C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


God is with the patient.


Patience is the key of content.


Patience is sorrow’s salve.


Patience, and shuffle the cards!


Great is the advantage of patience.


The truest fortitude.


Everything comes if a man will only wait.


I work with patience, which is almost power.

Mrs. Browning.

What I have done is due to patient thought.

Sir Isaac Newton.

Patience and fortitude conquer all things.


Patience, sovereign o’er transmuted ills.

Dr. Johnson.

To endure is greater than to dare.


If knowledge is power, patience is powerful.

Robert Hall.

To bear is to conquer our fate.


Patient endurance is Godlike.


Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius.

Benj. Disraeli.

There are times when patience proves at fault.

Robert Browning.

Patience and gentleness are power.

Leigh Hunt.

Patience is nobler motion than any deed.


To revenge is no valor, but to bear.


In your patience ye are strong.

Miss Barrett.

Patience is the art of hoping.


Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.

J. J. Rousseau.

They also serve who only stand and wait.


Patience—in patience there is safety.


Set not thyself to attain much rest, but much patience.

Thomas à Kempis.

At the least bear patiently, if thou canst not joyfully.

Thomas à Kempis.

Patience—with patience everything comes in due season.


He that can have patience can have what he will.

Benjamin Franklin.

Beware the fury of a patient man.


It is easy finding reasons why other folks should be patient.

George Eliot.

Never think that God’s delays are God’s denials. Hold on! hold fast! hold out! Patience is genius.

Count de Buffon.

It is not necessary for all men to be great in action. The greatest and sublimest power is often simple patience.

Horace Bushnell.

He that will have a cake of the wheat must needs tarry the grinding.


A true Christian man is distinguished from other men, not so much by his beneficent works as by his patience.

Horace Bushnell.

Patience is the support of weakness; impatience is the ruin of strength.


There is, however, a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue.


We usually learn to wait only when we have no longer anything to wait for.

Marie Ebner-Eschenbach.

Patience is the ballast of the soul that will keep it from rolling and tumbling in the greatest storms.

Bishop Hopkins.

  • How poor are they who have not patience!
  • What wound did ever heal, but by degrees?
  • Shakespeare.

    He who says patience, says courage, endurance, strength.

    Marie Ebner-Eschenbach.

    Patience, the second bravery of man, is perhaps greater than the first.

    Antonio de Solis.

    Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.


    Upon the heat and flame of thy distemper sprinkle cool patience.


    Patience is the strongest of strong drinks, for it kills the giant despair.

    Douglas Jerrold.

    Even the best must own patience and resignation are the pillars of human peace on earth.


    Patience ornaments the woman and proves the man.


    Patience and time do more than strength or passion.

    La Fontaine.

  • Still achieving, still pursuing,
  • Learn to labor and to wait.
  • Longfellow.

    Fortify courage with the true rampart of patience.

    Sir P. Sidney.

    Accustom yourself to that which you bear ill, and you will bear it well.


  • Come what, come may:
  • Time and the hour runs through the roughest day.
  • Shakespeare.

    Arm the obdured breast with stubborn patience as with triple steel.


    To know how to wait is the great secret of success.

    De Maistre.

    Every misfortune is to be subdued by patience.


    Patience is the panacea; but where does it grow, or who can swallow it?


    There is no great achievement that is not the result of patient working and waiting.

    J. G. Holland.

    Endurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty.


    There is no well-doing, no Godlike doing, that is not patient doing.

    J. G. Holland.

    No school is more necessary to children than patience, because either the will must be broken in childhood or the heart in old age.


    It is in length of patience, endurance and forbearance that so much of what is good in mankind and womankind is shown.

    Arthur Helps.

    By their patience and perseverance God’s children are truly known from hypocrites and dissemblers.


  • And I must bear
  • What is ordained with patience, being aware
  • Necessity doth front the universe
  • With an invincible gesture.
  • Mrs. Browning.

    Therefore, let us be patient, patient; and let God our Father teach His own lesson, His own way. Let us try to learn it well and quickly; but do not let us fancy that He will ring the school-bell, and send us to play before our lesson is learnt.

