Patience: The Hardest Virtue to Achieve

Beyond its spiritual and religious connotations, patience, or lack thereof, is something we are confronted with daily. We wait on lines at the post office. We wait for our paychecks to arrive. We must wait for late friends. We wait for our dreams to come true. We wait to meet the love of our lives. From the mundane to the profound, it seems much of life these days is spent waiting for something. Despite the cliché, one of the most valuable qualities a person can posses is to be patient. With patience and persistence you can overcome and accomplish anything. But why is it so incredibly difficult to be patient?

Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit. – Molière

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. – Aristotle

He that can have patience can have what he will. – Benjamin Franklin

Why is patience so important? Because it makes us pay attention. – Paulo Coelho

It is very strange that the years teach us patience – that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting. – Elizabeth Taylor

The strongest of all warriors are these two – Time and Patience. – Leo Tolstoy

Make your ego porous. Will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything. – Rainer Maria Rilke

Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.
– Lao Tzu

Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.  – A.A. Milne

Patience is the companion of wisdom. – St. Augustine

If I have made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention than to any other talent. – Sir Isaac Newton

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