The Heart of the Matter
May 01, 2020
It's Time for Patience


Patience is defined as the ability to bear provocation, misfortune, or pain without complaint, loss of temper, or irritation -- the knack for going beyond restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay.

Well, then, what better time to practice patience than now, during these challenging days of the Coronavirus? If you've had enough of social distancing, self-isolation, lockdown, and quarantine -- guess what -- you get a chance to explore what patience is really all about. If you have a few minutes to spare, take a look at what some very wise souls have said about this most important topic:

"Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures." - Lao Tzu

"It's not imagination on my part when I say that to look up at the sky, the clouds, the moon, and the stars make me calm and patient." - Anne Frank

"The enemy is the necessary condition for practicing patience." - Dalai Lama

"Patience is not passive, on the contrary, it is concentrated strength." - Bruce Lee

"Don't cross the bridge until you come to it." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the wrong. Sometime in life you will have been all of these." - George Washington Carver


"It's not that I'm so smart. It's just that I stay with problems longer". -Albert Einstein

"If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?" - Rumi

"The more you know yourself, the more patience you have for what you see in others." - Erik Erikson

"All good things arrive unto them that wait -- and don't die in the meantime." - Mark Twain

"First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet." - Aristotle

"It is strange that the years teach us patience; that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting." - Elizabeth Taylor

"Genius is eternal patience." - Michelangelo

"A man who is a master of patience is master of everything else." - George Savile

"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." - Lao Tzu

"Patience is the only true foundation on which to make one's dreams come true.' - Franz Kafka

"It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop." - Confucius

"Other people can't cause us to be impatient unless we let them do so. In other words, others don't make us impatient. We make ourselves impatient, through our expectations and demands, fixated attachments and stuckness." - Lama Surya Das


"Take up an idea, devote yourself to it, struggle on in patience, and the sun will rise for you." - Swami Vivekananda

"One moment of patience may ward off great disaster. One moment of impatience may ruin a whole life." - Chinese proverb

"Many a man thinks he is patient when, in reality, he is indifferent." - B.C. Forbes

"Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come." - Robert Schuller

"Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity." - Carl Jung

"Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy." - Saadi

"The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching it, not by smashing the egg." - Arnold Glasgow

"Patience is passion tamed." - Lyman Abbot

"And sure enough, even waiting will end... if you can just wait long enough." - William Faulkner

"I will not be distracted by noise, chatter, or setbacks. Patience, commitment, grace, and purpose will guide me." - Louise Hay


"Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace." - Victor Hugo

"Patience has its limits. Take it too far and its cowardice." - George Jackson

"All men commend patience, although few are willing to practice it." - Thomas a Kempis

"You must first have a lot of patience to learn to have patience." - Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

"Trying to understand is like straining through muddy water. Have the patience to wait! Be still and allow the mud to settle." - Lao Tzu

"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." - John Quincy Adams

"What's coming will come and we'll meet it when it does." - J.K. Rowling

"If patience is worth anything, it must endure to the end of time. And a living faith will last in the midst of the blackest storm." - Mahatma Gandhi

"I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

"Inner peace is impossible without patience. Wisdom requires patience. Spiritual growth implies the mastery of patience. Patience allows the unfolding of destiny to proceed at its own unhurried pace." - Brian Weiss

"A boxer derives the greatest advantage from his sparring partner -- and my accuser is my sparring partner. He trains me in patience, civility and even temper." - Marcus Aurelius

"Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day." - Rainer Maria Rilke

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. - Corinthians 13:4-5

"Patience is the mark of true love. If you truly love someone, you will be more patient with that person." - Thich Nhat Hanh

"Quietly endure, silently suffer and patiently wait." - Martin Luther King

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"Clearly older women and especially older women who have led an active life or elder women who successfully maneuver through their own family life have so much to teach us about sharing, patience, and wisdom." - Alice Walker

"How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?" - William Shakespeare

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

"The two most powerful warriors are patience and time." - Leo Tolstoy

"It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die. Than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience." - Julius Caesar

"All great achievements require time." - Maya Angelou

"Patience is the key to contentment." - The Prophet Muhammad

"To lose patience is to lose the battle." - Mahatma Gandhi

"We could never learn to be brave and patient if there was only joy in the world." - Helen Keller

"Whoever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul." - Francis Bacon

"If I have done the public any service it is due to my patient thought." - Isaac Newton

"I'm patient." - Michael Jordan

"Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace." - May Sarton

"Patience doesn't mean making a pact with the devil of denial, ignoring our emotions and aspirations. It means being wholeheartedly engaged in the process that's unfolding, rather than ripping open a budding flower or demanding a caterpillar hurry up and get that chrysalis stage over with." - Sharon Salzberg

"Have patience with all things. But, first of all, yourself." - St. Francis

In what ways can YOU be more patient during these challenging days of the Coronavirus?

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Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at May 1, 2020 08:58 PM

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