Some say patience is a virtue and they are right, but more importantly we can learn about patience from a much higher power than human intuition. We know a God personally and His patience far exceeds our own. “The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) There are things in your life right now that are trying your patience. Please, tell God about it and let Him take your hand as He walks with you. Here are 7 prayers for different situations that require your patience.
Your Future Mate
Father in Heaven
You know my heart. I am ready to give my life to someone in marriage. I only want someone that You deem worthy, Lord. I will not settle for anything less! However, my strength is failing and I need You now more than ever. Help me to be patient as I wait for who You already have planned for me. When I am anxious I jump into bad decisions. I need Your hand in this, Father. So, take my hand as I walk as a single person for now. Lead me to the one You have planned for me. I pray that whomever it is that they are doing well today and that You bless them! I love You, Abba! Amen
Help me to remember that every trial that comes my way has already been known to You in advance. I know that You are with me. I memorize Your Word. I know that I am to be “patient in affliction” (Romans 12:12 NIV). I am grateful for all You have provided me and I need to always remember that You are in control. Lord, I am learning more every day to be content with life in the moment because You are showing me Your grace and mercy daily. I will persevere through these trials, Lord, because You are with me! Thank you for being patient with me as I am learning to be patient through my own afflictions. I love you, Father! Amen
9 Long Months
I am so blessed by You! You have put a precious little baby in my wife’s tummy! I am excited for the day when I see that little one’s face for the first time. Help me to be patient as my wife goes through the ups and downs of pregnancy. I need to be strong for her when she is weak. When she needs ice cream and pickles at 3 in the morning, give me a humble and patient attitude as I drive to the store to get them. When she is lying in bed because the false labor pains come and go, give me a joy that shows her I am here for whatever she needs. I want to be as patient as possible, Lord. Give me Your strength, Father. Amen
I am blessed to have a job and I pray for the promotion coming up. I know the plans that I am making, but Your plans far exceed my own. Father, I want this promotion so bad! I could pay off debts quicker. I could get a more reliable vehicle. I could take my spouse on a really nice weekend get away! I pray that Your will be done in this, Father. If You don’t allow me this opportunity I will still praise Your Name for You are sovereign over all things. Thank you for the blessings I have right now, Lord. I will be patient as I wait to see how this all turns out. Amen
Uncertainties of Health
The doctor found a lump that could potentially be cancerous on me. I am overwhelmed with anxiety right now. You are the Healer and I need to trust in You and You alone. Help me to be patient through this process. If the results are negative I will praise You. If the results are positive I will still praise You. Father, if I do have cancer please lavish Your love on me in a tangible way. I need to feel Your presence right now. I need you, Lord. Help me to be patient through this trial, Father. I love You! Amen
All of a Sudden
The pain is unbearable right now! I can’t even process this all yet. Just yesterday I was playing with my son’s best friend. Now he is gone, taken by a selfish drunken driver. How do I tell my son? How can I walk with those who loved him? How can I grieve so deeply and still go to work? Give me patience to not seek revenge on the person who took my son’s friend from this earth so soon. Being honest, forgiveness is not even a thought right now, but I know I must do this. Please help me through this, Lord. I want to be able to forgive. Give me patience to withstand the overwhelming chaos that is around me. I need to keep focused on You, Lord. Draw me to Yourself, Father! I need you now more than ever! I love You! Amen
You have made us sexual beings and sex is a wonderful thing in the bonds of marriage. Right now, I still feel all of the urges that married men and women do, but I need Your strength to not act on them. I pray that You will help me to be a patient man/woman through my time being single. I don’t want to stain such a wonderful thing before I say “I do” in front of my future spouse. Give me strength and patience as I endure life by abstaining from sex until marriage. I want to honor my future spouse and You by doing so. I love You, Lord. Amen
I hope and pray that you find your strength in God as you strive for patience through all of the circumstances around you. Seek God and His strength. He will walk with you even when you can’t feel His presence. He is sovereign over all things. God bless you as you live a life worthy of the calling!
