We all need to hear some inspiring quotes about patience every now and then, right?!
I’m not a patient person. Never have been (so these Patience Quotes are pretty relevant to me right now!) I am a control freak with a Type A (competitive, workaholic) personality and being able to ‘go with the flow’ has always been something that has eluded me.
But since I quit being a lawyer, I have been making an effort to get better. To be better. And not just with the patience thing, just better in general, better. More aware of the planet, stopping single-use plastic, cutting out fast fashion, and trying to take as few flights as possible (which is a huge challenge running a travel site, if I’m honest!), trying to reduce waste etc.
And with the current situation we find ourselves in – confined to our homes and with the closure of international – and even domestic – borders around the world, allowing the world to take a much needed deep breath and take the time to heal, patience has become something I have become more and more aware of.
I also find researching and reading quotes and creating graphics quite cathartic (and seeing the success of the other quote posts on this site, think you lot do too!) So I will be using that as my excuse for putting this post full of patience quotes together! It’s got motivational patience quotes, funny patience quotes, quotes about patience and love, and even quotes to help you have more patience. They are patience quotes to help you through challenging times, no matter what situation you are in.
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80+ Patience Quotes to Help When Times Are Challenging
Inspirational Patience Quotes
“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” – Aristotle (but often incorrectly attributed to Jean-Jacques Rousseau)
“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.” – Margaret Atwood
“Two things define you: your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.” – George Bernard Shaw
“My dad said to me – Work hard and be patient. It was the best advice he ever gave me. You have to put the hours in.” – Simon Cowell
“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” – Leo Tolstoy (If this one doesn’t bring inner peace, I’m not sure what will!)
“Patience is the key to contentment.” – The Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him)
“Patience is the best remedy for every trouble.” – Plautus
“Genius is only a greater aptitude for patience.” – George Louis de Buffon
“With love and patience, nothing is impossible.” – Daisaku Ikeda
“Patience is the best medicine” – John Florio
“Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” – Napoleon Hill
“The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.” – Moliere
‘Patience and wisdom walk hand in hand, like two one-armed lovers.’ – Jarod Kintz
“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“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
“It is very strange that the years teach us patience – that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting.” – Elizabeth Taylor
“We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.” – Helen Keller
“Sometimes things aren’t clear right away. That’s where you need to be patient and persevere and see where things lead.” – Mary Pierce
“Persistence. Perfection. Patience. Power. Prioritize your passion. It keeps you sane.” – Criss Jami
“All men commend patience, although few are willing to practice it.” – Thomas a Kempis
“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.” – Lao Tzu
“To lose patience is to lose the battle.” – Mahatma Gandhi
How To Have Patience Quotes
“Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.” – Anonymous
“Trust the process. Your time is coming. Just do the work and the results will handle themselves.” – Tony Gaskins
“Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown.” – Soren Kierkegaard
“Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold.” – Leonardo da Vinci
“Idleness is sweet, and it’s consequences are cruel” – John Quincy Adams
“If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.” – A.A. Milne: Winnie the Pooh
“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
“Patience is when you’re supposed to get mad, but you choose to understand.” – Anonymous
“I will not be distracted by noise, chatter, or setbacks. Patience, commitment, grace, and purpose will guide me.” – Louise Hay
“Be patient and understanding. Life is too short to be vengeful or malicious.” – Phillips Brooks
“The keys to patience are acceptance and faith. Accept things as they are, and look realistically at the world around you. Have faith in yourself and in the direction you have chosen.” – Ralph Marston
“If deception is the most potent weapon in your arsenal, then patience in all things is your crucial shield. Patience will protect you from making moronic blunders. Like mastering your emotions, patience is a skill – it does not come naturally.” – Robert Greene
“Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow – that is patience.” – Unknown
“When it comes to patience, we don’t have to change old habits; we can build better ones.” – Sue Bender
“Be strong enough to let go and wise enough to wait for what you deserve.” – Anonymous
The Best Patience Quotes
“Our patience will achieve more than our force.” – Edmund Burke
“With love and patience, nothing is impossible.” – Daisaku Ikeda
“Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.” – Joyce Meyer
“Patience is not passive. It is concentrated strength” – Bruce Lee
“Patience and fortitude conquer all things.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Patience is a key element of success.” – Bill Gates
“Only those who have patience to do simple things perfectly ever acquire the skill to do difficult things easily.” – James J. Corbett
“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” – A. Milne
“The more you know yourself, the more patience you have for what you see in others.” – Erik Erikson
“Tolerance and patience should not be read as signs of weakness, they are signs of strength.” – Anonymous
“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
“Patience is the support of weakness impatience the ruin of strength.” – Charles Caleb Colton
Sayings About Patience
“Stay patient and trust the journey.” – Anonymous (I try and make this my quote of the day. Everyday!)
