Phrases with "patience"

The gentleman’s patience and rhetorical vigilance were now completely exhausted. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Rudyard Kipling Tell me now” — he wrenched at my head — “why the King chose to honour you, — you — you — you lickspittle Englishman? I am full of patience now. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

He had always been given way to: his whims were studied, his tempers went unreproved, and no patience was taught him. Janet Carey by Ellen Wood [1873]

H.P. Lovecraft The patience you have shewn in waiting, and the confidence you have shewn in my mind and integrity, are things I shall never cease to appreciate. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

Algernon Blackwood Now he’s written to me —” George looked up with infinite patience and desire in his kindly gaze. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

In return I shall only ask his patience when I strike too persistently the chord of autobiography. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

When he gets hold of a good fancy, he lacks the patience that is necessary in order to work it up in an effective way. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Maria Edgeworth We should humbly advise our female friends to forbear exposing a husband’s patience to this trial, or at least to temper it with much fondness, else mischief will infallibly ensue. The Modern Griselda by Maria Edgeworth

I have no patience with such men,” she replied. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Wilkie Collins They ran from room to room unnecessarily, and lost time and patience in jostling each other on the stairs. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Have a fresh cigar and a good stock of patience while I tell you the story. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

I say had ‘hoped for,’ for it was the conventional notion most fathers entertain, though I doubt if I should have had much patience with the reality. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Wilkie Collins Never before had I met with such noble patience under suffering as I found among the people. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

D. H. Lawrence If only you could learn patience and self-discipline, I do not see why you should not make a good teacher. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing If I don’t electrify her, one of these days, with an outburst of ferocious indignation, she will only have my patience to thank. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Jules Verne With a patience which none but sportsmen could understand, they would watch for the amphibious animals near the holes through which they come up to the surface of the ice-field to breathe. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Ann Radcliffe The Marchesa’s patience would scarcely await the conclusion of his narrative or her disappointment submit to the curb of discretion. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Wilkie Collins I have learnt patience — I can wait my time. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

I have no patience with the man. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Miles Franklin I do not believe in spurning the love of a blackfellow if he behaves in a manly way; but Frank Hawden was such a drivelling mawkish style of sweetheart that I had no patience with him. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

The Romans never knew the dreadful folly of religious wars, an abomination reserved for devout preachers of patience and humility. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

Wilkie Collins Ask Mrs. Tyrrel, who blesses the day when she came into the house —” “Ask a fiddlestick’s end! I beg your pardon, George, but you are enough to try the patience of a saint. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Elizabeth Von Arnim She had no patience with them. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Elizabeth Gaskell But with the increase of serious and just ground of complaint, a new kind of patience had sprung up in her mother’s mind. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Elizabeth Gaskell Really, now he is doing so well, I’ve no patience with him, lying there where Mr. Gray ought to be. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

At last, early in the February after my mistress’s death, I resolved upon going to the cemetery every day, and remaining there, in view of the grave, as long as my stock of patience would allow me. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Henry James Roderick was very unhappy; that was enough, and Mary’s duty was to join her patience and her prayers to those of his doting mother. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Andrew Lang But the prince spoke and said: ‘Have patience for one minute. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells Now the last reasons for patience had disappeared. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I have no patience to labour for another to reap the harvest. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

He had only to teach himself patience — to bide his time. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Arthur Conan Doyle With the unrelaxing patience which made him great in business, he had striven, year in and year out, to win her affection. The Retirement of Signor Lambert by Arthur Conan Doyle

Walter Besant Let all this pass: time brings patience and understanding. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The limit of my inclination and my patience has been reached. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Henry James I’ve no patience with him,” her ladyship continued. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

His patience never wearied, his vigilance never flagged. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

With Manister’s patience she had none at all. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Sir Walter Scott I had scarce patience with the hired gladiator, and yet could hardly help laughing at the extremity of his impudence. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

