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25 Patience Quotes that Inspire Peaceful Persistence

Take a deep breath and find that inner peace with these quotes about patience.

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Patience quotes to inspire you

Patience isn’t just about sitting in the waiting room at the doctor’s office or remaining on hold when you try to call customer service. Having patience can help us reach our goals and ultimately make us live a happier life. But we’re all only human, and sometimes, we succumb to the pressure and frustrations of life. When you feel that anger bubbling up from the pit of your stomach, take a deep breath, maybe try repeating some positive affirmations to yourself, and remind yourself that you are thankful for what you have—these gratitude quotes may help with that. Like anything, becoming a more patient person takes practice and time. These patience quotes from some of the world’s most notable people will hopefully inspire you to work towards being more positive and less stressed about things that are out of your control.

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Mahatma Gandhi Patience Quote

1. “To lose patience is to lose the battle.” —Mahatma Gandhi. These spiritual quotes are as transformative and enlightening as it gets.

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Jean Jacques Rousseau Patience Quote

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

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Hal Borland Patience Quote

3. “Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.” —Hal Borland. 

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Francis De Sales Patience Quote

4. Have patience with all things but first of all with yourself.” —Francis de Sales.

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Kao Kalia Yang Patience Quote

5. “Patience is the road to wisdom.” —Kao Kalia Yang. 

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Cristina Marrero Patience Quote

6. Maybe that’s why life is so precious. No rewind or fast forward… just patience and faith.” —Cristina Marrero. 

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George Bernard Shaw Patience Quote

7. “Two things define you: your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.” —George Bernard Shaw. 

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Confucius Patience Quote

8. It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” —Confucius. 

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Plautus Patience Quote

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

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Lao Tzu Patience Quote

10. “I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.” —Lao Tzu. 

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Daisaku Ikeda Patience Quote

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

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Anonymous Patience Quote

12. “Patience is when you’re supposed to get mad, but you choose to understand.” —Anonymous

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Ovid Patience Quote

13. “Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you.” —Ovid

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Maxime Lagacé patience Quote

14. “When you have self-knowledge, you’re naturally calm and poised. You overcome obstacles with ease. They are part of your plan.” —Maxime Lagacé 

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Elizabeth Taylor Patience Quote

15. “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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A.A. Milne Patience Quote

16. “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” —A.A. Milne

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Sue Bender Patience Quote

17. “When it comes to patience, we don’t have to change old habits; we can build better ones.” —Sue Bender

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Abraham Lincoln Patience Quote

18. “I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.” —Abraham Lincoln

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Leo Tolstoy Patience Quote

19. “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” —Leo Tolstoy

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Mary Pierce Patience Quote

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

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Louise Hay Patience Quote

21. “I will not be distracted by noise, chatter, or setbacks. Patience, commitment, grace, and purpose will guide me.” —Louise Hay

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Saadi Patience Quote

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

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Croft M. Pentz Patience Quote

23. “The secret of patience is to do something else in the meantime.” —Croft M. Pentz

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John Dryden Patience Quote

24. “Beware the fury of a patient man.” —John Dryden

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Lemony Snicket Patience Quote

25. “There are times to stay put, and what you want will come to you, and there are times to go out into the world and find such a thing for yourself.”  —Lemony Snicket.

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