„How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes, packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners, and instant cameras teach patience to its young?“


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„A constellation of the most pedantic, obstinate ignorance and presumption, mixed with a kind of rustic incivility, which would try the patience of Job.“

—  Giordano Bruno Italian philosopher, mathematician and astronomer 1548 - 1600
The Ash Wednesday Supper (1584), Declaration about the scholars of England, particularly those of Oxford

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„The years thunder by. The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed.“

—  Sterling Hayden American actor 1916 - 1986
Wanderer (1963), Context: "I’ve always wanted to sail to the South Seas, but I can’t afford it." What these men can’t afford is not to go. They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of "security." And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine — and before we know it our lives are gone. What does a man need — really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in — and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That's all — in the material sense, and we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention from the sheer idiocy of the charade. The years thunder by. The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed. Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life? What follows is not a blueprint for the man entombed; not many people find themselves in a situation paying a hundred and fifty thousand dollars a year (as if any man is worth that much). But the struggle is relative: it's a lot hard to walk away from an income like that than from a fraction thereof. Book I : Man at Bay, Ch. 5

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George Croly photo

„Teach me to feel that Thou art always nigh;
Teach me the struggles of the soul to bear;
To check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh;
Teach me the patience of unanswered prayer.“

—  George Croly Irish poet, novelist, historian, and divine 1780 - 1860
Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 444.

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„Preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season, convince, rebuke, and exhort, be unfailing in patience and in teaching.“

—  Paul of Tarsus Early Christian apostle and missionary 5 - 67
First Epistle to Timothy, 2 Timothy 4:2, as quoted in www.ewtn.com http://www.ewtn.com/ewtn/bible/search_bible.asp#ixzz2z6rG6sTs

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„You have failed to consider the ramifications of the solutions and pose a problem that simply would not exist if you did. This taxes my patience, which is already legendary in its general absence.“

—  Erik Naggum Norwegian computer programmer 1965 - 2009
Usenet articles, Miscellaneous, Re: XML and lisp http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.lisp/msg/06d4be5b6f5bc154 (Usenet article).

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„How many wars have been averted by patience and persisting good will!“

—  Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965
Post-war years (1945–1955), Context: Those who are prone, by temperament and character, to seek sharp and clear-cut solutions of difficult and obscure problems, who are ready to fight whenever some challenge comes from a foreign power, have not always been right. On the other hand, those whose inclination is to bow their heads, to seek patiently and faithfully for peaceful compromise, are not always wrong. On the contrary, in the majority of instances they may be right, not only morally, but from a practical standpoint. How many wars have been averted by patience and persisting good will! Religion and virtue alike lend their sanctions to meekness and humility, not only between men but between nations. How many wars have been precipitated by firebrands! How many misunderstandings which led to wars could have been removed by temporizing! How often have countries fought cruel wars and then after a few years found themselves not only friends but allies! The Second World War, Volume I : The Gathering Storm (1948) Chapter 17 (The Tragedy of Munich), p .287 http://books.google.de/books?id=HzlT3t05OHoC&pg=PA287&dq=churchill+the+gathering+storm+have+been+averted+by+patience+and+persisting+good+will!&hl=de&sa=X&ei=1355T-39C4jHsgb0t-mWBA&ved=0CDIQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

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„Patience has its limits. Take it too far and it's cowardice.“

—  George Jackson (activist) activist, Marxist, author, member of the Black Panther Party, and co-founder of the Black Guerrilla Family 1941 - 1971
Letter http://books.google.com/books?id=miuCcUGkuYMC&q=%22Patience+has+its+limits+Take+it+too+far+and+it's+cowardice%22&pg=PA61#v=onepage to his parents from San Quentin Prison, 2 May 1965, in Soledad Brother (1970), p. 61

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„For he who patience hath can all things do.“

—  Francesco Berni Italian poet 1497 - 1535
Rifacimento of Orlando Innamorato, Che chi a pazienza fa ogni cosa. XXIII, 64

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