Patience Sayings and Quotes

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


A weed is a plant we've found no use for yet.      

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

All in good time.      

Horace (65-8 BC)

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.      

Publilius Syrus (c.42 B.C.)

At the bottom of patience one finds heaven.

Kanuri (West African) (on patience)

At the gate of patience there is no crowding.

Moroccan (on patience)

Bear and forbear.      

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By diligence and patience, the mouse bit in two the cable.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

Don't cross the bridge til you come to it.      

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

Don't cry before you are hurt.      

Scottish Proverb

Don't expect things to go right the first time.      

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Don't halloo until you're out of the wood.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

Don't let anyone get your goat.      

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Don't put the cart before the horse.      

John Heywood (c.1497-1580)

Drive gently over the stones.      

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Everything comes to those who wait.      

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Genius is only a great aptitude for patience.      

Georges-Louis Leclerc de Buffon (1707-1788)

God did not create hurry.      

Finnish (on balance and moderation)

Grain by grain a loaf, stone by stone, a castle.      

Yugoslavian (on patience)

Haste has no blessing.

Swahili (East African) (on patience)

Haste makes waste.      

John Heywood (c.1497-1580)

Hasty climbers have sudden falls.      

Robert Greene (c.1560-1592)

Keep your shirt on.      

American Saying

Never change horses in midstream.      

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Never cut what can be untied.      

Portuguese Proverb

One step at a time.      

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Patience is a virtue.      

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Patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet.      

French Proverb

Patience is the companion of wisdom.      

St. Augustine (354-430)

The continuous drip polishes the stone.

Peruvian (on patience)

The more you ask how much longer it will take, the longer the journey seems.

Maori (on journeys; Ed. Note: Parents everywhere can certainly relate to this saying!)