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So just how do you be patient and wait on the Lord? Developing patience with God while going through trials and tribulations is not always an easy thing to do. Changing your mindset and realizing a few things you need to do will aid you in that journey in waiting patiently on the Lord. A change in your mindset will transpire into patience through these 7 ways of developing patience in God presented in this article. And just how do you change your mindset? It first begins with having complete trust in your Heavenly Father. Your trust in God that He’s got everything under His mighty Power and Control is your strength.
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. -Isaiah 40:31
Read on to see how you can completely change your mindset from “I want this now” to patiently waiting on God to fulfill His promises in your life.
1. Trust and Know that God is God
Trusting God begins with having faith in Him. This simply means that you know that He will do the impossible and you recognize that God is God.
Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. -Psalm 46:10
He is the Creator of all things. So if God created all things, what makes you think that He won’t solve your problems?
Being still is being faithful to God to know when to move and take action when He instructs you. You’re patiently waiting on Him to give you further instructions, and when He does give you the Word to move forward, you’re obedient to His Word. Which brings me to the point, along side of faith comes works.
Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. -James 2:17
You can patiently wait on God all day long, but if you don’t be obedient to Him when He says to take action, your faith alone won’t stand. Listening to God and putting His Word and commands to action is what carries you over your situations.
So smile, be joyful and realize you are a Child of God. You don’t have to sulk in your misery when you put God in the midst of your situations. He’s a loving God full of grace and mercy. God will always see you through. He will take good care of you! You are a Child of the Most High. Things have no choice but to work out for you!
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. -Romans 8:28
2. Don’t Worry
Have you ever heard the phrase, “don’t worry about tomorrow?” There is a lot of true in that phrase. No one really knows what tomorrow will bring, so why worry. Tomorrow has its own troubles.
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. -Matthew 6:34
Some may think it is easier said than done to not worry. The true is that worrying and stressing does nothing for the situation. When there is a realization that no matter what, God has everything in His mighty Power and Control, worry begins to diminish. There is a certain peace that comes over you when you really know and believe that God is going to take care of you regardless of how complicated the situation may seem.
When worry starts to seep in, start praying. Pray for the given situation. Pray for strength. Pray for a peace of mind. The list goes on about what you can pray for through your trying times. It’s definitely important to keep that communication with God going strong especially during your trials.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. -Philippians 4:6
You want to be able to hear from God. The more you draw to God, the more He will draw to you. The stronger your communication is with your Heavenly Father, the easier it becomes to go through your situations. The stronger your relationship with God, the better.
Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. -James 4:8
So in short, replace worry and stress with prayer to the Lord. When you constantly worry about your situation, it can become hard to hear from God. Ultimately worry should cease when you pray and give your problems to God.
3. Be Sure to be Obedient
It can be quite easy to try and do things your way instead of God’s way especially if you’re in a panic. But God desires for everyone to be obedient to His will. We can only see a piece of the puzzle but God sees the full puzzle. He is the Creator of all things.
Let’s pretend you are going through a maze. When you are only guided by your own interpretations and not God’s Holy Spirit through this maze called “life”, you may begin to run into dead ends. But when you are obedient to God and let Him totally lead you through, you go through it and get to the finished line.
Through your obedience, trust that God doesn’t make mistakes and that He will lead you in the right direction.
While praying and fasting be observant to what God is trying to reveal to you. Humbly open your heart and mind to what God is showing you.
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; -Colossians 4:2
Obedience to God’s will for your life will really help you conquer any obstacle you may encounter. By being obedient, you are surrendering yourself to what God has for you and the direction He has planned for you to go.
4. Stay Positive
Refuse to allow negative thoughts to overtake you. When negative thoughts seep in… Pray and then replace those negative thoughts with positive ones. Constant negative thoughts can strike up anger and bitterness within you, and it doesn’t make the situation better.
