75 Patience Quotes To Make You More Tenacious (And Calm)

By Maxime Lagacé

Maxime is the founder of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

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One of the most critical skills in life?

Being patient.

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!

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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


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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)

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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

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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


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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

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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

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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

What can you control? Your efforts and where you apply your efforts. What can’t you control? Results. Let them go. Believe. Maxime Lagacé


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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

Related: How to Develop Patience: 6 Tips to Help You Become More Patient in Life (buddingoptimist.com)

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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

Key Takeaways

  • 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.

Further Readings

Hope you enjoyed these inspiring patience quotes. If you did, please share them with a friend today!

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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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, bananas, SEO, human potential, and education.

You can find him on X, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube.

Last update

May 15, 2023

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