1.The capacity, quality, or fact of being patient.
2.Chiefly British. The game solitaire.
Synonyms: patience, long-suffering, resignation, forbearance. These nouns all denote the capacity to endure hardship, difficulty, or inconvenience without complaint. Patience emphasizes calmness, self-control, and the willingness or ability to tolerate delay: "Our patience will achieve more than our force" (Edmund Burke). "No fear can stand up to hunger, no patience can wear it out" (Joseph Conrad). Long-suffering is long and patient endurance, as of wrong or provocation: The general, a man by no means notable for docility and long-suffering, flew into a rage. Resignation implies an unresisting acceptance of or submission to something trying, as out of despair or necessity: Too timorous to protest the disrespect with which she was being treated, the young woman could only accept it with resignation. The parents showed remarkable forbearance toward their defiant and unruly son.
Emotion, religion and morality:
forbearance, endurance, longsuffering, longanimity
tolerance, toleration, refusal to be provoked
resignation, acquiescence, submission
perseverance: endurance, patience, fortitude, suffering
leniency: forbearance, easygoingness, longsuffering, soft answer, patience
feeling: control of feeling, stoicism, endurance, stiff upper lip, patience
moral insensibility: repression, repression of feeling, stoicism, stiff upper lip, patience
card game: solo, solitaire, patience
caution: Fabianism, Fabian policy, patience
forgiveness: longsuffering, forbearance, patience
Patience, that blending of
moral courage with physical timidity.
Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), English novelist, poet. Tess of the D'Urbervilles, ch. 43 (1891).
It seems likely that many
of the young who don't wait for others to call them artists, but simply
announce that they are, don't have the patience to make art.
Pauline Kael (b. 1919), U.S. film critic. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, "Movie Brutalists" (1968).
Home and Houses
It takes patience to appreciate
domestic bliss; volatile spirits prefer unhappiness.
George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, poet. The Life of Reason, "Reason in Society," ch. 2 (1905-6).
Patience and tenacity of
purpose are worth more than twice their weight of cleverness.
Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), English biologist. "On Medical Education," address, 1870, at University College, London (published in Collected Essays, vol. 3, 1893).
To exercise power costs effort
and demands courage. That is why so many fail to assert rights to which
they are perfectly entitled- because a right is a kind of power but they
are too lazy or too cowardly to exercise it. The virtues which cloak these
faults are called patience and forbearance.
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher. The Wanderer and His Shadow, aph. 251 (1880).
Beware the fury of a patient
John Dryden (1631-1700), English poet, dramatist, critic. Absalom and Achitophel, pt. 1.
Perhaps there is only one
cardinal sin: impatience. Because of impatience we were driven out of Paradise,
because of impatience we cannot return.
W. H. Auden (1907-73), Anglo-American poet. The Dyer's Hand, pt. 3, "The I Without a Self" (1962).
All human errors are impatience,
a premature breaking off of methodical procedure, an apparent fencing-in
of what is apparently at issue.
Franz Kafka (1883-1924), German novelist, short-story writer. The Collected Aphorisms (Oct. 1917-Feb. 1918), no. 2 (published in Shorter Works, vol. 1, ed. and tr. by Malcolm Pasley, 1973).