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Patience 2

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

George Savile


The aster has not wasted spring and summer because it has not blossomed.  It 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 of their natural dispositions changed and sweetened before the blossoming time can come; but their lives have not been wasted.       -Henry Ward Beecher

Patience and time do more than strength or passion.       -Jean de la Fontaine
There 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 Bruyere
Learn the art of patience.  Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal.  Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure.  Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success.       -Brian Adams
It 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 that 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.        -May Sarton

Flowers 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 Eagle
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 be powerless to vex your mind.        -Leonardo da Vinci
Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius.       -Benjamin Disraeli
Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly will acquire the skill to do difficult things easily.
-Johann von Schiller
Patience is the companion of wisdom.        -Saint Augustine
Patience is neither weariness nor dreary surrender.  It is a positive virtue, the capacity to wait for opportunity. . . .
   There are many images that portray patience:  The lioness waiting in the high grass for her prey to pass by, making no movement for hours except for gentle twitches of her tail.  The old monk waiting for God; the ancient eyes filled with wisdom, his mind and body filled with tranquility.  Another image is the picture of the slow growth of the solid oak tree.  Imperceptibly, little by little, the acorn becomes a tree.  Slowly--that's how it becomes so strong.  We live in a time when speed seems to be essential.  Fast trains, fast cars, fast walking, fast-food restaurants.  Even our perception of 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 upon us.  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 patience in our lives--a little room to breathe.  Patience.  Patience.     -Edward J. Lavin

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

William Shakespeare
Life on the farm is a school of patience; you can't hurry the crops or make an ox in two days.       -Henri Fournier Alain
There is no road too long to the person who advances deliberately without undue haste; no honors too distant to the person who prepares him or herself for them with patience.       -Jean La Bruyere


One moment of patience may ward off great disaster. One moment of impatience may ruin a whole life.       -Chinese Proverb
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 itself?     -Lao-tzu
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.     -Frater Achad
Patience can't be acquired overnight.  It is just like building up a muscle.  Every day you need to work on it.     -Eknath Easwaran
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 efficiently.
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 Ruskin

If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees.       -Hal Borland
The greatest power is often simple patience.       -Eli Joseph Cossman
The most extraordinary thing about the oyster is this.  Irritations get 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 prescription:  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.        -Harry Emerson Fosdick

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