Wilkie Collins It is perhaps only right to add that my patience had been tried by the progress of domestic events, which affected Lady Lena and myself — viewed as victims. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Edith Wharton He had small patience with the kind of reverence which treats fine things as if their fineness made them useless. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

Wilkie Collins Before he opened his lips, I saw that he too had had his mind disturbed, and his patience tried, since I had left him. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

My diabolical gout happened to be a good deal worse than usual that night, and my friend’s wife assisted my servant to nurse me, with the patience of an angel, or a sister of charity. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

With patience and consideration and an alert mind, Grant interviewed the seven people he had set out to see quite literally to see. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

George Meredith The personal burdens inflicted on him by her ladyship he prayed for patience to endure. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

I’ve no patience with our modern democratic modesty. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Jules Verne They must, therefore, be satisfied with visiting each hole, and rummaging in it with a stick, hoping by dint of patience to do what could not be done in any other way. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

G. K. Chesterton Their patience mostly consisted of waiting for others to rise to the spiritual plane where they themselves already stood. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

H. G. Wells Thirp sat crouched and angular with his arms folded, waiting an hour to the minute so to speak; Olders subdued himself to patience by staring out of the windows. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Thomas Hardy Yet if a subject takes his fancy he will follow it up with exemplary patience till something diverts him. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Charles Kingsley So she set herself to learn, and read, and trained her mind and temper more earnestly than ever, and waited in patience for God’s good time. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Marjorie Bowen But d’Este looked on him with mistrust; he had no love for the light-hearted German. Still Mastino came not, and Giacomo moved with a great show of patience and forbearance. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Louisa May Alcott Besides, the best have to get through the hobbledehoy age, and that’s the very time they need most patience and kindness. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Anna Katherine Green But it was a patience not without its breaks. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

She ruled, if she can be said to have ruled at all, by love and patience and ready forgiveness. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

I immediately paid a visit to my Prisoner. I strove to persuade her submitting with patience to her temporary confinement. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Robert Louis Stevenson As the sun returns in the east, so let our patience be renewed with dawn; as the sun lightens the world, so let our loving-kindness make bright this house of our habitation. Prayers Written At Vailima by Robert Louis Stevenson

Elizabeth Gaskell Now patience and care must be practised. Six Weeks at Heppenheim by Elizabeth Gaskell [1862]

Anna Katherine Green Then like a lion baited beyond his patience the judge lifted his head and faced them all with a fiery intensity which for the moment made him a terrible figure to contemplate. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

His patience could endure no longer. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Wilkie Collins Leave the room!” Anne’s patience — so firmly and admirably preserved thus far — began to fail her at last. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Andrew Lang At length Ardan the eldest spoke and said: ‘It is now a year and a day since our sister was taken from us, and we have waited in grief and patience for her to return. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

He found it hard to possess his soul in patience and to answer questions satisfactorily under such circumstances. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Robert Louis Stevenson Yesterday and the day before I drafted eleven and revised nine pages of Chapter V., and the truth is, I was extinct by lunch-time, and played patience sourly the rest of the day. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Eliot I hanna common patience with you. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Why, sir, I wasn’t always so rough; but I have been twenty years at it; and mad folk they’d wear the patience out of Jove, and the milk of human kindness out of saints and opossums. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Wilkie Collins I have waited to make it a complete Report; and I have been met, here and there, by obstacles which it was only possible to remove by some little expenditure of patience and time. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Come, my boy; patience and courage. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Wilkie Collins Lucilla’s patience failed her. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Henry James There appears to me, moreover, as I look back, no note in all this more extraordinary than the mere fact that, in spite of my tension and of their triumph, I never lost patience with them. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

T. E. Lawrence This, added to the high, strong brows and antimony-enlarged eyes, gave him a mixed air of artifice and petulance, with weary patience self-imposed upon a base of pride. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Come to me to-morrow if thou wilt; but I’ll have thee know, patience only and courtesy shall get good of me. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Joseph Furphy It is not the Celt who has made Irish history an unexampled record of patience and insubordination, of devotion and treachery. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