It can also be very easy to fall into that pit of being angry with God. Anger towards God doesn’t help out the situation. Don’t be that person who gets angry with God. There are so many things going on that you can’t see that God can see. Please keep this positive thought in mind that God does things at His own timing which is the BEST timing. After all, He knows what’s best for us.
It also helps to surround yourself with positive people who can be positive influences in your life.
The company you keep can tremendously have an effect on you. It’s just a beautiful thing to have people in your circle who are positive supporters, loving and encouraging.
Going to church and hearing the message being delivered along with lifting up praises to God has always been liberating for me when I had things I was dealing with. Going to the church I love has played a very big part in the strengthening of my faith and patience in the Lord. The Holy Spirit has a way of speaking to the person ministering the Word at Church to speak to you. In other words, God can work through the Minister or Pastor to minister a word to you that you really need to hear. It happens all the time.
5. Seek Out Inspirational Sources
I have to say that the number one inspirational source for me is the Bible. It is God’s book of instructions, guidance and revelation to any problem, disappointment, or discouragement. There is also Power in the Holy Bible – God’s Holy Word. There have been times when I was feeling at my lowest and I would just open my Bible to a page, began reading and feel much better afterwards. There is Power in this inspirational source that just can’t be explained, but I know it is the best source of encouragement that I have ever seen!
God has been known to work through people to produce books that are able to uplift people. God has a way of using people to distribute His Words.
One of my favorite spiritual inspirational books is “JESUS CALLING: Enjoying Peace in His Presence.” by Sarah Young. It is filled with daily devotions designed to immediately lift you up and give you a different perspective on your situations. Not only does this book inspire but it will help you hear from God. This is one of the best devotional books I have ever read which is why I highly recommend it.
Just a note, there are a lot more inspirational uplifting books out there. If you don’t know where to begin looking for them, feel free to browse the page on this site: 50 Recommended Christian Books.
Another inspirational source that I recommend is social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Now wait…before you think the worst of this source. When looking for inspiration on these sites, you have to proceed with caution. A lot of things on these sites are not uplifting. So,exactly how do you find things on these popular sites that are inspiring?
Well, you can start with some of the popular pages of influential Christian spiritual leaders on Facebook that you know of. You can also check out three of my favorite Facebook inspiring pages:
1. Joel Osteen – He is one of the most positive leader I have personally seen!
2. Les Brown – He’s a great leader who gives a lot of wisdom and knowledge to help change your outlook on life for the good.
3. Jesus Daily – This organization is excellent with getting people involved in their Facebook page. They will also pray for you.
These are their Facebook Business pages. If you would like to check these three out on other social media site such as Twitter or Instagram, do a search for their names within each individual site.
Seek wisdom while going through your trials or discouragements. That’s the reason why I have included “Seeking Inspirational Sources” when you are down. Looking at inspirational posts and pages can lift your spirits a great deal while you are patiently waiting on the Lord. They can also aid in keeping your hope going strong. Always keep your mind on the Ultimate Prize which is Jesus Christ!
6. Praise God While Waiting For Your Breakthrough
When discouraged or burdened down, it can become very difficult to keep your spirits up. I want to encourage you today to put away those concerns and praise God for what He has and is already doing for you in your life. God is worthy to be praised! Praise God until your breakthrough comes and until His promises for your life are fulfilled. Even when your breakthrough comes and God’s promises for your life are fulfilled, continue to praise Him forevermore.
No matter what the situation is, God’s Awesome Glory and Power will always be revealed. Praise Him in advance! Show God how thankful you are to Him for the many blessings He has stored upon you.
Worship God because “this too shall pass.” Although tribulations may be uncomfortable for the moment or discouragement while waiting on God’s promise may cause depression, realize that it all can make you a better person if you allow it. Trials bring on patience. Considering everything going on, you still have to wait on God and abide by His time scale. His time scale is the best time scale.
