who is master of patience
is master of everything else.
aster has not wasted spring and summer because it has not
has been all the time preparing for what is to follow, and in
autumn it is
the glory of the field, and only the frost lays it low. So
there are many
people who must live forty or fifty years, and have the crude sap
natural dispositions changed and sweetened before the blossoming
come; but their lives have not been wasted.
Patience and time do more than strength or passion.
-Jean de la Fontaine
is no road too long to the person who advances deliberately and
without undue haste; there are no honors too distant to the person
who prepares him or herself for them with patience.
-Jean de la
the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when
become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds
fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates
and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success.
does not astonish or make us angry that it takes a whole year
to bring into the house three great white peonies and two pale
blue iris.It seems altogether right and appropriate that these
glories are earned with long patience and faith. . . . and also
it is altogether right and appropriate that they cannot last.
Yet in our human relations we are outraged when the supreme
moments, the moments of flowering, must be waited for. . . .
and then cannot last.We reach a summit, and then have to go down again.
do not force their way with great strife. Flowers
open to perfection slowly in the sun. Don't be in a
hurry about spiritual matters. Go step by step, and
be very sure. -White
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
to hurt you.So in
like manner you must grow in patience when you meet
with great wrongs, and they will be powerless to vex your mind.
-Leonardo da Vinci
those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly
will acquire the skill to do difficult things easily.
is the companion of wisdom.
is neither weariness nor dreary surrender. It is a
the capacity to wait for opportunity. . . .
There are many images that portray patience:
The lioness waiting
high grass for her prey to pass by, making no movement for
hours except for
gentle twitches of her tail. The old monk
for God; the ancient eyes
filled with wisdom, his mind and body
with tranquility. Another image
is the picture of the slow
the solid oak tree. Imperceptibly, little
by little, the
a tree. Slowly--that's how it becomes so strong. We live in a time when speed seems to be
essential. Fast trains,
fast walking, fast-food restaurants. Even our
growth is speeded
up with the use of the stop-frame camera.
There is nothing wrong with speed in itself, but a
question is forced
Does speed necessarily require us to be
unreflective? If so,
then we are rushing
into lives that are not reflected upon, not
examined. This is dangerous.
Perhaps we do have to make room for
our lives--a little room
to breathe. Patience.
poor are they that have not patience!
What wound did ever heal but by degrees?
on the farm is a school of patience;
you can't hurry the crops or make an ox in two days.
There is no road too long to the person who
without undue haste; no honors too distant to the person who
prepares him or herself for them with patience.
-Jean La Bruyere
moment of patience may ward
off great disaster. One moment of
impatience may ruin a whole life.
That is the
trouble with many inventors; they lack patience. They lack
the willingness to work a thing out slowly and clearly and sharply
in their mind, so that they can actually "feel it
work." They want to try their first idea right off; and
the result is they use up lots of money and lots of good material,
only to find eventually that they are working in the wrong
direction. We all make mistakes, and it is better to make them
before we begin. -Nikola Tesla
Do you have the
patience to wait until your mud settles, and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving until the right action arises by
Patience and tolerance are
handmaidens. They walk down the path of life, hand-in-hand.
They are not separate entities, so to speak. They are one.
Patience can't be
acquired overnight. It is just like building up a muscle.
Every day you need to work on it. -Eknath
You may have great
plans and may be impatient to carry them out now. Possibly
you can. We usually can do far more than we have believed.
But possibly the best time has not arrived and the best place
selected. Then be patient while you persevere. Great
things require time, and the important projects must pass through
many stages. However, if you are determined to accomplish
what you have in mind, and do your utmost as well as give yourself
the required time, you will certainly do it. All things come
to those who wait patiently while they work
There are before you
countless opportunities that can be built into a big success, but
it is a mistake to expect to see your corn come up the day after
you plant it. -Fred van Amburgh
On the whole, it is
patience which makes the final difference between those who
succeed or fail in all things. All the greatest people have it in
an infinite degree, and among the less, the patient weak ones
always conquer the impatient strong. -John
If you would know strength and patience, welcome
the company of trees. -Hal Borland
greatest power is often simple patience.
most extraordinary thing about
the oyster is this.
into its shell. It does not like them.
But when it cannot get rid of them,
it uses the irritation
to do the
loveliest thing an oyster ever has
a chance to do.
If there are
irritations in our lives today,
there is only one
make a pearl. It may have to be
a pearl of patience, but, anyhow,
make a pearl.
And it takes faith and love to do it.
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