A Year of Creating Dangerously, Day 266: Saturday Life Quotes – Patience


“Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.” – Hal Borland

In yesterday’s post, I pondered the quality of patience. Continuing in that thought, I decided to post various quotes on patience today.

Considering the furious pace and millisecond attention spans of our day, patience would seem to be in short supply. But I suspect that I am not alone in the pursuit of it. Though, I must confess, some days it feels like I’m on a snipe hunt. Does patience really exist? Or is it hanging out with the jackalopes and Sasquatch?

Sometimes I feel like the possibility of finding any patience in me is a lost cause. Certainly, it helps to pause… reflect… and take in some words from other people on the subject. That, in itself, is proof that at least a smidge of patience still survives in me. I’m hoping to do better. Guess I’ll just have to wait and see…

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” – A.A. Milne

“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” – Aristotle

“The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.” – Leo Tolstoy

“It is very strange that the years teach us patience – that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting.” – Elizabeth Taylor (English novelist)

“I heard a preacher say recently that hope is a revolutionary patience; let me add that so is being a writer. Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.”  – Anne Lamott

“Trying to understand is like straining through muddy water. Have the patience to wait! Be still and allow the mud to settle.” – Lao Tzu

“Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in mind.” – David G. Allen

“Be worthy love, and love will come.” – Louisa May Alcott

“Our patience will achieve more than our force.” – Edmund Burke

“Patience is not a virtue. It is an achievement.” – Vera Nazarian

“An alternative to love is not hate but patience.” – Santosh Kalwar

“Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.” – Helen Keller

“What good has impatience ever brought? It has only served as the mother of mistakes and the father of irritation.” – Steve Maraboli

“Make your ego porous. Will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

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