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The schoolboy counts the time till the return of the holidays; the minor longs to be of age; the lover is impatient till he is married.
      - Joseph Addison

Whoever is out of patience is out of possession of his soul.
      - Francis Bacon

I have not so great a struggle with my vices, great and numerous as they are, as I have with my impatience.
      - John Calvin

Impatience dries the blood sooner than age or sorrow.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Impatience never commanded success.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Impatient people, according to Bacon, are like the bees, and kill themselves in stinging others.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

Nature is methodical and doeth her work well. Time is never to be hurried.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our impatience of miles, when we are in a hurry; but it is still best that a mile should have seventeen hundred and sixty yards.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The beautiful laws of time and space, once dislocated by our inaptitude, are holes and dens. If the hive be disturbed by rash and stupid hands, instead of honey, it will yield us bees.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

We would willingly, and without remorse, sacrifice not only the present moment, but all the interval (no matter how long) that separates us from any favorite object.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Impatient straight to flesh his virgin sword.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. 20, l. 381), (Pope's translation)

I wish, and I wish that the spring would go faster,
  Nor long summer bide so late;
    And I could grow on like the foxglove and aster,
      For some things are ill to wait.
      - Jean Ingelow,
        Song of Seven--Seven Times Two

In all evils which admit a remedy, impatience should be avoided, because it wastes that time and attention in complaints which, if properly applied, might remove the cause.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Procrastination is hardly more evil than grasping impatience.
      - Immanuel Kant

Such is our impatience, such our hatred of procrastination, to everything but the amendment of our practices and the adornment of our nature, one would imagine we were dragging Time along by force, and not he us.
      - Walter Savage Landor

Impatience is the mark of independence, not of bondage.
      - Marianne Craig Moore

I am on fire
  To hear this rich reprisal is so nigh,
    And yet not ours.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Hotspur at IV, i)

Impatience is a quality sudden, eager and insatiable, which grasps at all, and admits of no delay; scorning to wait God's leisure, and attend humbly and dutifully upon the issues of His wise and just Providence.
      - Bishop Robert South

Impatience turns an ague into a fever, a fever to the plague, fear into despair, anger into rage, loss into madness, and sorrow to amazement.
      - Jeremy Taylor

You are convinced by experience that very few things are brought to a successful issue by impetuous desire, but most by calm and prudent forethought.
      - Thucydides

We waste the power in impatience which, if, otherwise employed, might remedy the evil.
      - Robert Aris Willmott

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