Impatient Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old impatient quotes, impatient sayings, and impatient proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


To be impatient is to be hooked on the future.     

Gerald Jampolsky

The wise are always impatient, for he that increases knowledge increases impatience of folly.

Baltasar Gracian

Alas, impatience is but another form of unhappiness. It is true, it is true. I have never met a happy impatient person.     

Richelle E. Goodrich

When we get impatient because something is taking too long, we should remember that Life waits on us a thousand times more than we wait on Life.

Laura Teresa Marquez

Impatience is the cardinal sin of youth.

M.T. Bass

The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach - waiting for a gift from the sea.     

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Impatience is a hindrance. As with all things if you attempt to take shortcuts, the final destination will rarely be as good and may even be attainable.     

Chris Bradford

Impatience, resentment, jealousy and endless "want" are not creative attractors and have no value.     

Bryant McGill

We were too greedy, grasping for immortality too soon. Perhaps if we had only been patient, content to wait, we would all have forever in the end.     

Jessica Khoury

Impatience has a poor track record for perfection. Getting things right usually includes calming down!     

Garrison Wynn

Impatience has ruined many crowns; it had lured people to give up when they have just few minute to win, just few millimeters to touch the winning carpet!

Israelmore Ayivor

Impatience turns an ague into a fever, a fever to the plague, fear into despair, anger into rage, loss into madness, and sorrow to amazement.

Jeremy Taylor

Impatience may be a virtue if you have to write for today's generation.     

Haresh Sippy

We want instant lunch, instant cure, instant miracles, instant salary, instant success— instant everything. This instant civilization, we have obsessed with, has made us grow a tad too impatient in virtually everything about life. And, of course, that doesn’t serve us so well.     

Boniface Sagini

Waiting is one of the things that human beings cannot do well, though it is one of the essential things we must do successfully if we are to know happiness. We are impatient for the future and try to craft it with our own powers, but the future will come as it comes and will not be hurried.

Dean Koontz

The wisest are the most annoyed at the loss of time.

Dante Alighieri

Perhaps there is only one cardinal sin: impatience. Because of impatience we were driven out of Paradise, because of impatience we cannot return.

W. H. Auden

Impatience is racing at misery full speed.

Richelle E. Goodrich

Patience is the art of concealing your impatience.     

Guy Kawasaki

When you wear the weed of impatience in your heart instead of the flower Acceptance-with-Joy, you will always find your enemies get an advantage over you.     

Hannah Hurnard

You're trying to eat grass that isn't there. Why don't you give it a chance to grow?

Richard Adams

Impatience is a virtue.

Ursula Burns

Never allow impatience to prevent you for reaching your full potential.     

Lailah Gifty Akita

Impatience can teach us the lessons of patience better.

Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

We are impatient, anxious to see the whole picture, but God lets us see things slowly, quietly.

Pope Francis

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

The impatient man is his own enemy; he slams the door on his own progress.

Idries Shah

Impatience can be very good by helping us not put up with tyranny, but it can distort our view of what is possible and how to bring about change. We have to cultivate patience so that our perception isn't distorted.

Paul Ekman

Impatience kills quickly.

Katerina Stoykova Klemer

Patience and time do more than strength or passion.

Jean De La Fontaine