Patience is important for anyone who is interested in self-improvement and self-actualization. Not only will one encounter setbacks, but the progress will almost certainly be slow going, measured in months and years rather than days and weeks. Patience is the thing that will help you to keep your head down, knowing that the slow progress will pay off over time.

Having patience with our own progress is a form of inner strength that allows us to achieve our goals. When things seem to be moving slowly, we must keep at them because they are moving.

But patience is not simply about being patient with ourselves and our progress. It is also about being patient with others. Influencing others often requires great patience on our part, explaining the same things again and again until the ideas germinate and begin making sense.

Wisdom, solid planning and inner strength… all of these are nothing without the patience to ensure their exercise and implementation.

There are very few successful people who are not also patient people. Even those who are not patient by nature must learn how to cultivate this quality in themselves if they wish to succeed.

The quotes below underscore the importance and the power of patience.

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“Patience is not passive, on the contrary, it is concentrated strength.”

– Bruce Lee


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“And sure enough, even waiting will end…if you can just wait long enough.”

– William Faulkner


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“Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly.”

– Mae West


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“Patience and fortitude conquer all things.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


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“Everything comes in time to him who knows how to wait . . . there is nothing stronger than these two: patience and time, they will do it all.”

– Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

“Gardening is not outcome-oriented. A successful harvest is not the end of a gardener’s existence, but only a phase of it. As any gardener knows, the vitality of a garden does not end with a harvest. It simply takes another form. Gardens do not ‘die’ in the winter but quietly prepare for another season.”

– James P. Carse, Finite and Infinite Games


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“Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.”

– Moliere

“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit.

Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.

What is anything in life compared to peace of soul?”

– Francis de Sales


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“It is very strange that the years teach us patience – that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting.”

– Elizabeth Taylor


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“Our patience will achieve more than our force.”

– Edmund Burke


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“All human errors are impatience, a premature breaking off of methodical procedure, an apparent fencing-in of what is apparently at issue.”

– Franz Kafka

Quotes About Patience With Others


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“Patience is the companion of wisdom.”

– Saint Augustine


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“In the end we are always rewarded for our good will, our patience, fair-mindedness, and gentleness with what is strange.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science


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“It is far better to endure patiently a smart which nobody feels but yourself, than to commit a hasty action whose evil consequences will extend to all connected with you.”

– Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre


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“He that can have patience can have what he will.”

– Benjamin Franklin


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“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”

– Aristotle


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“I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.”

– Margaret Thatcher


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“Trying to understand is like straining through muddy water. Have the patience to wait! Be still and allow the mud to settle.”

– Lao Tzu


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“All men are made one for another: either then teach them better or bear with them.”

– Marcus Aurelius, Meditations


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“One moment of patience may ward off great disaster. One moment of impatience may ruin a whole life.”

– Chinese proverb