Bk. X, ch. 16
Source: War and Peace (1865–1867; 1869)
Bk. X, ch. 16
— Honoré de Balzac French writer 1799 - 1850
Tout pouvoir humain est un composé de patience et de temps.
Eugénie Grandet http://fr.wikisource.org/wiki/Eug%C3%A9nie_Grandet (1833), translated by Katharine Prescott Wormeley, ch. VI.
„When I had the strength, I did not have the patience. I have the patience today and I no longer have the power.“
— Joseph Joubert French moralist and essayist 1754 - 1824
The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), Absurd Creation
Context: Of all the schools of patience and lucidity, creation is the most effective. It is also the staggering evidence of man's sole dignity: the dogged revolt against his condition, perseverance in an effort considered sterile. It calls for a daily effort, self-mastery, a precise estimate of the limits of truth, measure, and strength. It constitutes an ascesis. All that "for nothing," in order to repeat and mark time. But perhaps the great work of art has less importance in itself than in the ordeal it demands of a man and the opportunity it provides him of overcoming his phantoms and approaching a little closer to his naked reality.
— 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
Source: Dreams of Steel (1990), Chapter 12 (p. 270)
— Jean De La Fontaine French poet, fabulist and writer. 1621 - 1695
Patience et longueur de temps
Font plus que force ni que rage.
Book II (1668), fable 11.
— Torquato Tasso Italian poet 1544 - 1595
Tre volte il Cavalier la donna stringe
Con le robuste braccia.
Canto XII, stanza 57 (tr. Wickert)
Gerusalemme Liberata (1581)
— Swami Vivekananda Indian Hindu monk and phylosopher 1863 - 1902
Pearls of Wisdom
— Christopher Hitchens British American author and journalist 1949 - 2011
Source: Hitch-22: A Memoir