Quotes — Patience (7 entries)

Have patience with…

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them—every day begin the task anew.

— St. Francis de Sales [via]

« πλ | 29 May 2005 »

He who is fretted with his own failings…

Be patient with everyone, but above all with yourself. I mean do not be disheartened by your imperfections, but always rise up with fresh courage. How are we to be patient in dealing with our neighbors faults if we are impatient in dealing with our own? He who is fretted with his own failings will not correct them. All profitable correction comes from a calm, peaceful mind.

— St. Francis de Sales

« πλ | 9 Feb 2005 »

Human love is sanctified not in…

A short-lived fascination with another person may be exciting—I think we’ve all seen people aglow, in a state of being “in love with love”—but such an attraction is not sustainable over the long run. Paradoxically, human love is sanctified not in the height of attraction and enthusiasm, but in the everyday struggles of living with another person. It is not in romance but in routine that the possibilities for transformation are made manifest. And that requires commitment.

— Kathleen Norris, “The Quotidian Mysteries” [via]

« πλ | 25 May 2006 »

If you are patient…

If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape 100 days of sorrow.

— Chinese proverb

« πλ | 18 Jun 2004 »

Shadow passes…

Transit umbra, lux permanet.
(Shadow passes, light remains.)

— Inscribed on a sun dial

« πλ | 28 Nov 2006 »

Unsolved in your heart…

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live your questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it, you will live along some distant day into your answers.

— Ranier Maria Rilke

« πλ | 18 Feb 2005 »

We who run in the way of Love…

We who run in the way of Love must never torment ourselves about anything. If I did not suffer minute by minute, it would be impossible for me to be patient; but I see only the present moment, I forget the past, and take good care not to anticipate the future. If we grow disheartened, if sometimes we despair, it is because we have been dwelling on the past or the future.

— St. Thérèse [via]

« πλ | 27 Dec 2004 »