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: -Romans 5:3-4
7. Bless Others
Many times when anger or frustration sets in, it can be quite easy to dispense that negative energy off onto others. I like to call it, “Taking your anger out on other people.” While you are patiently waiting on the Lord to deliver the blessings you seek from Him, you MUST remember to be patient with others.
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. -1 Thessalonians 5:14
Let’s talk about blessing others. Blessing others can include taking the time to give a word of encouragement even when you are discouraged. I know…it’s hard. But I have found that it will not only make the other person feel better but it can make you feel better. That word of encouragement you give someone else can be turned and used to minister to you as well. I can strongly attest to that. There have been days when I felt defeated, I ended up giving someone else encouragement and found myself ministering to myself with those same words. It’s amazing how that works!
Another way to bless others is to bless someone with a gift. That gift can be anything, whether it is something someone needs or a monetary gift.
Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all. -Acts 20:34-36
If you are expecting a financial blessing from God, it is always a good and honorable thing to bless someone else financially in the midst of your wait. I like to call it making a sacrifice. It just feels good when you genuinely help someone else. These small gestures of kindness can help give you a boost of encouragement in your wait on God’s promises for your life when genuinely done from the heart.
Patiently waiting on the Lord is not always easy…
True enough waiting is not always easy but if you become determined to focus on the 7 Ways to be Patient and Wait on the Lord, waiting will become a lot easier. Before you know it, problems will begin to get smaller and God will begin to get bigger. The ultimate determination is to keep your eyes fixated on Jesus Christ. And before you know it, God’s promises have come and problems don’t have you worried.
So you don’t have to sulk in your misery when you put God in the midst of your situations. He’s a loving God full of grace and mercy. God will always see you through.
Realize that sometimes what God has for you may take a little longer to happen. Everything is not always meant to come easy or come in your time frame. Be patient in your tribulation and truly invite God in to take over.
When your breakthrough comes and you see the long awaited results, don’t forget about God. Don’t forget the struggle you had and how far you’ve come. In other words, don’t forget the journey. Continue to Praise god and stay watchful and prayerful.
Lord Jesus, our Father, I come to you and pray as humble as I know how. I know that you have a perfect plan that is designed by you especially for my life. Because I know that you are God and my Heavenly Father, I know you will always supply my needs and take care of me. If I start doubting you Lord Jesus, please give me strength, guidance, and a peace of mind. Continue to help me be patient and wait on you. When I get weary Lord just lift me up and carry me through the valley. Cover me with the light of Your Presence each and every walk in my life. Lord, I want to praise Your mighty name and thank you in advance for all the blessings you have bestowed upon me. In the Precious and Powerful Name of Jesus Christ I pray. AMEN!!!
Heavenly Father, we pray for the virtue of patience, in our hearts, homes and our lives. We want to wait patiently for Your will to enfold in our lives. May we learn to wait patiently for You to bring Your answers to our prayers. We want to cooperate and wait on Your plans for us.
Hebrews 4 : 12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
As we wait on You, we pray to turn to Your Word for comfort and direction.
- Your Word is solid and reliable.
- The Word brings us truth.
- Your Word gives us strength.
- The Mighty Word of God chases away our worries and our fears.
- The Gentle Word refreshes us.
Romans 5 : 3- 4 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces.
Teach Us To Be Patient
Lord, teach us to be patient – with life, with people, and with ourselves. We sometimes try to hurry things along too much, and we push for answers before the time is right.
Teach us to trust Your sense of timing rather than our own and to surrender our will to Your greater and wiser plan.
Help us let life unfold slowly, and teach us to savor each experience and learn the lessons behind each story.
James 5 : 7 Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.
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Tolerance and Patience
Teach us Lord, to be sweet and gentle in all the events of our lives, in disappointments, in the thoughtlessness of others, in the insincerity of those we trust, in the unfaithfulness of those on whom we rely on.
Let us forget ourselves so that we may enjoy the happiness of others. Let us always hide our little pains and heartaches so that we may be the only one to suffer from them.
Teach us to be patient in our suffering and learn to profit by the suffering that comes across our path.
