Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.


With strength and patience all his grievous loads are borne,
And from the world’s rose-bed he only asks a thorn.
Wm. R. Alger—Oriental Poetry, Mussud’s Praise of the Camel.

I worked with patience which means almost power.
E. B. Browning—Aurora Leigh. Bk. III. L. 205.

And I must bear
What is ordained with patience, being aware
Necessity doth front the universe
With an invincible gesture.
E. B. Browning—Prometheus Bound.

But there are times when patience proves at fault.
Robert Browning—Paracelsus. Sc. 3.

There is however a limit, at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue.
Burke—Observations on a Late Publication on the Present State of the Nation.

Patience and shuffle the cards.
Cervantes—Don Quixote. Pt. II. Bk. I. Ch. VI.

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.
Chaucer—The Clerkes Tale. V. L. 13,254.

Patience is sorrow’s salve.
Churchill—Prophecy of Famine. L. 363.

His patient soul endures what Heay’n ordains,
But neither feels nor fears ideal pains.
Crabbe—The Borough. Letter XVII.

Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius.
Benj. Disraeli—Contarini Fleming. Pt. IV. Ch. 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.
Herbert—The Church Porch. St. 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. L. 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.
La Fontaine—Fables. II. 11.

Rule by patience, Laughing Water!
Longfellow—Hiawatha. Pt. X. Hiawatha’s Wooing.

Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.
Longfellow—A Psalm of Life. St. 9.

All things come round to him who will but wait.
Longfellow—Tales of a Wayside Inn. The Student’s Tale. Pt. I.

Endurance is the crowning quality,
And patience all the passion of great hearts.
Lowell—Columbus. L. 241.

Or arm th’ obdured breast
With stubborn patience as with triple steel.
Milton—Paradise Lost. Bk. II. L. 568.

Perfer et obdura; dolor hic tibi proderit olim.
Have patience and endure; this unhappiness will one day be beneficial.
Ovid—Amorum. III. 11. 7.

Sua quisque exempla debet æquo animo pati.
Every one ought to bear patiently the results of his own conduct.
Phædrus—Fables. I. 26. 12.

La patience est amère, mais son fruit est doux.
Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.

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—De Animi Tranquilitate. X.

And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 81.

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.
Julius Cæsar. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 169.

A high hope for a low heaven: God grant us patience!
Love’s Labour’s Lost. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 195.

Sufferance is the badge of all our tribe.
Merchant of Venice. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 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.
Merchant of Venice. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 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.
Much Ado About Nothing. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 27.

How poor are they that have not patience!
What wound did ever heal but by degrees?
Othello. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 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.
Othello. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 47.

Like Patience gazing on kings’ graves, and smiling
Extremity out of act.
Pericles. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 139.

She sat like patience on a monument
Smiling at grief.
Twelfth Night. Act II. Sc. 4. L. 117.

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.
Vauvenargues—Réflexions. CCLI.

Durate, et vosmet rebus servate secundis.
Persevere and preserve yourselves for better circumstances.
Vergil—Æneid. I. 207.

Superanda omnis fortuna ferendo est.
Every misfortune is to be subdued by patience.
Vergil—Æneid. V. 710.