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Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. – Jean-Jacques Rousseau What does that mean? This quote starts describing patience, and assigning it a flavor. A very strong and not very pleasant flavor. A flavor to which we can relate. Bitter, in tiny amounts, can provide contrast, but it isn’t usually something you would want […]

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Two things define you: Your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.

Two things define you: Your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything. – Unknown What does that mean? That is the real question of life, isn’t it? “Who are you?” How are you defined and how do you define yourself? It’s hard to know in the quiet times. It is only […]

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Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. – Harriet Tubman What does that mean? There is a slightly longer version of this quote, which I greatly prefer. It starts with an extra sentence, and is as follows: “I have come to learn […]

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Genius is eternal patience.

Genius is eternal patience. – Michelangelo What does that mean? Patience. Waiting, working, thinking, perfecting. That is the key element of genius. It’s not a quick thing. It takes as long as it takes, and genius will take the time necessary to craft the finest results the world has seen. No short cuts, no slap-dash work. […]

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Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. – Robert Louis Stevenson What does that mean? Here, the emphasis isn’t on enjoying collecting of the results at the end, but in the joy of getting things started. The form is agricultural, and notes that it takes time to […]

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In situations that are difficult and challenging, patience helps maintain your will power and can sustain you.

In situations that are difficult and challenging, patience helps maintain your will power and can sustain you. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Life is difficult and challenging. But sometimes things are more difficult and challenging than others. In this quote, he urges us to use patience in these trying times. The use of […]

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We should value our enemies because they provide us with unique opportunities to practice patience, tolerance and forbearance.

We should value our enemies because they provide us with unique opportunities to practice patience, tolerance and forbearance. –  Dalai Lama What does that mean? He is asking us to consider the benefits of having someone who opposes you (I dislike the term ‘enemy’). It might be the mean kids(s) at school, a sibling (or two), or your boss. […]

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Only the inner protection of patience…

Only the inner protection of patience can keep us from experiencing the turmoil of negative thoughts and emotions. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Have you ever seen the commercials or videos where someone is standing still and everything is moving around them at super fast speed? That is what this quote reminds me of. Patience brings a […]

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You won’t help shoots grow by pulling them up higher.

You won’t help shoots grow by pulling them up higher. – Chinese Proverb What does that mean? Shoots, being a term for young plants, need to grow to be useful.  So the sooner they grow tall, the sooner you get to harvest them.  However, as this saying states, pulling on them doesn’t make them taller, […]

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