains.
    • William Penn Some Fruits of Solitude In Reflections And Maxims (1682) no. 234
  • Patience, n. A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue.
  • Beware the fury of a patient man.
  • Our patience will achieve more than our force.

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  • All command patience, but none can endure to suffer.
  • At the bottom of patience there is heaven.
  • If we could have a little patience, we should escape much mortification; time takes away as much as it gives.
  • Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.
  • Never think that God's delays are God's denials. Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius.
  • Nine women can't have a baby in one month.
  • No school is more necessary to children than patience, because either the will must be broken in childhood or the heart in old age.
  • Patience is a bitter plant but it has sweet fruit.
    • German proverb
  • Patience is the best of qualities; he who possesses it possesses all things.
  • Patience is the support of weakness; impatience is the ruin of strength.
  • Patience is the virtue of asses.
    • French proverb
  • Patience with others is Love, Patience with self is Hope, Patience with God is Faith.
  • You can't set a hen in one morning and have chicken salad for lunch.
  • Patience is the universal equalizer in life between now and eternity.
    • Jesse Gause

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