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April 26th, 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?

31 comments to “Thirteen Proverbs About Patience”

  1. Ciara Knight
    April 26th, 2012 at 3:24 am · Link

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

  2. Brinda
    April 26th, 2012 at 4:03 am · Link

    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
      April 26th, 2012 at 5:57 pm · Link

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

  3. CountryDew
    April 26th, 2012 at 5:17 am · Link

    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
      April 26th, 2012 at 5:58 pm · Link

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

  4. Savannah Chase
    April 26th, 2012 at 6:22 am · Link

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

  5. Maria Zannini
    April 26th, 2012 at 7:45 am · Link

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

    • Shelley Munro
      April 26th, 2012 at 5:59 pm · Link

      LOL I think I’m getting worse with age!

  6. Alice Audrey
    April 26th, 2012 at 8:06 am · Link

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

    • Shelley Munro
      April 26th, 2012 at 6:00 pm · Link

      LOL then it’s called ambition or drive.

  7. Heather
    April 26th, 2012 at 10:07 am · Link

    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.

  8. Harriet
    April 26th, 2012 at 10:34 am · Link

    I totally need a little patience today as well.

    Have a great day!

  9. colleen
    April 26th, 2012 at 11:28 am · Link

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

    • Shelley Munro
      April 26th, 2012 at 7:06 pm · Link

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

  10. Steph
    April 26th, 2012 at 11:33 am · Link

    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!

  11. Mary Kirkland
    April 26th, 2012 at 12:11 pm · Link

    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
      April 26th, 2012 at 7:08 pm · Link

      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,.

  12. Rachel
    April 26th, 2012 at 2:26 pm · Link

    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
      April 26th, 2012 at 7:09 pm · Link

      Ah, the instant gratification thing. I hear you!

  13. Jenny Schwartz
    April 26th, 2012 at 4:56 pm · Link

    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
      April 26th, 2012 at 7:10 pm · Link

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

  14. sandy
    April 26th, 2012 at 5:21 pm · Link

    marvelous !!

  15. Paige Tyler
    April 26th, 2012 at 6:49 pm · Link

    Great TT!


    My TT is at

  16. Amy Gallow
    April 27th, 2012 at 5:54 pm · Link

    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.