“Patience is a virtue.”
I heard this saying all the time as I was growing up. I don’t hear it as much any more.
Did I stop listening?
The world is a fast-paced environment. Companies want results. Stock prices and world markets make the fortunes of men in the matter of hours. News travels as fast as satellites can transmit.
Does the world need patience anymore?
Recently, I tried to rank my top five virtues. Patience made it into the top five. Is this virtue a relic of my upbringing, or is it still relevant?
I believe it’s still relevant, and I’ve put together some quotes to help you remember this virtue. It could help the next time you are dealing with a problem at work.
Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles, and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving until the right action arises by itself?
~ Lao Tzu
Quietly endure, silently suffer and patiently wait.
~ Martin Luther KIng Jr.
Patience is a key element of success.
~ Bill Gates
Have patience with all things, but, first of all with yourself.
~ St. Francis De Sales
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Patience is bitter, but it’s fruit is sweet.
~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Great difficulties may be surmounted by patience and perseverance.
~ Abigail Adams
Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
~ John Quincy Adams
Tolerance and patience should not be read as signs of weakness. They are signs of strength.
~ Dalai Lama
Seek patience and passion in equal amounts. Patience alone will not build the temple. Passion alone will destroy its walls.
~ Maya Angelou
The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.
~ Leo Tolstoy
How poor are they that have not patience! What would did ever heal but by degrees?
~ William Shakespeare
If I have done the public any service, it is due to my patient thought.
~ Isaac Newton
He that can have patience can have what he will.
~ Benjamin Franklin
Most of all, be patient with the development of your employees. The good ones will eventually become all-stars and work their hardest for you.
~ Joe Croarkin
Tell me, is patience a forgotten virtue? Share your thoughts!