Impatience Quotes – Slow Down or Take Action?

Impatience is a common problem that affects many people , especially in our fast-paced, instant gratification, modern society.

Whether we are waiting in line at the grocery store or stuck in traffic on our way to work, being impatient can make any situation much more stressful and unpleasant.

Impatience can cause us to act impulsively, make irrational decisions, say things before thinking and make mistakes – and it often leads to feelings of anger and frustration. It also doesn’t help us to slow down and enjoy the journey of life either.

Unfortunately, these negative consequences can have a significant impact on our health and happiness, our work life and our relationships with others.

Sometimes however, impatience can be beneficial because it can motivate us to take action and get things done.

After all, if we were patient all the time, we might never get anything done!

The following quotes about impatience will touch on both the good and the bad aspects, as well as a few funny quotes about being impatient in life:


Impatience Quotes

“When we get impatient because something is taking too long, we should remember that life waits on us a thousand times more than we wait on life.” Laura Teresa Marquez


“A certain amount of impatience may be useful to stimulate and motivate us to action. However, I believe that a lack of patience is a major cause of the difficulties and unhappiness in the world today.” Joseph B. Wirthlin


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“Impatience can cause wise people to do foolish things.” Janette Oke


“One of my weaknesses is impatience. I just have this aching need to get great things done. Can’t stand slow change.” Robin S. Sharma


“The wisest are the most annoyed at the loss of time.” Dante Alighieri


“The common man prays, ‘I want a cookie right now!’ And God responds, ‘If you’d listen to what I say, tomorrow it will bring you 100 cookies.” Criss Jami


“Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic diseases of the twentieth century.” Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn


“To be impatient means never really living, being always in the future, in what will happen, but which is after all not yet here.” Olga Tokarczuk


“What good has impatience ever brought? It has only served as the mother of mistakes and the father of irritation.” Steve Maraboli


“Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous impatience.” Hyman Rickover


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


“Intuition is a suspension of logic due to impatience.” Rita Mae Brown


“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


“Three hundred years ago a prisoner condemned to the Tower of London carved on the wall of his cell this sentiment to keep up his spirits during his long imprisonment: ‘It is not adversity that kills, but the impatience with which we bear adversity.” James Keller


“To be impatient is to be hooked on the future.” Gerald Jampolsky


“I can be impatient. But I don’t think it’s always a bad habit. Sometimes a little impatience can be a good thing. It keeps you motivated.” Brant Daugherty


Procrastination is hardly more evil than grasping impatience.” Immanuel Kant


“The twin killers of success are impatience and greed.” Jim Rohn


“Do not be impatient with your seemingly slow progress. Do not try to run faster than you presently can. If you are studying, reflecting and trying, you are making progress whether you are aware of it or not. A traveller walking the road in the darkness of night is still going forward. Someday, some way, everything will break open, like the natural unfolding of a rosebud.” Vernon Howard


“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” Napoleon Hill


“Patience is the strength of the weak, impatience is the weakness of the strong.” Immanuel Kant


“There art two cardinal sins from which all others spring: Impatience and Laziness.” Franz Kafka


“One has to wait without impatience for what should come, and yet at the same time do everything within one’s power as though one were impatient and as though one were solely responsible.” Rodney Collin


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


Funny Impatient Quotes

“Patience is the art of concealing your impatience.” Guy Kawasaki


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“You’re trying to eat grass that isn’t there. Why don’t you give it a chance to grow?” Richard Adams


“Impatient men are generous ones. Or haven’t you learned that by now?” Megan Chance


“The three chief virtues of a programmer are: Laziness, Impatience and Hubris.” Larry Wall


“Impatience is a virtue.” Ursula Burns


“I would be pleased if someone would invent a pill to remove my impatience, moodiness, and occasional bursts of anger. But if they did, I wouldn’t be able to write my novels or paint.” Orhan Pamuk


“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


“Be patient with your impatience.” Roy Masters


Ultimately, impatience can be both good and bad – depending on the context and how it affects your life.   

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