— Lauren Willig, The Masque of the Black Tulip
— Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary
The Devil's Dictionary (1911)
„Patience and perseverance are never more thoroughly Christian graces than when features of prayer.“
— Samuel I. Prime American clergyman, traveler, and writer 1812 - 1885
Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 461.
„An ill husband may deprive a wife of the comfort and quiet of her life, give occasion of exercising her virtue, try her patience and fortitude to the utmost, which is all he can do; it is herself only that can accomplish her ruin.“
— Mary Astell English feminist writer 1666 - 1731
As quoted in The Whole duty of a woman: female writers in seventeenth century England, p. 157, by Angeline Goreau. Editorial Dial Press, 1985. ISBN 0385278780.
„If everyone were clothed with integrity,
If every heart were just, frank, kindly,
The other virtues would be well-nigh useless,
Since their chief purpose is to make us bear with patience
The injustice of our fellows.“
— Molière, The Misanthrope
Le Misanthrope (1666), Si de probité tout était revêtu, Si tous les cœurs était francs, justes et dociles, La plupart des vertus nous seraient inutiles, Puisqu'on en met l'usage à pouvoir sans ennui Supporter dans nos droits l'injustice d'autrui. Act V, sc. i