„You are impatient and hard to please.“

—  Epiteto, Context: You are impatient and hard to please. If alone, you call it solitude: if in the company of men, you dub them conspirators and thieves, and find fault with your very parents, children, brothers and neighbours. Whereas when by yourself you should have called it Tranquillity and Freedom: and herein deemed yourself like unto the Gods. And when in the company of the many, you should not have called it a wearisome crowd and tumult, but an assembly and a tribunal; and thus accepted all with contentment. What then is the chastisement of those who accept it not? To be as they are. Is any discontented with being alone? let him be in solitude. Is any discontented with his parents? let him be a bad son, and lament. Is any discontented with his children? let him be a bad father.—"Throw him into prison!"—What prison?—Where he is already: for he is there against his will; and wherever a man is against his will, that to him is a prison. Thus Socrates was not in prison since he was there with his own consent. (31 & 32).
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—  James Richardson American poet 1950
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—  R.S. Thomas, livro The Echoes Return Slow, The Echoes Return Slow
"The Echoes Return Slow" in The Echoes Return Slow (1988)

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„Yet perhaps there is only one major sin: impatience. Because of impatience they were expelled, because of impatience they do not return.“

—  Franz Kafka author 1883 - 1924
The Zürau Aphorisms (1917 - 1918), Context: There are two main human sins from which all the others derive: impatience and indolence. It was because of impatience that they were expelled from Paradise; it is because of indolence that they do not return. Yet perhaps there is only one major sin: impatience. Because of impatience they were expelled, because of impatience they do not return. 3 (20 October 1917); as published in The Blue Octavo Notebooks (1954); also in Dearest Father: Stories and Other Writings (1954); variant translations use "cardinal sins" instead of "main human sins" and "laziness" instead of "indolence".

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„Surprised by joy—impatient as the Wind.“

—  William Wordsworth English Romantic poet 1770 - 1850
Surprised by Joy, l. 1 (1815).

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„I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.“

—  Marilyn Monroe American actress, model, and singer 1926 - 1962
Misattributed, Attributed to Monroe in self-help books and on social media, this quotation is of unknown origin and date.

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„Enlightenment is probably antithetical to impatience.“

—  Erik Naggum Norwegian computer programmer 1965 - 2009
Usenet articles, Miscellaneous, Re: *Why* is LISP better? http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.lisp/msg/56b07583ed1eb1de (Usenet article).

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„Whoever converses much among the old books, will be something hard to please among the new.“

—  William Temple Archbishop of Canterbury 1881 - 1944
Miscellanea (1690), Part II, Essay "Upon the Ancient and Modern Learning".

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