Colossians 1:11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy.
The Virtue of Patience
Lord, we ask You to grant us the virtue of patience. We pray that it may mellow us, not harden or embitter us, that it may make us not irritable. That it may make us broad in our forgiveness, and never narrow, proud or overbearing.
May no one be less good for having come within our influence. No one less pure, less true, less kind, less noble, for having been a fellow believer with us, in our journey towards an eternal life with You Lord Jesus Christ, Amen!
Read also: Prayer for Patience and Prayer for Divine Direction for My Life Today
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My LORD JESUS, My Rock, My Fortress AMEN! Geevetha Mary Samuel is a working, widowed mother of 4 wonderful young adults.
Patience is the ability to endure waiting, delay, or provocation without becoming annoyed or upset, or to persevere calmly when faced with difficulties.
- Blessings may appear under the shape of pains, losses, and disappointments; but let him have patience, and he will see them in their proper figures.
- Joseph Addison The Guardian no. 117 25 July 1713.
- With strength and patience all his grievous loads are borne,
And from the world’s rose-bed he only asks a thorn.
- William R. Alger, “Mussud’s Praise of the Camel”, Poetry of the Orient (1893), p. 257.
- Patience is a nobler motion than any deed.
- C.A. Bartol, Radical Problems (1872).
- Patience, n. A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue.
- Ambrose Bierce The Devil’s Dictionary.
- The bearing of a child takes nine months, no matter how many women are assigned.
- Fred Brooks, The Mythical Man-Month, Ch. 2 (1975, 1995).
- Il n’y a point de chemin trop long à qui marche lentement et sans se presser: il n’y a point d’avantages trop éloignés à qui s’y prépare par la patience.
- Translation: There is no road too long to the man who advances deliberately and without undue haste; there are no honours too distant to the man who prepares himself for them with patience.
- La Bruyère, Les Caractères (1688) Des jugements, aphorism 108.
- There is, however, a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue.
- Edmund Burke, Observations on a Late Publication, Intituled, “The Present State of the Nation”.
- Our patience will achieve more than our force.
- Edmund Burke Reflections on the Revolution in France.
- Patience is not only a virtue, but an acquired trait.
- Christian Calhoun, The Story of My Life.
- Patience and shuffle the cards.
- Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote (1605-15), Part II, Book I, Chapter VI.
- We have only to be patient, to pray, and to do His will, according to our present light and strength, and the growth of the soul will go on. The plant grows in the mist and under clouds as truly as under sunshine; so does the heavenly principle within.
- William Ellery Channing letter 2 September 1826.
- Patience is sorrow’s salve.
- Charles Churchill The Prophecy of Famine.
- His patient soul endures what Heay’n ordains,
But neither feels nor fears ideal pains.
- George Crabbe, The Borough (1810), Letter XVII.
- Patience, my lord. Why, ’tis the soul of peace.
Of all the virtues ’tis near’st kin to heaven.
It makes men look like gods; the best of men
That e’er wore earth about him was a sufferer,
A soft, meek, patient, humble, tranquil spirit,
The first true gentleman that ever breath’d.
- Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton The Honest Whore (1604), Part One, act V scene II.
- Beware the fury of a patient man.
- John Dryden Absalom and Achitophel (1681).
- atience can’t be acquired overnight. It’s just like building up a muscle. Every day you need to work on it.
- Eknath Easwaran, Your life is your message (1992).
- He that can have patience can have what he will.
- Benjamin Franklin Poor Richard’s Almanack June 1736.
- If the wicked flourish and thou suffer, be not discouraged. They are fatted for destruction; thou art dieted for health.
- Thomas Fuller Introductio Ad Prudentiam no. 844.
- Let him that hath no power of patience retire within himself, though even there he will have to put up with himself.
- Baltasar Gracián, The Art of Worldy Wisdom, (1647).
- Patience, that blending of moral courage with physical timidity.
- Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d’Urbervilles.