    Charles Kingsley.

    If we could have a little patience, we should escape much mortification; time takes away as much as it gives.

    Madame de Sévigné.

    If the wicked flourish and thou suffer, be not discouraged. They are fatted for destruction; thou are dieted for health.


  • Had it pleas’d heaven
  • To try me with affliction***
  • I should have found in some place of my soul
  • A drop of patience.
  • Shakespeare.

    The fortitude of a Christian consists in patience; not in enterprise, which the poets call heroic, and which is commonly the effects of interest, pride, and worldly honor.


    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 proper figures.


    There is no road too long to the man who advances deliberately and without undue haste; there are no honors too distant to the man who prepares himself for them with patience.

    La Bruyère.

    It is all men’s office to speak patience to those that wring under the load of sorrow; but no man’s virtue, nor sufficiency, to be so moral, when he shall endure the like himself.


  • Patience, my lord! why ’t is the soul of peace:
  • Of all the virtues ’t is the nearest kin to heaven;
  • It makes men look like gods: the best of men
  • That e’er wore earth about him, was a sufferer,
  • A soft, meek, patient, humble, tranquil spirit,
  • The first true gentleman that ever breath’d.
  • Decker.

    All that I have accomplished, or expect or hope to accomplish, has been and will be by that plodding, patient, persevering process of accretion which builds the ant-heap, particle by particle, thought by thought, fact by fact.

    Elihu Burritt.

    We have only to be patient, to pray, and to do His will, according to our present light and strength, and the growth of the soul will go on. The plant grows in the mist and under clouds as truly as under sunshine; so does the heavenly principle within.


    Patience is the ballast of the soul, that will keep it from rolling and tumbling in the greatest storms; and he that will venture out without this to make him sail even and steady will certainly make shipwreck and drown himself, first in the cares and sorrows of this world, and then in perdition.

    Bishop Hopkins.

    There is no such thing as preaching patience into people unless the sermon is so long that they have to practice it while they hear. No man can learn patience except by going out into the hurly-burly world, and taking life just as it blows. Patience is but lying to and riding out the gale.


  • She never told her love,
  • But let concealment, like a worm i’ the bud,
  • Feed on her damask cheek; she pin’d in thought,
  • And with a green and yellow melancholy
  • She sat like patience on a monument,
  • Smiling at grief.
  • Shakespeare.

  • Let nothing disturb thee,
  • Nothing affright thee;
  • All things are passing;
  • God never changeth;
  • Patient endurance
  • Attaineth to all things;
  • Who God possesseth
  • In nothing is wanting;
  • Alone God sufficeth.
  • Longfellow.

    Not without design does God write the music of our lives. Be it ours to learn the time, and not be discouraged at the rests. If we say sadly to ourselves, “There is no music in a rest,” let us not forget “there is the making of music in it.” The making of music is often a slow and painful process in this life. How patiently God works to teach us! How long He waits for us to learn the lesson!

    John Ruskin.

  • Patience; accomplish thy labor; accomplish thy work of affection!
  • Sorrow and silence are strong, and patient endurance is godlike.
  • Therefore accomplish thy labor of love, till the heart is made godlike,
  • Purified, strengthened, perfected, and rendered more worthy of heaven.
  • Longfellow.

    Patience is the guardian of faith, the preserver of peace, the cherisher of love, the teacher of humility; patience, governs the flesh, strengthens the spirit, sweetens the temper, stifles anger, extinguishes envy, subdues pride; she bridles the tongue, refrains the hand, tramples upon temptation, endures persecutions, consummates martyrdom; patience produces unity in the church, loyalty in the state, harmony in families and societies; she comforts the poor and moderates the rich; she makes us humble in prosperity, cheerful in adversity, unmoved by calumny and reproach; she teaches us to forgive those who have injured us, and to be the first in asking forgiveness of those whom we have injured; she delights the faithful, and invites the unbelieving; she adorns the woman, and approves the man; is loved in a child, praised in a young man, admired in an old man; she is beautiful in either sex and every age.

    Bishop Horne.