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Quotes for
the Journey:


One who is master of patience
is master of everything else.

Lord Halifax


Our real blessings often appear to us in the shapes of pains, losses, and disappointments; but let us have patience, and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.        -Joseph Addison


Patient people enjoy the pleasure of saying to whoever is feeling anxious about delays--restaurant servers, clerks waiting on the telephone to get your credit card verified, dry cleaners who were sure your sweater would be ready--"It's okay.  These things happen."  Patience, in a rushed world, is a shared relief.  Witnesses to patient transactions, as well as participants, all get to calm down.        -Sylvia Boorstein

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.  Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them--every day begin the tasks anew.       -Francis de Sales

If I have made any valuable discoveries, it is owing more to patient attention than to any other talent.       -Isaac Newton

Patience is power.  Patience is not an absence of action; rather, it is "timing"; it waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way.
-Fulton J. Sheen
Patience and tenacity of purpose are assets of infinitely greater value than cleverness.  There is great strength in patiently waiting.  The sun, having set, comes up.  The tide ebbs, but always flows in again.        -Fred van Amburgh

Nothing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig.  If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer that there must be time.  Let the tree first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.        -Epictetus
When the hard times of life come, we know that no matter how tragic the circumstances seem, no matter how long the spiritual drought, no matter how long and dark the days, the sun is sure to break through; the dawn will come.  The warmth of His assurance will hold us in an embrace once again, and we will know that our God has been there all along.  We will hear him say, through it all, “Hold on, my child, joy comes in the morning!”       -Gloria Gaither
They who can have patience can have what they will.        -Benjamin Franklin
The greater our hurry, the longer the way; the greater our patience, the sooner we reach the goal.        -German proverb
We use odd expressions to talk about patience that make it sound like a quantifiable, storable commodity like olive oil, gasoline, or money in the bank:  "I'm getting low on patience."  "My patience is coming to an end."  "I am about to run out of patience."  . . . . I don't think we have an internal reservoir in which we store up Patience for a time when we'll need it.  I think it's more like the energy-saving water heater I have at my house.  There is no holding tank of hot water.  The heater clicks on when I turn the hot water tap on, and the cold water flowing through it gets heated en route to the shower.  It keeps on heating water as long as I'm using it, and then it clicks off again.  I don't need hot water in the middle of the night while I'm sleeping, and I don't need Patience then, either.       -Sylvia Boorstein


There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks.  Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story.       -Linda Hogan
Practicing patience is an opportunity to let go and let God, and to transmute negative emotions into positive virtues.  With patience, you are relaxed and centered; you have energy and attention that you can readily draw on; and you can proceed with the assurance that things are in their rightful place, even though you may not necessarily like them.  Patience is absolutely essential if you wish to keep treading the spiritual path. . . . Patience will keep you centered, surrendered, detached, and content to just continue with the assurance that, "Yes, everything in its good time."       -Michael Goddart
Patience with others is Love, Patience with self is Hope, Patience with God is Faith.        -Adel Bestavros

I have just three things to teach:
Simplicity, patience, and compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and in thought,
You return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,,
You accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
You reconcile all beings in the world.

from the Tao Te Ching

Beware the fury of a patient person!       -John Dryden

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Infinite patience brings immediate results.       -Wayne Dyer
Patience is the foundation of discovering simplicity.  Patience is a gesture of profound kindness. . . . Patience teaches us to seek an inner refuge of simplicity, balance, and sensitivity even in the most turbulent moments.  It is about learning to be a good friend to ourselves. . . . Patience is one of life's great arts, a lesson we learn not just once, but over and over.        -Christina Feldman

Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.       -Ralph Waldo Emerson
The key to everything is patience.  You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.       -Arnold H. Glasgow
No great thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig.  If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time.  Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.       -Epictetus

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It is not necessary for all people to be great in action.  The greatest and sublimest power is often simple patience.
-Horace Bushnell
When you are patient, you take the time to immerse yourself in the joy of the moment which is denied to those who hurry.     -Donald Curtis
Patience is learning how to wait when you really don't want to.  It's discovering things you like to do while you're waiting, and becoming so happy with. . . what you're doing that you forget you're waiting.  Patience is taking time every day to dream your dreams and develop the confidence in yourself to change your dreams into reality.  Patience is being good to yourself and having the faith to hold on to your dreams, even as days go by when you can't see how they will come true.  Patience is loving others even when they disappoint you and you don't understand them.  It's knowing how to let go and accept others as they are and forgive them for things they have done.  Patience is loving yourself and giving yourself time to grow; it's doing things that keep you healthy and happy, and it's knowing that you deserve the best in life and are willing to work for it, no matter how long it takes.  Patience is being willing to face whatever challenges life gives you, realizing that life has also given you the strength and courage to endure and deal with each challenge.  Patience is the ability to continue to love and laugh no matter what your circumstances may be, because you recognize that in time those circumstances will change, and that love and laughter are what give life deeper meaning, and you the determination to continue to have patience.     -Donna Levine
A man watches his pear tree day after day, impatient for the ripening of the fruit.  Let him attempt to force the process, and he may spoil both fruit and tree.  But let him patiently wait, and the ripe fruit at length falls into his lap.     -Abraham Lincoln


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