Cultivating Patience


/ˈpāSHəns/ (noun)

  1. the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. (Google Dictionary)

Writing, a novel, a short story, a screenplay, take patience. Reading takes patience, too. However, patience is a hard thing to come by in times of social upheaval and national emergency. But, as someone once said, “Patience is the companion of wisdom.”

Here are some other quotes about patience, hopefully to inspire you and help you cope with trying times:

“Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in your mind.” David G. Allen

“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” Aristotle

“Tolerance and patience should not be read as signs of weakness; they are signs of strength.” Anonymous

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

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

“Patience is a key element of success.” Bill Gates

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

“All great achievements require time.” Maya Angelou

“To lose patience is to lose the battle.” Mahatma Gandhi

“When you encounter various trials, big or small, be full of joy. They’re opportunities to learn patience.” Scott Curran

“A man who masters patience masters everything else.” Anonymous

 “Patience is also a form of action.” Anonymous

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

Fortunately, there are ways to cultivate patience, for instance:

  1. Understand the addictive nature of anger, irritation, outrage
  2. Upgrade your attitude towards discomfort and pain
  3. Practice mindfulness
  4. Reframe the situation
  5. Enjoy quiet moments as much as big moments
  6. Think of the things you’ve gained by being patient
  7. Focus on short-term goals to reach long-term ones
  8. Recognize what others have to offer
  9. Distance yourself from conflict
  10. Breathe intentionally, a fundamental action for cultivating patience

Are you patient? Are you trying to cultivate patience as a habit? How have you tried to become more patient?  Have you read any books on cultivating patience? Share them here or on Facebook or Twitter.


Jane Bolton Psy.D., M.F.T. Four Steps to Developing Patience: How to decrease impatience — also known as the happiness killer. Posted Sep 02, 2011 

Kira M. Newman. Four Reasons to Cultivate Patience: Good things really do come to those who wait. April 4, 2016.

Deborah Fike. Cultivating Patience.

5 Simple Habits to Cultivate Patience. August 15, 2019.

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