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Explore 1000 Wait Quotes by authors including Bradley Whitford, Barack Obama, and Earl Nightingale at BrainyQuote.

All things come to those who wait

What's the meaning of the phrase 'All things come to those who wait'?

A literal meaning, advocating patience.

What's the origin of the phrase 'All things come to those who wait'?

This proverbial saying was used by the English poet Lady Mary Montgomerie Currie (1843-1905), under her pseudonym of Violet Fane, in her poem Tout vient a qui sait attendre:

ALL hoped-for things will come to you
Who have the strength to watch and wait,
Our longings spur the steeds of Fate,
This has been said by one who knew.


'Ah, all things come to those who wait,'
(I say these words to make me glad),
But something answers soft and sad,
'They come, but often come too late.'

The saying 'all (good) things come to those (who/that) wait' is frequently attributed to Fane. While this is exactly the type of uplifting exhortation to be expressed by a Victorian gentlewoman, The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations disputes her authorship and dates the proverb as "early 16th century". I've no reason to doubt the ODQ but, sadly, they offer no citation to check against.

See also: the List of Proverbs.

You'll find lines on being patient, waiting, perseverance, inner peace, love, life, Frances de Sales (This is one of my favorite patience quote. Swahili saying.

Wait Quotes

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How you spend your time could be the difference between dreaming about the life you want and actually getting it. Big or small, you should push yourself to do the things that bring you one step closer to greatness—even when you don’t feel like doing anything at all.

The big picture of success, the glamorous snapshot that everyone sees from the outside looking in, is actually made up of small daily actions. That’s why getting things done is so important.

Related:9 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get Things Done

So don’t wait for inspiration to get started—do it now! If you need a push, these 19 motivating quotes should have you raring to go.

1. “You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.” —Tina Fey

2. “You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.” —Henry Ford

3. “You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action.” —Tony Robbins

4. “Life is short. Do stuff that matters.” —Siqi Chen

5. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” —Nelson Mandela

6. “Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” —Paul J. Meyer

7. “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” —Stephen King

8. “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” —Bruce Lee

9. “Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.” —David Allen

10. “You may delay, but time will not.” —Benjamin Franklin

11. “While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.” —Henry Link

12. “The only way around is through.” —Robert Frost

13. “The secret of getting things done is to act!” —Dante Alighieri

14. “The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now.” —Nolan Bushnell

15. “Procrastination is opportunity’s assassin.” —Victor Kiam

16. “Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.”  —Peter Drucker

17. “I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.” —Pearl S. Buck

18. “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” —Pablo Picasso

19. “So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don’t sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we’ve satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.” —Lee Iacocca

Related: How to Develop an Insatiable Hunger


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I’m single for a reason waiting on the right one to come along.

Never give up on something you really want. It’s difficult to wait, but more difficult to regret.

I’m waiting for the day when you’ll tell me that you’re thinking about me all the time.

I don’t know why I’m still waiting.

Every minute feels like an hour, every hour feels like a day, every day feels like forever, but I will wait forever and a day for you.

The worst feeling ever is not knowing whether you should wait or give up.

It’s hard to wait around for something you know might never happen’; but it’s even harder to give up when you think it’s everything you want.

Good things come to those who wait.

I’m still waiting for my sun to shine.

Just because something isn’t happening for you right now, doesn’t mean it will never happen.

I hate waiting. But if wait means being able to be with you, I’ll wait for as long as forever to be with you.

Always be strong enough to let go and be smart enough to wait for what you deserve.

If I am really a part of your dream, you’ll come back one day.
– Paulo Coelho

Maybe one day, I’ll be what you need. But don’t wait too long…because the day you want me, may be the day I’ve finally given up.

Things worth having are worth waiting for.

If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.

Waiting hurts. Forgetting hurts. But not knowing which decision to take can sometimes be the most painful…
– José N. Harris

Good things come to those who wait, Better things come to those who try.
– Nishan Panwar

Waiting for you is like waiting for rain in a drought, useless and disappointing

Waiting for the perfect girl? Idiot, even if you find her she’ll be waiting for the perfect man.

Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.
– Joyce Meyer

Sometimes waiting is the hardest thing of all.

It hurts when someone asked how much time you will wait for her.
I cried and said till my last breath I will wait for her. :'(
Come back in my life.

I’m waiting on the RIGHT one…I refuse to settle for just anybody.

You cant force someone to care, you can only sit and wait till everything catches up to them and when it finally does maybe then they’ll realize what they lost.
– Nishan Panwar

Time felt slower when we do nothing but wait.
– Toba Beta

Waiting’s exhausting.
– Toba Beta

It is very strange that the years teach us patience – that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting.
– Elizabeth Taylor

I can wait forever if you want; then promise to me that you won’t hurt me again and again.

One of the greatest strains in life is the strain of waiting for God.
– Oswald Chambers

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Looking for the best patience quotes? We’ve compiled a list of top 100 quotes and sayings about patience.

Top 100 Patience Quotes


“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” – Leo Tolstoy


“Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.” – Joyce Meyer


“The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.” – Arnold H. Glasow


“Patience is the companion of wisdom.” – St. Augustine


“A man who is a master of patience is master of everything else.” – George Savile


“Patience and diligence, like faith, remove mountains.” – William Penn


“Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.” – Unknown


“One moment of patience may ward off great disaster. One moment of impatience may ruin a whole life.” – Chinese Proverb


“Patience can’t be acquired overnight. It is just like building up a muscle. Every day you need to work on it.” – Eknath Easwaran


“Patience is not just about waiting for something. It’s about how you wait, or your attitude while waiting.” – Joyce Meyer


“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” – A. Milne


“Patience is the art of hoping.” – Luc de Clapiers


“Patience and wisdom walk hand in hand, like two one-armed lovers.” – Jarod Kintz


“Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow – that is patience.” – Unknown


“I’ve learned that anything in life worth having comes from patience and hard work.” – Greg Behrendt


“One minute of patience, ten years of peace.” – Greek proverb


“Trust the process. Your time is coming. Just do the work and the results will handle themselves.” – Tony Gaskins


“All good things come to he who waits.” – Proverb


“Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.” – Joseph Addison


“With love and patience, nothing is impossible.” – Daisaku Ikeda


“He that can have patience can have what he will.” – Benjamin Franklin


“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


“Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul.” – Francis Bacon


“Patience is the key to paradise.” – Turkish Proverb


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


“There is no road too long to the man who advances deliberately and without undue haste; there are no honors too distant to the man who prepares himself for them with patience.” – Jean de la Bruyere


“Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown.” – Soren Kierkegaard


“God has perfect timing; never early, never late. It takes a little patience and it takes a lot of faith but it’s worth the wait.” – Unknown


“Experience has taught me this, that we undo ourselves by impatience. Misfortunes have their life and their limits, their sickness and their health.” – Michel de Montaigne


“You must first have a lot of patience to learn to have patience.” – Stanislaw Jerzy Lec


“Our patience will achieve more than our force.” – Edmund Burke


“The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.” – Paulo Coelho


“To lose patience is to lose the battle.” – Mahatma Gandhi


“All men commend patience, although few are willing to practice it.” – Thomas a Kempis


“Two things define you: your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.” – Unknown


“It is very strange that the years teach us patience – that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting.” – Elizabeth Taylor


“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


“Patience is also a form of action.” – Unknown


“Trying to understand is like straining through muddy water. Have the patience to wait! Be still and allow the mud to settle.” – Lao Tzu


“The biggest challenge, I think for any new artist, is patience.” – Brett Eldredge


“I’ve been called Mr. Patient Money because I have the patience to work through challenging circumstances.” – N. Murray Edwards


“An impatient person plays differently than a more patient person.” – Vladimir Kramnik


“I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.” – Margaret Thatcher


“The principle part of faith is patience.” – George MacDonald


“No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.” – Lewis Carroll


“Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success.” – Brian Adams


“Be patient. Patience is the mother of all virtues.” – Hrithik Roshan


“There are three secrets to managing. The first secret is have patience. The second is be patient. And the third most important secret is patience.” – Chuck Tanner