John Galsworthy Their patience in trying the patience of those impersonal creatures who swam about before them could alone have been displayed by such as were moved by faith. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

I lost all patience with Wellsted,217 whose blunders concerning the Umm el-Karáyát are really surprising, even for a sailor on camel-back. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Jonathan Swif One must have patience with these things; the best of it is, I shall be plagued no more. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

So if finesse and patience can keep matters smooth till tomorrow night it will be well. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Henry Fielding She desired him therefore to stay with patience for her in the mean time, and that she would leave the door unlocked, though her papa would never forgive her if he should discover it. The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild The Great by Henry Fielding

With an earnestness and a patience which he had never before commanded for his pleasures, Arbaces had devoted himself to win the heart of Ione. It did not content him to love, he desired to be loved. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

De Hamal is most worthless, yet I fear he pleases her: wretched delusion!” My patience really gave way, and without notice: all at once. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

H. G. Wells The persistence of his creative aim impressed Mrs. Rylands as heroic, but it was mingled with a patience that seemed to her almost inhuman. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

William Godwin The construction would cost them much time; and they must then wait with patience till the faculty of speech descended upon it. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Here, armed with a patience which nothing could fatigue, an iron resolution that nothing could subdue, he struggled and waited. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Twin souls are sure to come together at last, if they can only have patience to wait for the meeting. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Andrew Lang Whenever they met they repeated their grievances, and at length Houarn’s patience was exhausted, and one morning he came to Bellah and told her that he was going away to seek his fortune. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

What made you think he had got married?’ ‘I don’t think,’ Anne said, out of patience at this sober reception of her broadside. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

George Gissing His patience at length worn out, he again entered the avenue, half resolved to go up to the door. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Wilkie Collins Poulailler’s patience became exhausted; he tried twice to rid himself of his unhappy mistress—once by the knife and once by poison—and failed on both occasions. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Henry Kingsley One ct of folly following another so fast would exhaust the patience of Job. If one did not love him so well, one would not be so angry with him. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Henry James Well,” she gaily declared, “you’re having it!” He took it from her with momentary patience and then turned abruptly away. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle Nay, turn not pale! I have heard you preach patience and courage to your victims. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Henry James The corner was quiet and the day favourable to patience — a day of relaxed rigour and intense brilliancy. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Goldwin Smith How will it twist and twine itself about to get from under the Cross, which it is the glory of our Christian calling to be able to bear with patience and goodwill. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

But the Archbold’s patience was exhausted: a door opened nearly opposite, and there she stood yellow with jealousy and sombre as night with her ebon brows. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

But Bartley had learned to practise a patience with his victims which he did not always feel, and to feign an interest in their digressions till he could bring them up with a round turn. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Arthur Conan Doyle But my patience is nearing its end. The Parasite by Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Ford Madox Ford The lot of women was patience and patience and again patience — ad majorem Dei gloriam — until upon the appointed day, if God saw fit, she should have her reward. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Sir Walter Scott Accordingly the Marquis’s patience was at length rewarded. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

Write, indeed! I have no patience with a wheen sumphs of men! Them do the work o’ the world! They may wear the breeks, but the women wear the brains, I trow. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Robert Louis Stevenson AT last she comes, O never more In this dear patience of my pain To leave me lonely as before, Or leave my soul alone again. New Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins I struggled — quite vainly — to say only these words: “What are you talking about?” She seemed to lose all patience with me. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Henry Handel Richardson John listened, with a patience he would have shown no one else, his dark eyes, so like Mary’s own, yet so much older in worldly wisdom, turned intently on her. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

He waited with a quiet resolute patience which was a part of his nature. Milly Darrell by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1873]

It will carry you through the worldpatience and courage, two stupid qualities but valuable. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