- Who waite for dead men shall goe long barefoote.
- John Heywood Proverbs (1546) Part I, ch 9.
- Patience is the ballast of the soul, that will keep it from rolling and tumbling in the greatest storms: and he, that will venture out without this to make him sail even and steady will certainly make shipwreck, and drown himself; first, in the cares and sorrows of this world; and, then, in perdition.
- Ezekiel Hopkins Death disarmed of it Sting Of Patience under Afflictions.
- Patience makes lighter / What sorrow may not heal. (“sed levius fit patientia quidquid corrigere est nefas”)
- Horace, Hor. Carm. 1.24.
- Patience is the guardian of faith, the preserver of peace, the cherisher of love, the teacher of humility; Patience governs the flesh, strengthens the spirit, sweetens the temper, stifles anger, extinguishes envy, subdues pride; she bridles the tongue, refrains the hand, tramples upon temptations, endures persecutions, consummates martyrdom; Patience produces unity in the church, loyalty in the State, harmony in families and societies; she comforts the poor and moderates the rich; she makes us humble in prosperity, cheerful in adversity, unmoved by calumny and reproach; she teaches us to forgive those who have injured us, and to be the first in asking forgiveness of those whom we have injured; she delights the faithful, and invites the unbelieving; she adorns the woman, and approves the man; is loved in a child, praised in a young man, admired in an old man; she is beautiful in either sex and every age.
- Bishop Horne, Discourses on Several Subjects and Occasions Patience Portrayed.
- In your patience possess ye your souls.
- Jesus Christ in Luke 21:19 (KJV).
- We shall sooner have the fowl by hatching the egg than by smashing it.
- Abraham Lincoln, White House speech 11 April 1865.
- Or arm th’ obdured breast
With stubborn patience as with triple steel.
- John Milton, Paradise Lost (1667; 1674), Book II, line 568.
- Perfer et obdura; dolor hic tibi proderit olim.
- Have patience and endure; this unhappiness will one day be beneficial.
- Ovid, Amorum (16 BC), III. 11. 7.
- Waiting is still an occupation. It is having nothing to wait for that is terrible.
- Cesare Pavese, This Business of Living, 1946-09-15.
- Patience and diligence, like faith, remove mountains.
- William Penn Some Fruits of Solitude In Reflections And Maxims (1682) no. 234.
- A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.
- Proverbs 19:11, (New International Version).
- Patience will benefit you in every hour, every time and every opportunity. It helps you to overcome your opponent, howsoever strong he may be. It will help you in times of distress and hardships, in battles and in war and peace.
- Abd al-Karim Qasim (1959) The historical extempore speech at the Reserve Officers’ College.
- And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
- William Shakespeare, Hamlet (1600-02), Act III, scene 1, line 81.
- Though patience be a tired mare, yet she will plod.
- William Shakespeare, Henry V Act II, scene i.
- I will with patience hear, and find a time
Both meet to hear and answer such high things.
Till then, my noble friend, chew upon this.
- William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar (1599), Act I, scene 2, line 169.
- A high hope for a low heaven: God grant us patience!
- William Shakespeare, Love’s Labour’s Lost (c. 1595-6), Act I, scene 1, line 195.
- Sufferance is the badge of all our tribe.
- William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice (late 1590s), Act I, scene 3, line 111.
- I do oppose
My patience to his fury, and am arm’d
To suffer, with a quietness of spirit,
The very tyranny and rage of his.
- William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice (late 1590s), Act IV, scene 1, line 10.
- ‘Tis all men’s office to speak patience
To those that wring under the load of sorrow,
But no man’s virtue nor sufficiency
To be so moral when he shall endure
The like himself.
- William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing (1598-99), Act V, scene 1, line 27.
- How poor are they that have not patience!
What wound did ever heal but by degrees?
- William Shakespeare, Othello (c. 1603), Act II, scene 3, line 376.