“Be patient. Everything is coming together.” – Anonymous
“One minute of patience, ten years of peace.” – Greek proverb
“You’re enough to try the patience of an oyster!” – Lewis Carrol
“Patience is a conquering virtue.” – Geoffrey Chaucer
“Be patient, good things take time.” – Anonymous
“Patience is the key to paradise.” – Turkish Proverb (a bit of a wisdom quote too, don’t you think?!)
“Be patient. Patience is the mother of all virtues.” – Hrithik Roshan
“Patience is the companion of wisdom.” – Anonymous
“Patience attracts happiness; it brings near that which is far.” – Swahili Proverb
“One moment of patience may ward off great disaster. One moment of impatience may ruin a whole life.” – Chinese Proverb
“All good things come to he who waits.” – Proverb
Quotes to Help you have Patience
“Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.” – Saadi
“Patience is the art of hoping.” – Luc de Clapiers
“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” – John Quincy Adams
“Learning patience can be a difficult experience, but once conquered you will find life is easier.” – Catherine Pulsifer
“I’ve learned that anything in life worth having comes from patience and hard work.” – Greg Behrendt
“Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in your mind.” – David G. Allen
“The secret of patience is to do something else in the meantime.” – Croft M. Pentz
“When you encounter various trials, big or small, be full of joy. They’re opportunities to learn patience.” – Scott Curran
“Patience can’t be acquired overnight. It is just like building up a muscle. Every day you need to work on it.” – Eknath Easwaran
“The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.” – Arnold H. Glasow
“I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature.” – Paulo Coelho
“Have patience with all things, But, first of all with yourself.” – Saint Francis de Sales
Funny Quotes About Patience
“I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.” – Margaret Thatcher
“You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.” – Franklin P. Jones (I’m sure there are a few parents out there who can attest to what patience means!)
“Patience is a virtue, and I’m learning patience. It’s a tough lesson.” – Elon Musk
“Though patience be a tired mare, yet she will plod.” – William Shakespeare
Quotes about Faith & Patience
“God has perfect timing; never early, never late. It takes a little patience and it takes a lot of faith but it’s worth the wait.” – Unknown
“Faith is not simply a patience that passively suffers until the storm is past. Rather, it is a spirit that bears things – with resignations, yes, but above all, with blazing, serene hope.” – Corazon Aquino
“Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul.” – Francis Bacon
“Patience and diligence, like faith, remove mountains.” – William Penn
“Patience is the companion of wisdom.” – St. Augustine
“The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.” – Paulo Coelho
“Think of the patience God has had for you and let it resonate to others. If you want a more patient world, let patience be your motto.” – Steve Maraboli
Short & Powerful Patience Quotes
“A man who masters patience masters everything else.” – Anonymous
“Patience is also a form of action.” – Anonymous
“The greatest power is often simple patience” – E Joseph Cossman
“Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it’s cowardice.” – George Jackson
“He that can have patience can have what he will.” – Benjamin Franklin
“Patience is the road to wisdom.” – Kao Kalia Yang
“All great achievements require time.” – Maya Angelou
“Beware the fury of a patient man.” – John Dryden
“I think patience is a skill, and I don’t have it” – David Duchovny
“Patience and time do more than strength or passion.” – Jean de La Fontaine
I hope these words of wisdom and quotes and sayings about patience have helped calm your mind – if only for today. And if they haven’t, I hope they have given you the inspiration to have the patience to wait, for whatever it is that you are impatient about.
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Vicki is the Lawyer turned Content Creator, Editor-in-Chief and all round Boss Lady at MakeTimeToSeeTheWorld.
She has lived and worked in 7 different countries and started the site to show everyone that it is possible to travel whilst holding down a full time job (because not everyone can – or wants to – quit and walk away from it all).
Her style of travel has always been to get the best out of a destination as a time poor traveler making the most of limited vacation days and all without breaking the bank; BUT she does know where to save and where to splurge to have the most incredible travel experiences – such as luxury hotels and over-water bungalows, safaris, spas and more(!) – where the situation calls for it.