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

By Maxime Lagacé

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

Here are 100 of the most inspiring patience quotes. 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. Enjoy!

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Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you. Ovid

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First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win. Mahatma Gandhi

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Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. Lao Tzu

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Patience and fortitude conquer all things. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it. Søren Kierkegaard


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With love and patience, nothing is impossible. Daisaku Ikeda

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Just keep going when it’s tough. Just keep going when it’s long. Maxime Lagacé

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A man who is a master of patience is master of everything else. George Savile

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Patience is not passive, on the contrary, it is concentrated strength. Bruce Lee

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You usually have to wait for that which is worth waiting for. Craig Bruce


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When you have self-knowledge, you’re naturally calm and poised. You overcome obstacles with ease. They are part of your plan. Maxime Lagacé

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We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world. Helen Keller

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Our patience will achieve more than our force. Edmund Burke

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Come what may, all bad fortune is to be conquered by endurance. Virgil

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Maybe that’s why life is so precious. No rewind or fast forward… just patience and faith. Cristina Marrero


The Best Patience Quotes

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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

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. Albert Einstein

It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience. Julius Caesar

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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)

Patience is the key to paradise. Turkish proverb

A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation. Molière


Patience is the key to contentment. The Prophet Muhammad

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

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At the gate of patience there is no crowding. Moroccan saying

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

Teach us, O Lord, the disciplines of patience, for to wait is often harder than to work. Peter Marshall

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In any contest between power and patience, bet on patience. W.B. Prescott

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

Part 2. Patience Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Patience Quotes

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Searching for a famous patience quote? Check out those by Edison, Shakespeare, Keller, etc.
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No great thing is created suddenly. Epictetus

Don’t put the cart before the horse. John Heywood

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

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. Michelangelo

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

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. Leonardo da Vinci

The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. Leo Tolstoy

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Genius is eternal patience. Michelangelo

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits. Thomas Edison

All we need is just a little patience. Gun’s And Roses

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Never put passion before principle, even if you win, you’ll lose. Mr. Miyagi (Karate Kid)

Patience you must have, my young padawan. Yoda (Star Wars)

The very important thing you should have is patience. Jack Ma (Alibaba)

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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

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

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Once you learn patience, your options suddenly expand. Robert Greene

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

I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Lao Tzu

Everything comes if a man will only wait. Benjamin Disraeli

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. Confucius

Short Patience Quotes

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One-liners, short patience quotes, sayings, thoughts, and captions for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, and backgrounds.
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Haste has no blessing. Swahili saying

One minute of patience, ten years of peace. Greek proverb

Slow is every foot on an unknown path. Irish proverb

Hard work combined with patience is a superpower. Maxime Lagacé

Nothing else is necessary but these – love, sincerity, and patience. Swami Vivekananda

Patience is a key element of success. Bill Gates (Microsoft)

Be impatient with actions but patient with results. Naval Ravikant

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All commend patience, but none can endure to suffer. Thomas Fuller

Intuition is a suspension of logic due to impatience. Rita Mae Brown

Patience is the best medicine. John Florio

The greatest power is often simple patience. E. Joseph Cossman

All great achievements require time. Maya Angelou

Patience is a fruit of the spirit that grows only under trial. Joyce Meyer

Genius is patience. Isaac Newton

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You can’t rush something you want to last forever. Unknown

A man who masters patience masters everything else. Unknown

Patience in all things is your crucial shield. Robert Greene

Endurance is patience concentrated. Thomas Carlyle

While we wait for life, life passes. Seneca

Time discovers truth. Seneca


Inspirational Patience Quotes

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Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy. Saadi

Misfortune is the test of a person’s merit. Seneca

Genius is nothing but a great aptitude for patience. George-Louis de Buffon

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

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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

Sometimes things aren’t clear right away. That’s where you need to be patient and persevere and see where things lead. Mary Pierce

Your mastery depends on focus, patience and practice. Not on luck. Robin Sharma

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It will be your toughest battle. It will be the only one worth it. Maxime Lagacé

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. Leonardo da Vinci

Be patient. Just like a puzzle, it takes time for all the pieces of your life to come together. Aaron Will (Source)

For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice – no paper currency, no promises to pay, but the gold of real service. John Burroughs

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

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Grain by grain a loaf, stone by stone, a castle. Yugoslavian saying

Because you are alive, everything is possible. Thich Nhat Hanh

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

Don’t chase, don’t beg, don’t stress, don’t be desperate, just relax. When you relax, it will come to you. Make your wants, want you. Unknown

The secret engine fueling success is patience. It will actually get you to most goals much quicker and smoother than the alternative. Neil Strauss

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

The continuous drip polishes the stone. Peruvian saying


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Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city. Proverbs 16:32

Let’s recap:

  • Patience is the art of persevering, despite the absence of results.
  • Make patience your ally. Why? Because life is chaotic. Or like Buddha said, “life is suffering”.
  • Good things take time. Care for them, gently, and steadily. They will come to life.
  • Inner peace requires patience. Patience requires self-mastery.
  • How to become more patient? Learn to meditate.

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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.

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March 6, 2022

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