- Had it pleas’d heaven
To try me with affliction * * *
I should have found in some place of my soul
A drop of patience.
- William Shakespeare, Othello (c. 1603), Act IV, scene 2, line 47.
- Like Patience gazing on kings’ graves, and smiling
Extremity out of act.
- William Shakespeare, Pericles, Prince of Tyre (c. 1607-08), Act V, scene 1, line 139.
- She sat like patience on a monument
Smiling at grief.
- William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night (c. 1601-02), Act II, scene 4, line 117.
- He that will have a cake out of the wheat must tarry the grinding.
- William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida Act I, scene i.
- Patience is the art of hoping.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues Reflections and Maxims (1746) no. 251.
- Durate, et vosmet rebus servate secundis.
- Persevere and preserve yourselves for better circumstances.
- Virgil, Æneid (29-19 BC), I. 207.
- Superanda omnis fortuna ferendo est.
- Every misfortune is to be subdued by patience.
- Virgil, Æneid (29-19 BC), V. 710.
- I think that wherever your journey takes you, there are new gods waiting there, with divine patience — and laughter.
- Susan M. Watkins quoted in: Shawn Brennan, Julie Winklepleck, Gina Renée Misiroglu (1994) Resourceful Woman, p. 532.
Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
Quotes reported in Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 583-84.
- I worked with patience which means almost power.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh (1856), Book III, line 205.
- And I must bear
What is ordained with patience, being aware
Necessity doth front the universe
With an invincible gesture.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Prometheus Bound.
- But there are times when patience proves at fault.
- Robert Browning, Paracelsus, scene 3.
- There is however a limit, at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue.
- Edmund Burke, Observations on a Late Publication on the Present State of the Nation.
- Thus with hir fader for a certeyn space
Dwelleth this flour of wyfly pacience,
That neither by hir wordes ne hir face
Biforn the folk, ne eek in her absence,
Ne shewed she that hir was doon offence.
- Geoffrey Chaucer, The Clerkes Tale, V, line 13,254.
- Patience is sorrow’s salve.
- Charles Churchill, Prophecy of Famine, line 363.
- Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius.
- Benjamin Disraeli, Contarini Fleming, Part IV, Chapter V.
- But the waiting time, my brothers,
Is the hardest time of all.
- Sarah Doudney, Psalms of Life, The Hardest Time of All.
- The worst speak something good; if all want sense,
God takes a text, and preacheth patience.
- George Herbert, The Church Porch, Stanza 72.
- Durum! sed levius fit patientia
Quicquid corrigere est nefas.
- It is hard! But what can not be removed, becomes lighter through patience.
- Horace, Carmina, I. 24. 19.
- For patience, sov’reign o’er transmuted ill.
- Samuel Johnson, The Vanity of Human Wishes, line 352.
- Patience et longueur de temps.
Font plus que force ni que rage.
- By time and toil we sever
What strength and rage could never.
- Jean de La Fontaine, Fables, II. 11.
- By time and toil we sever
- Rule by patience, Laughing Water!
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Song of Hiawatha (1855), Part X. Hiawatha’s Wooing.
- Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, A Psalm of Life, Stanza 9.
- All things come round to him who will but wait.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Tales of a Wayside Inn, The Student’s Tale, Part I.
- Endurance is the crowning quality,
And patience all the passion of great hearts.
- James Russell Lowell, Columbus, line 241.
- Sua quisque exempla debet æquo animo pati.
- Every one ought to bear patiently the results of his own conduct.
- Phaedrus, Fables, I. 26. 12.
- La patience est amère, mais son fruit est doux.
- Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.
- Hoyt attributes it to Jean-Jacques Rousseau, but it appears in Voyages en Perse et autres lieux de l’Orient (John Chardin, 1711, page 175 ), written a year before Rousseau was born.
- Nihil tam acerbum est in quo non æquus animus solatium inveniat.
- There is nothing so disagreeable, that a patient mind can not find some solace for it.
- Seneca the Younger, De Animi Tranquilitate, X.
