60 Inspiring Patience Quotes To Help You Stay Calm, Cool & Collected

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Peace of mind is something many of us aspire to attain. We crave peace in a world full of chaos.

But there are moments in our lives when our patience is tested to such an extent that we wonder If we'll ever be able to calm down.

In times like these, quotes about patience can be a much needed source of soothing for your inner (impatient) beast. There's a reason the saying “Patience is a virtue” is still so widely known nearly 700 years after it was first coined by William Langland in his poem Piers Plowman somewhere around 1360.

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We can't expect problems will always be resolved quickly, nor should we expect to see results two seconds after completing a task. When we continually allow ourselves to demand everything be handled as an emergency, we lose that irreplaceable sense of accomplishment that comes from seeing the fruits of your hard labor finally blossom.

If you need some guidance for maintaining your patience through difficult moments, the patience quotes below are meant for you. Wise quotes about patience remind us why it's important to step back and put things in perspective, especially when it comes to situations that could impact our most important relationships with others.

So look to our collection of patience quotes when you need to calm yourself down.

60 Patience Quotes To Help You Stay Calm

1. “One minute of patience, ten years of peace.” — Greek proverb

2. "Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in mind.” ― David G. Allen

3. "The benefits of living a simple life are not immediate so be sure to have the patience to wait for the fruits of your efforts." — Ryan Cooper, Simplicity: The Art Of Simplicity Guide!

4. “It is very strange that the years teach us patience - that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting.” ― Elizabeth Taylor, A Wreath of Roses

5. “Patience is not the ability to wait but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.” ― Joyce Meyer, Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind

6. “With love and patience, nothing is impossible.” — Daisaku Ikeda

7. “Our patience will achieve more than our force.” ― Edmund Burke

8. “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” — John Quincy Adams

9. “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

10. “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” — Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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11. "Two things define you: Your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything." — George Bernard Shaw

12. “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” ― Leo Tolstoy

13. “Genius is nothing but a great aptitude for patience.” — George-Louis de Buffon

14. “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 to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.” — Carl Jung

15. “How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?” — William Shakespeare, Othello

16. “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 H. Schuller

17. “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

18. “I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature.” — Paulo Coelho

19. “Patience is the key to paradise.” — Turkish Proverb

20. “Have patience with all things, But, first of all with yourself.” — Saint Francis de Sales

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21. “Sometimes things aren’t clear right away. That’s where you need to be patient and persevere and see where things lead.” — Mary Pierce

22. “Be patient and understanding. Life is too short to be vengeful or malicious.” — Phillips Brooks

23. “The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it." — Arnold H. Glasow

24. “Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses, and disappointments; but let us have patience and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.” — Joseph Addison

25. “The test of good manners is to be patient with the bad ones.” — Solomon Ibn Gabirol

26. “Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow - that is patience. The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” ― Leo Tolstoy

27. “Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.” — Saadi

28. “Come what may, all bad fortune is to be conquered by endurance.” — Virgil

29. “Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly ever acquire the skill to do difficult things easily.” — James J. Corbett

30. “Whoever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul.” — Sir Francis Bacon

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31. “There is no road too long to the man who advances deliberately and without undue haste; there are no honors too distant to the man who prepares himself for them with patience.” — Jean de la Bruyere

32. “Patience is the best remedy for every trouble.” — Plautus

33. “Endurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty.” — John Ruskin

34. "When it comes to increasing motivation and self-control, you have to remain patient and allow your mind to adapt to the new changes." — Jill Hesson

35. "Patience you must have, my young Padawan." — Yoda

36. “Have patience, my friend, have patience; For Rome wasn’t built in a day! You wear yourself out for nothing In many and many a way! Why are you nervous and fretty When things do not move along fast; Why let yourself get excited Over things that will soon be past?” — Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, “Patience”

37. "What kind of inner monologue starts up when the negativity comes from the outside? Start practicing grace, patience, and self-love." — Joseph Taylor, The Prepper Mindset

38. "When you encounter various trials, big or small, be full of joy. They're opportunities to learn patience."— Scott Curran, From God to You

39. "Our impatience of miles, when we are in a hurry; but it is still best that a mile should have seventeen hundred and sixty yards." — Ralph Waldo Emerson

40. "But 'not giving up' requires a certain level of patience, of hours and hours, and sometimes days or weeks, months or years of trying and perfecting." — V. Noot, Don't Give Up

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41. "Doing interesting work when nobody notices take patience and belief." — Brian Knapp, Creative Pursuit

42. "If something is left up in the air and you've done the best you can to get some answers, stop at that point and be patient." — Zak Frazer, Mastering Motivation

43. "If you lack patience and are not comfortable around groups of people, you are unlikely to make a great teacher." — Rachel Robins, Feel Good About Yourself

44. "It takes time and patience, but if you develop the habit of using forceful, positive Self-Talk rebuttals to your negative Mind Chatter you will soon see a shift in your Mind Chatter, how you feel and what you do." — Mark Snyder, Developing Good Habits

45. "By staying on top of your reactions you will be able to develop patience and tolerance; two distinct traits required for achieving long-term success." — Annabelle Higgins, Self Discipline

46. "One of the paradoxes of life is that being impatient often makes it harder to achieve something. As with any skill, you get better at manifesting the more you practice." — Simon Foster, Manifesting Change

47. "Stressors are everywhere. Each and every day, we run into situations that constantly test us, rob us of our patience, strip us of our sanity, impact our focus, and cause us to lose control of our days." — Colleen Archer, The Power of the Positive

48. "Counting down the days for something special can be difficult, but most of us would agree there are things well worth waiting for." — Susan B Townsend, A Cup of Comfort

49. “Experience has taught me this, that we undo ourselves by impatience. Misfortunes have their life and their limits, their sickness, and their health.” — Michel de Montaigne

50. "When it comes to patience, we don't have to change old habits; we can build better ones." — Sue Bender

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51. “Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner, you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they.” — Leonardo da Vinci

52. “Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement, and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success.” — Brian Adams

53. “Patience is the companion of wisdom.” — St. Augustine

54. “Patience makes a woman beautiful in middle age.” — Elliot Paul

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

56. “Patience is not just about waiting for something… it’s about how you wait, or your attitude while waiting.” — Joyce Meyer

57. “Be worthy, love, and love will come.” — Louisa May Alcott

58. “We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.” — Helen Keller

59. "To lose patience is to lose the battle.” — Mahatma Gandhi

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

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Destiny Duprey is a writer who covers music, self-care, and spirituality.