Quotes about patience

A collection of quotes on the topic of patience.

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„Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.“

—  Hal Borland American journalist and writer 1900 - 1978

Countryman: A Summary of Belief, Lippincott, 1965, p. 99

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„Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.“

—  Robert Frost American poet 1874 - 1963

Variant: You are educated when you have the ability to hear almost anything without losing your temper, or your self-confidence.

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„The reward of patience in the face of misfortune is more than what has been lost.“

—  Abu Hamid al-Ghazali Persian Muslim theologian, jurist, philosopher, and mystic 1058 - 1111

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„I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.“

—  Meryl Streep American actress 1949

Misattributed to Meryl Streep (and widely disseminated on the Internet as of August/September 2014), this quote is allegedly a translation of a text by the author José Micard Teixeira, the original of which begins (in Portuguese): "Já não tenho paciência para algumas coisas, não porque me tenha tornado arrogante..."
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„I never realized that a child is capable of remembering so well and of waiting so patiently“

—  Janusz Korczak Polish physician and writer 1878 - 1942

Source: Loving Every Child: Wisdom for Parents

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„All through my life, I have been tested. My will has been tested, my courage has been tested, my strength has been tested. Now my patience and endurance are being tested.“

—  Muhammad Ali, book The Soul of a Butterfly

The Soul of a Butterfly, 2004
Variant: All through my life I have been tested. My will has been tested, my courage has been tested, my strength has been tested. Now my patience and endurance are being tested.
Source: The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life's Journey

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„More than 120 takes. Those kinds of things… You [say] "Wow, Jackie's good." It's not good. You can do it. Except, do you have the patience or not?“

—  Jackie Chan Hong Kong actor and martial artist 1954

Jackie Chan: My Stunts (1999)

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„Time is still the best critic, and patience the best teacher.“

—  Frédéric Chopin Polish composer 1810 - 1849

As quoted in Chopin : Pianist and Teacher as Seen by His Pupils.
Source: Chopin : Pianist and Teacher as Seen by His Pupils (1986) by Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger, Roy Howat, Naomi Shohet, and Krysia Osostowicz, p. 23