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A Portrait in Patience

A Great Egret patiently stalks its meal among South Florida’s protected wetlands, with the purple stalks of the aquatic plant, pickerelweed, reflecting on the water’s surface. Both egret parents feed the chicks during the nesting period, which remains in high swing. Fortunately, they don’t have to travel far to forage for food, as there’s an abundant supply in this wonderful preserve; and within a few miles of these wetlands lies the Everglades. Observing the egret’s focus, intent, and diligence is a true lesson in patience — but a few humans have had poetic insights into this state of steadfastness:

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. -(Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy. -(Saadi)
Patience is the greatest of all virtues. -(Cato the Elder)
Patience is the companion of wisdom.
-(Saint Augustine)

Endurance is patience concentrated. -(Thomas Carlyle)
He that can have patience can have what he will.
-(Benjamin Franklin)
Our patience will achieve more than our force.
-(Edmund Burke)
Patience and Diligence, like faith, remove mountains.
-(William Penn)
Patience and tenacity are worth more than twice their weight of cleverness.
-(Thomas Huxley
Why is patience so important? Because it makes us pay attention. (Paulo Coelho)

A Great Egret Patiently Stalks Its Meal in the Florida Wetland

More Quotable Concepts

☞ “If the world were a logical place, men would ride sidesaddle.” -(Rita Mae Brown)

☞ “What other people think of you is none of your business.” -(Paulo Coelho)

☞ “You don’t need to explain your dreams. They belong to you.” -(Paulo Coelho)

☞ “Many find their heart when they have lost their head.” -(Friedrich Nietzsche)

☞ “We are what we believe we are.” -(C.S. Lewis)

☞ “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -(Albert Einstein)

☞ “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” -(Albert Einstein)

☞ “Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” -(G.K. Chesterton)

☞ “Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices, but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence and fulfills the duty to express the results of his thought in clear form.” -(Albert Einstein)

☞ “Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.” -(Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)

☞ “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” -(Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)

☞ “This too shall pass.”

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