He had set about it, too, with infinite patience and cunning. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Henry James If one should wait with the right patience one would find some happy work to one’s hand. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

We battled again, and Mahamed at last, out of patience himself, said, “Just look here, what a fix I am in,” showing me a hut full of ivory. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Thomas Hobbes Fourthly, and lastly, patience to hear, diligent attention in hearing, and memory to retain, digest, and apply what he hath heard. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Wilkie Collins Her patience with me was most exemplary. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Henry Kingsley Men with Charles Ravenshoe’s character, and power of patience and application superadded, turn out very brilliant characters for the most part. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Virginia Woolf She always went on the sea at Margate, not out o’ sight of land, but she had no patience with women who were afraid of water. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

George Gissing Richard was losing patience with the poor old woman, and suffered the more from his irritation because he would so gladly have behaved to her with filial kindness. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Walter Scott Still I own it is unmanly to submit with patience to this oppressive confinement. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

Robert Louis Stevenson To explain in words takes time and a just and patient hearing; and in the critical epochs of a close relation, patience and justice are not qualities on which we can rely. Truth of Intercourse by Robert Louis Stevenson

Guy de Maupassan When it was dark, she came thickly veiled, and after she had responded to his demonstrations of affection for some time, with more patience than amiableness, she began. A Fashionable Woman (Goldkind) by Guy de Maupassan

Mazzini writes, “He weaves and unweaves his web like Penelope, preaches by turns life and nothingness, and wearies out the patience of his readers by continually carrying them from heaven to hell. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

Wilkie Collins He sat anxiously supporting her with a patience that nothing could tire. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Anthony Trollope They had seen him enter the demesne, and were now waiting with the patience of poverty for his return. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins Poulailler’s patience became exhausted; he tried twice to rid himself of his unhappy mistress — once by the knife, and once by poison — and failed on both occasions. Memoirs of an Adopted Son by Wilkie Collins [1861]

Elizabeth Gaskell What wonder that every one shrank from me in dread — that my father drove me forth at length, when the disgrace of which I was the cause was past his patience to bear. The Poor Clare by Elizabeth Gaskell [1856]

Jane Austen Was there one of the family, excepting Edmund, who had not in some way or other continually exercised her patience and forbearance? Her affections were evidently strong. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Sir Walter Scott At length, however, the haughty lord, like a deer that turns to bay, gave intimation that his patience was failing. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Wilkie Collins I have no patience with the pride and perversity of the young women of the present day. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

But by patience and perseverance I at last got the boat’s head round and began to lessen the distance that separated us. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

The brute hadn’t patience enough to wait for the dinner. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

I had been so worried and restless running up and down that I had not had the patience to dress that day. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad [1910]

She had, as she said, no patience with some of his ideas. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Anthony Trollope With the utmost patience Gertrude endeavoured to soothe him, and to bring his mind into some temper in which it could employ itself. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Then, with such patience as I could command, I collected a quantity of fruit, and waylaid and killed two rabbits with my last three cartridges. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Wilkie Collins Was some new trial of my patience and my fortitude at hand? Half nervously, half irritably, I asked who was there. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

She loved him; secure of that one fact, he believed all the rest a mere question of patience and constancy. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

George Meredith And the word patience here means more than most men contain. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Thomas Paine The city of London, notwithstanding its numbers, submits to continued insults with the patience of a coward. Common Sense by Thomas Paine [1776]

Nathaniel Hawthorne It was too absurd! I have no patience with her. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Henry Kingsley What Charles, in his head-long folly and stupidity, had contrived to do before this time, must be told in another chapter — no, I have not patience to wait. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Anthony Trollope But she bore it well, seating herself, with her maid beside her, on one of the benches on the deck, and waiting there with patience till the boat should start. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