“When it comes to work, I have a lot of patience, but otherwise, I am quite impatient.” – Kratika Sengar


“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” – John Quincy Adams


“The one thing about the business of entertainment is that you have to learn patience.” – Kevin Hart


“The lions taught me photography. They taught me patience and the sense of beauty, a beauty that penetrates you.” – Yann Arthus-Bertrand


“Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.” – Saadi


“The keys to patience are acceptance and faith. Accept things as they are, and look realistically at the world around you. Have faith in yourself and in the direction you have chosen.” – Ralph Marston


“Patience is the support of weakness; impatience the ruin of strength.” – Charles Caleb Colton


“Writing is good, thinking is better. Cleverness is good, patience is better.” – Herman Hesse


“I think patience is a skill and I wish I had it.” – David Duchovny


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


“Patience is key. You can’t get selfish, and that’s the number one thing I’ve learned at WWE. The world continues to go round, and I just knew – given the right opportunity and the right moment – that the world would know I was good, but now the world knows that I’m great.” – Sasha Banks


“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” – Napoleon Hill


“Patience is the best medicine.” – John Florio


“There is no substitute for hard work, 23 or 24 hours a day. And there is no substitute for patience and acceptance.” – Cesar Chavez


“My dad said to me, ‘Work hard and be patient.’ It was the best advice he ever gave me. You have to put the hours in.” – Simon Cowell


“Find patience in the breath of life.” – Ryunosuke Satoro


“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau


“Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.” – Robert H. Schuller


“Be patient and understanding. Life is too short to be vengeful or malicious.” – Phillips Brooks


“Patience is the best remedy for every trouble.” – Plautus


“We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.” – Helen Keller


“Only those who have patience to do simple things perfectly ever acquire the skill to do difficult things easily.” – James J. Corbett


“The very important thing you should have is patience.” – Jack Ma


“There is something good in all seeming failures. You are not to see that now. Time will reveal it. Be patient.” – Swami Sivananda


“Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.” – Molière


“Bear patiently with a rival.” – Ovid


“Patience is a virtue, and I’m learning patience. It’s a tough lesson.” – Elon Musk


“The greatest power is often simple patience.” – E. Joseph Cossman


“Sometimes things aren’t clear right away. That’s where you need to be patient and persevere and see where things lead.” – Mary Pierce


“You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.” – Franklin P. Jones


“Everything is out there if you know how to find it, and have the patience. I don’t and haven’t, but that’s my problem.” – Tom Holt


“Genius is patience.” – Isaac Newton


“Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is “timing.” It waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way.” – Fulton J. Sheen


“Learning patience was not an easy lesson.” – Michael Douglas


“Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it’s cowardice.” – George Jackson


“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.” – Lao Tzu


“Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.” – Heraclitus


“Beware the fury of a patient man.” – John Dryden


“Faith is not simply a patience that passively suffers until the storm is past. Rather, it is a spirit that bears things – with resignations, yes, but above all, with blazing, serene hope.” – Corazon Aquino


“Have patience with all things. But first of all with yourself.” – Saint Francis de Sales


“Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they.” – Leonardo da Vinci


“Work hard. And have patience. Because no matter who you are, you’re going to get hurt in your career and you have to be patient to get through the injuries.” – Randy Johnson


“The more you know yourself, the more patience you have for what you see in others.” – Erik Erikson


“Patience and time do more than strength or passion.” – Jean de La Fontaine


“People are stubborn about what they perceive to be the right thing or the wrong thing, and it takes a long time to filter this human condition. There’s a waiting period until people catch up. But if you have patience – which it takes when someone thinks differently from you – everybody always catches up. That patience is a wonderful virtue.” – Johnny Mathis


“I have learned that I really do have discipline, self-control, and patience. But they were given to me as a seed, and it’s up to me to choose to develop them.” – Joyce Meyer


“To learn patience is not to rebel against every hardship.” – Henri Nouwen


“Kids teach you a lot of patience.” – Mona Singh


“How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?” – William Shakespeare


“I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.” – Abraham Lincoln


“Patience and fortitude conquer all things.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Patience is a virtue, virtue is a grace; Both put together make a very pretty face.” – unknown

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