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PATIENCE
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[ Also see Constancy Endurance Forbearance Fortitude Good Nature Humility Impatience Magnanimity Perseverance Resignation Rest Waiting ]

His patient soul endures what Heav'n ordains,
  But neither feels nor fears ideal pains.
      - George Crabbe, The Borough (letter XVII)

Patience! why, it is the soul of peace; of all the virtues, it is nearest kin to heaven; it makes men look like gods. The best of men that ever wore earth about him was a sufferer,--a soft, meek, patient, humble, tranquil spirit; the first true gentleman that ever breathed.
      - Thomas Dekker (Decker)

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.
      - Thomas Dekker (Decker)

Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,
        Contarini Fleming (pt. IV, ch. 5)

But the waiting time, my brothers,
  Is the hardest time of all.
      - Sarah Doudney,
        Psalms of Life--The Hardest Time of All

He who says patience, says courage, endurance, strength.
      - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

We usually learn to wait only when we have no longer anything to wait for.
      - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

It is easy finding reasons why other folks should be patient.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

Patience and fortitude conquer all things.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

He that can have patience can have what he will.
      - Benjamin Franklin

If the wicked flourish and thou suffer, be not discouraged. They are fatted for destruction; thou art dieted for health.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

If knowledge, is power, patience is powerful.
      - Robert Hall

Patience, that blending of moral courage with physical timidity.
      - Thomas Hardy

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

The worst speak something good; if all want sense,
  God takes a text, and preacheth patience.
      - George Herbert, The Church Porch (st. 72)

There is no great achievement that is not the result of patient working and waiting.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

There is no well-doing, no Godlike doing, that is not patient doing.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

Be patient, my soul: thou hath suffered worse than this.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios")

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 John Henry Hopkins

It is hard! But what can not be removed, becomes lighter through patience.
  [Lat., Durum! sed levius fir patientia
    Quicquid corrigere est nefas.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (I, 24, 19)

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 temptations, 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.
      - Thomas Hartwell Horne

Patience is the strongest of strong drinks; for it kills the giant despair.
      - Douglas William Jerrold

Patience, sovereign o'er transmuted ills.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

For patience, sov'reign o'er transmuted ill.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        The Vanity of Human Wishes (l. 352)

At the least bear patiently, if thou canst not joyfully.
      - Thomas a Kempis


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