William Morris Nay, friend,” she said, as he handled his sword-hilt, “it must be patience and wisdom to bring us through, and not the fallow blade of one man, though he be a good one. The Wood Beyond the World by William Morris [1894]

Walter Scott At this new charge Richard’s patience began rather to give way, and he said, in a serious tone of voice, “Berengaria, the physician saved my life. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

Wilkie Collins Hitherto, Lady Malkinshaw had preserved her temper with the patience of an angel; but she began—and who can wonder?—to lose it, at last. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Wilkie Collins With Fritz’s temperament, it would have been simply impossible to induce him to remain in London, unless his patience was sustained in my absence by a practical concession of some kind. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

George Gissing By that time Mr. Athel’s patience had reached its limit; he requested to be told how matters stood. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

H.P. Lovecraft Have the goodness to wait six months, and I’ll shew you what will pay your patience well. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

We thought the hero something of a bore, with his patience and goodness; and as for the heroine, pursued by the attentions of the rich profligate, we doubted if she were any better than she should be. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Arthur Morrison At this old Jack’s patience gave out, and he punched his tenant on the ear. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

George Gissing Have patience with me, darling, a little longer. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Henry James Mrs. Lemon, as we have gathered, was the mildest of women; but, as an old New Yorker, she had no patience with some of the new fashions. Lady Barbarina by Henry James [1884]

George Gissing Shortly after, when her patience was yielding to fears—fears which, in truth, she had only masked with the show of explanation—a letter was brought in. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Sir Richard Burton In patience keep thy soul till clear thy lot, For He who ties the knot can eke untie. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Labour, intelligence, patience — much need for these; and much certainty of boredom and suffering and misery, but no longer the sick vigils and daily despair. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Rafael Sabatini It was a test at once of patience and of endurance. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

He had lived too much on the soil not to know the ruthless toil of hours and the ceaseless patience and purpose which the soil, ere it will consent to repay him anything, exacts from the husbandman. Signa by Ouida

Zona Gale Afterward Amory told him what had happened and what had made him abide in patience and such wondrous self-effacement. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Henry Fielding I must own I might have expected higher promotion; but I have learnt patience and resignation; and I would advise you to the same temper of mind; which if you can attain, I know you will find mercy. The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild The Great by Henry Fielding

As it was, he trained himself to the work with a patience that was never wearied. The Tragedy in the Palazzo Bardello by Amelia B. Edwards

Arthur Conan Doyle Mrs. Latour has had an anxious time since her husband, the Colonel, died, but has battled through it all with the uncomplaining patience of her race. The Tragedians by Arthur Conan Doyle

I had unfailing confidence in Juan’s patience and zeal. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

And then she waited, assuming, or so Jacques thought, an air at once of patience and of surprise which sharply angered him. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

James Joyce Vain patience to heap and hoard. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There is more to be—” The detective’s patience was at an end. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

He had scant patience with my moods, and secretly I too thought they were wicked. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Wilkie Collins Let me wait another hour, and, if that exertion of patience meets with no reward, I shall send a note to the hotel. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Arthur Schopenhauer Every hero is a Samson. The strong man succumbs to the intrigues of the weak and the many; and if in the end he loses all patience he crushes both them and himself. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

PLINY The manuscript was discoloured, obliterated, and mutilated beyond any that had ever before exercised the patience of a reader. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

The elder sister’s patience and good temper were alike wonderful, but still more wonderful was her faith. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

George Borrow Senor, I waited patiently for an hour, till at last my patience was exhausted, and I ascended to the supper apartment, and passed through the gallery till I came to the door of the strange guest. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Henry James He knew other people at Baden, and he went to see them and endeavored, by cultivating their society, to await in patience the re-appearance of Mrs. Vivian and her companions. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle He did not realize the strength of the tie that bound these two young people together, and imagined that with judgment and patience it might yet be snapped. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

