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April 26, 2012

Thirteen Proverbs About Patience


Writers spend a lot of time waiting for decisions from editors, agents, publishers. Hurry up and wait. I’m not very good at waiting. Just saying, but patience or impatience makes a good topic for a Thursday Thirteen.

Thirteen Proverbs About Patience

1. Patience is a virtue.

2. Patience is the knot which secures the seam of victory.

3. A little impatience will spoil great plans.

4. Patient men win the day.

5. He who would climb the ladder must begin at the bottom.

6. The string of a man’s sack of patience is generally tied with a slip knot.

7. Long looked for comes last.

8. Patience is a plaster for all sores.

9. Nature, time and patience are the three great physicians.

10. Patience is a flower that grows not in every one’s garden.

11. We must learn to walk before we can run.

12. All things are difficult before they are easy.

13. An oak is not felled at one stroke.

Source: The Penguin Dictionary of Proverbs by Rosalind Fergusson.

Are you a patient person?


  1. Ciara Knight

    I need to read these about twenty times each day. :)

  2. Brinda

    I’ve heard a few of the above, but I need to make some posters of the others. Like Ciara, it wouldn’t hurt me to read them throughout the day!!

    • Shelley Munro

      Somehow I don’t think reading will help. I’m getting worse as I get older :)

  3. CountryDew

    Not the most patient of people – but it depends on the thing. Some things I can be very patient about, others, not so much.
    Good list of quotes.

    • Shelley Munro

      That’s true. Some things are easier on the stress levels than others.

  4. Savannah Chase

    I’ve not heard a few of these…All of them make you think..Wonderful post…

  5. Maria Zannini

    I was not patient as a young person. But age has a way of teaching you the error of our impatience.

    • Shelley Munro

      LOL I think I’m getting worse with age!

  6. Alice Audrey

    It’s pretty obvious patience is a virtue, but most of the really successful people have little of it.

    • Shelley Munro

      LOL then it’s called ambition or drive.

  7. Heather

    I am not participating this week, but wanted to say what an interesting post this is. There are many here I had not heard before. I try to be patient, but admit that is not always easy.

    • Shelley Munro

      I hope you find it, Harriet. :)

  8. colleen

    I especially like #12. I believe short cuts generally lead to things be redone later, which takes longer!

    • Shelley Munro

      Oh, no! Taking longer while suffering impatience? That doesn’t sound good.

  9. Steph

    I love your posts! This one is full of good advice, and I’ve actually been patient enough to read and think about it all!

    • Shelley Munro

      LOL Steph. Thank you.

  10. Mary Kirkland

    I really depends on the situation but I do think I am very patient. Especially with kids, pets, and people who are trying but just can’t ‘get it’, when I am trying to show them how to do something.

    I have a sickly rat at home right now and I have to give him antibiotics twice a day. I mix the liquid in sme chocolate pudding and feed it to him but he will only eat it if I hold the spoon right in front of him. And while eating he’ll stop and clean his face, rest to chatter his teeth, move to a different part of the cage…lol Little bugger has me trained well. But I never lose patience with him, I just wait until he’s done doing whatever and try to get him to eat some more pudding.

    • Shelley Munro

      Yes, it depends on the circumstances. Sometimes I can be very patient.

      I hope your rat gets better soon. Chocolate pudding sounds like a wonderful treat,.

  11. Rachel

    I’m going to print these out and put them up at work, that is when I need patience the most! :) My problem is “I want patience, and I want it now!” :)

    Hope you have a great day!


    • Shelley Munro

      Ah, the instant gratification thing. I hear you!

  12. Jenny Schwartz

    Oh dear…I’m going to out myself as an impatient person, I just know it! I can’t stand having patience sayings quoted at me. Everything has to happen now! or yesterday…yesterday works for me :)

    • Shelley Munro

      LOL – I hope I didn’t upset your day too much.

  13. sandy

    marvelous !!

  14. Amy Gallow

    When I was young, I knew I could outlast my adversaries, be they people or situations.
    That is no longer true, so I have to be both more devious and more direct (an interesting combination).
    I haven’t lost patience, I’ve just lost time.