- Furor fit læsa sæpius patientia.
- Patience, when too often outraged, is converted into madness.
- Syrus, Maxims. 289.
- La patience est l’art d’espérer.
- Patience is the art of hoping.
- Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues, Réflexions, CCLI.
Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895)
Quotes reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895).
- In your patience ye are strong.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning, p. 444.
- Never think that God’s delays are God’s denials. Hold on! hold fast! hold out! Patience is genius.
- Count De Buffon, p. 444.
- A true Christian man is distinguished from other men, not so much by his beneficent works, as by his patience.
- Horace Bushnell, p. 442.
- Christ commands you to take up His cross and follow Him, not that He may humble you, or lay some penance upon you, but that you may surrender the low self-will and the feeble pride of your sin, and ascend into the sublime patience of heavenly charity.
- Horace Bushnell, p. 443.
- It is not necessary for all men to be great in action. The greatest and sublimest power is often simple patience.
- Horace Bushnell, p. 443.
- Teach me to feel that Thou art always nigh;
Teach me the struggles of the soul to bear;
To check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh;
Teach me the patience of unanswered prayer.
- George Croly, p. 444.
- Patience! why, it is the soul of peace; of all the virtues it is nearest kin to heaven; it makes men look like gods. The best of men that ever wore earth about Him was a Sufferer,— a soft, meek, patient, humble, tranquil spirit; the first true gentleman that ever breathed.
- Thomas Decker, p. 443.
- Patience is enduring love; experience is perfecting love; and hope is exulting love.
- Alexander Dickson, p. 442.
- It is easy finding reasons why other folks should be patient.
- George Eliot, p. 443.
- Patience is the ballast of the soul that will keep it from rolling and tumbling in the greatest storms.
- Bishop Hopkins, p. 442.
- Dispose thyself to patience rather than to comfort, and to the bearing of the cross rather than to gladness.
- Thomas à Kempis, p. 442.
- The holier one is, the more forbearing and loving he is; the more tender and patient and anxious to help others in every way. Think how forbearing and loving Christ is when we do wrong; and there we are to be like Him.
- Arthur Henry Kenney, p. 444.
- Therefore, let us be patient, patient; and let God our Father teach His own lesson, His own way. Let us try to learn it well and quickly; but do not let us fancy that He will ring the school-bell, and send us to play before our lesson is learnt.
- Charles Kingsley, p. 443.
- Be patient, my friends; time rolls rapidly away; our longing has its end. The hour will strike, who knows how soon?— when the maternal lap of everlasting Love shall be opened to us, and the full peace of God breathe around us from the palmy summits of Eden.
- Friedrich Wilhelm Krummacher, p. 613.
- When I am about my work, sometimes called unexpectedly and suddenly from one thing to another, I whisper in my heart, ” Lord, help me to be patient, help me to remember, and help me to be faithful. Lord, enable me to do all for Christ’s sake, and to go forward, leaning on the bosom of His infinite grace.”
- Mary Lyon, p. 444.
- We are waiting, Master, waiting,
Wayworn, pressed with toils and strife;
Waiting, hoping, watching, praying,
Till we reach the gates of life.
- Ray Palmer, p. 613.
- Not without design does God write the music of our lives. Be it ours to learn the time, and not be discouraged at the rests. If we say sadly to ourselves, “There is no music in a rest,” let us not forget ” there is the making of music in it.” The making of music is often a slow and painful process in this life. How patiently God works to teach us! How long He waits for us to learn the lesson!
- John Ruskin, p. 443.
- Show yourself a Christian by suffering without murmuring. In patience possess your soul — they lose nothing who gain Christ.
- Samuel Rutherford, p. 444.
- The disciples of a patient Saviour should be patient themselves.
- Charles Spurgeon, p. 442.
- The reward of patience is patience.
- Anonymous, but commonly attributed to Augustine of Hippo.
- Tool, “The Patient”, Lateralus (2001).