H. Rider Haggard On the contrary, he appeared to her to grow increasingly preoccupied as time went on, and to look upon her more and more in the light of a sister, till at length her patience wore thin. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Miles Franklin His cruelty to the young cows and want of patience with them I can never forget. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Wilkie Collins I put up with it for some time — just as you are putting up with it now from Miss Rachel. At last my patience wore out. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Wilkie Collins If patience and perseverance on my part win their fair reward, Miss Eyrecourt shall never be his wife. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Elizabeth Gaskell She remembered her spirit, as shown at various times and places even more than the patience with which she had endured long and wearing cares. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Anthony Trollope Such was not the phase of character which I had expected to find among the people of the West. Of all virtues patience would have been the last which I should have thought of attributing to them. North America by Anthony Trollope

What I admired, and what I remember, was the combination of resource and cunning, of patience and precision, of head-work and handiwork, which made every over an artistic whole. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Elizabeth Gaskell She said, ‘Oh, my God, I thank Thee! Oh! I will be so good!’ I had no patience with her then, so I left the room. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

In the meantime would I possess my soul in patience and conserve all the strength of my lungs and power of endurance. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

The illness of Lady Santerre, preceding her death, had demanded all her time; and she nursed her with exemplary patience and kindness. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Jules Verne This was patience — patience that could stand any trial, and not only could hold out for hours and days, but for weeks. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Wilkie Collins Do you approve of it?” I cordially approved of it; and waited for the results with all the patience that I could command. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Jules Verne Therefore they waited with what patience they might. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

He had nursed him once at college through a tedious illness, unadorned on his side by Christian patience and fortitude. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

At last the patience of the bushranger gave way. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

George Gissing All his characteristics had turned out, as it were, the seamy side; and Nancy with difficulty preserved her patience as he showed point after point of perverted disposition. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Wilkie Collins I found it impossible to instruct the girls as usual; their stupidity soon reached the limit of my patience — suffocated me with rage. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Rafael Sabatini Thereafter he summoned what patience he could to help him through the time of waiting. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Their patience was exhausted by a life of fatigue and peril, to which there seemed to be no end. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Wilkie Collins I won’t stand it — I have the patience of Job — but I won’t stand it! My mind’s made up: I want to be an artist, and I will be an artist. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Miles Franklin Would I, could I ever think of him? He would have patience for ten years if necessary. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Henry James The case would obviously go against her, but the proceedings would last longer than Mona’s patience or Owen’s propriety. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

John Galsworthy Dinny, I want to say: Blast!” On her errand to Blore Dinny passed Jean talking to Michael, and wondered how anyone so vivid and brown had patience to stand about in this crowd. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

Kenneth Grahame With a great deal of patience and any quantity of coaching, you may — ” “O, pooh! boating!” interrupted the Toad, in great disgust. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Wilkie Collins His patience began to fail him, as the second hour moved on. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Tobias Smolle The old lady, who was by no means a pattern of patience and submission, retorted his reproaches with great emphasis and vivacity. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

E. Phillips Oppenheim He was not angry, and he had not a particle of fear, but his stock of patience was getting exhausted. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Arthur Morrison And the Camorra was not satisfied with single revenge; it destroyed the son after the father, and it waited for many years, with infinite patience and cunning. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Jules Verne Je m’élançais déjà vers la sombre galerie, quand le professeur m’arrêta, et lui, l’homme des emportements, il me conseilla la patience et le sang-froid. Voyage au Centre de la Terre by Jules Verne [1864]

Wilkie Collins This time my patience was rewarded by a discovery which indescribably irritated and distressed me. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Joseph Furphy I don’t want to be trying your patience after this fashion. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Arthur Conan Doyle Rise, then, and defend yourself!’ ‘Tut, tut!’ cried the Baron. ‘It is all very well for you young bloods —’ Duroc’s patience could stand no more. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

D. H. Lawrence Best be quiet, and bear one’s soul in patience and in fullness. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith There’s patience at any rate; only you must dig for it. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]