Words for the Soul: A Patient Heart

Words for the Soul: A Patient Heart


KiraGrace Blog: Word for the Soul

Temperamental April holds the promise of spring, and yet we still can't help but feel the repercussions of the past winter. It encourages us to endure all things with hope for an eternal spring. But how impossible it is for the wanting heart to learn to wait! Welling up inside of each and every one of our chests is boundless hopes and thrilling desires, and yet it seems over and over again we must practice the frustrating, precious lesson of patience. Though it often feels senseless and painful, great purpose exists in the wait. Always. As we dwell on the beauty of a patient heart this season, here is a collection of quotes that keeps our eyes on the silver lining:

I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature.
– Paulo Coelho

Tell me what's the difference
between hope and waiting
because my heart doesn't know 
It constantly cuts itself on the glass of waiting
It constantly gets lost in the fog of hope

– Anna Kamieńska

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.
– Aristotle 

Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day. 
– A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.
– Carl Jung

The strongest of all warriors are these two – Time and Patience.
– Leo Tolstoy

A waiting person is a patient person. The word patience means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us.
– Henri J.M. Nouwen

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.
– Julius Caesar

Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears.
– Barbara Johnson

I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday in the far future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.
– Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

And don't worry about losing. If it is right, it happens - the main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.
– John Steinbeck

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

Have courage for the great sorrow of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake. 
– Victor Hugo

Patience attains All that is strives for.
– St. Teresa di Avila

Do not spoil what you have be desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.
– Epicurus

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