One of the most critical skills in life?
But most people can’t stand to wait more than 5 seconds.
Yet, if you master this skill, you’ll become one of the rare few that stay calm and get things done.
That’s why I’ve gathered 75 of the best patience quotes ever.
And the goal is simple: to inspire you and make you tougher (and calmer) today.
You’ll discover quotes by Buddha, Lao Tzu, Bruce Lee, and more.
I hope you’ll enjoy them!
Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you. Ovid
First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win. Mahatma Gandhi
Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it. Søren Kierkegaard
Just keep going when it’s tough. Just keep going when it’s long. Maxime Lagacé
Patience is not passive, on the contrary, it is concentrated strength. Bruce Lee
When you have self-knowledge, you’re naturally calm and poised. You overcome obstacles with ease. They are part of your plan. Maxime Lagacé
We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world. Helen Keller
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. Lao Tzu
Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. Jean-Jacques Rousseau
All human wisdom is summed up in two words – wait and hope. Alexandre Dumas
Don’t cross the bridge until you come to it. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Make your ego porous. Will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything. Rainer Maria Rilke
Slow and steady wins the race. Aesop
Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day. A.A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh)
With love and patience, nothing is impossible. Daisaku Ikeda
Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. May Sarton
Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit. Molière
Who is happy? The man with low expectations. Who is successful? The man with high expectations. Who is wise? The man with patience. Maxime Lagacé
One moment of patience may ward off great disaster. One moment of impatience may ruin a whole life. Chinese proverb
Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come. Robert H. Schuller
There is something good in all seeming failures. You are not to see that now. Time will reveal it. Be patient. Sivananda Saraswati
In any contest between power and patience, bet on patience. W.B. Prescott
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A man who is a master of patience is master of everything else. George Savile
Change is slow and gradual. It requires hard work, a bit of luck, a fair amount of self-sacrifice, and a lot of patience. Robert Greene
Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul. Francis Bacon
Have patience with all things but first of all with yourself. Francis de Sales
No great thing is created suddenly. Epictetus
Patience and the passage of time do more than strength and fury. Jean de La Fontaine
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. Ralph Waldo Emerson
You usually have to wait for that which is worth waiting for. Craig Bruce
The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. Leo Tolstoy
Genius is eternal patience. Michelangelo
Patience you must have, my young padawan. Yoda (Star Wars)
Patience is the companion of wisdom. Augustine of Hippo
Have patience, God isn’t finished yet. Philippians 1:6
He that can have patience can have what he will. Benjamin Franklin
Our patience will achieve more than our force. Edmund Burke
I am a slow walker, but I never walk back. Abraham Lincoln
I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end. Margaret Thatcher
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. Confucius
Once you learn patience, your options suddenly expand. Robert Greene
I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Lao Tzu
Haste has no blessing. Swahili saying
One minute of patience, ten years of peace. Greek proverb
Maybe that’s why life is so precious. No rewind or fast forward… just patience and faith. Cristina Marrero
Patience is a key element of success. Bill Gates (Microsoft)
All commend patience, but none can endure to suffer. Thomas Fuller
Be impatient with actions but patient with results. Naval Ravikant
Intuition is a suspension of logic due to impatience. Rita Mae Brown
The greatest power is often simple patience. E. Joseph Cossman
All great achievements require time. Maya Angelou
Genius is patience. Isaac Newton
It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. Albert Einstein
Patience in all things is your crucial shield. Robert Greene
Endurance is patience concentrated. Thomas Carlyle
Time discovers truth. Seneca
Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy. Saadi
Take up an idea, devote yourself to it, struggle on in patience, and the sun will rise for you. Swami Vivekananda
Patience is more important to success than brilliance. Shane Parrish (Source)
What can you control? Your efforts and where you apply your efforts. What can’t you control? Results. Let them go. Believe. Maxime Lagacé
At the gate of patience there is no crowding. Moroccan saying
All men are made one for another: either then teach them better or bear with them. Marcus Aurelius
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
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
Be a lamp for yourselves. Be your own refuge. Seek for no other. All things must pass. Strive on diligently. Don’t give up. Buddha
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 then be powerless to vex your mind.. Leonardo da Vinci
It will be your toughest battle. It will be the only one worth it. Maxime Lagacé
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Hard work combined with patience is a superpower. Maxime Lagacé
Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it’s not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere. Barack Obama
Grain by grain a loaf, stone by stone, a castle. Yugoslavian saying
Because you are alive, everything is possible. Thich Nhat Hanh
My son, observe the postage stamp! Its usefulness depends upon its ability to stick to one thing until it gets there. Josh Billings
Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city. Proverbs 16:32
The continuous drip polishes the stone. Peruvian saying
- Patience is the art of persevering, despite the absence of immediate results.
- Make patience your ally. Why? Because “life is suffering”, as Buddha said. You’ll be better equipped to handle difficulties.
- Good things take time. Care for them, gently, and steadily. Patience is the way.
- Inner peace requires patience. Patience requires self-mastery.
- How to become more patient? Train your mind. Do hard things daily. Learn to meditate.
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Are you patient? What’s your favorite patience quote? And remember: words can transform your life, if you find the right ones.
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