quotations about waiting
We're like so many puppets hung on the wall, waiting for someone to come and move us or make us talk.
LUIGI PIRANDELLO, Henry IV
Misfortune always comes to those who wait. The trick is to find happiness in the brief gaps between disasters.
CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI, Brisingr
I had tended to view waiting as mere passivity. When I looked it up in my dictionary however, I found that the words passive and passion come from the same Latin root, pati, which means "to endure." Waiting is thus both passive and passionate. It's a vibrant, contemplative work. It means descending into self, into God, into the deeper labyrinths of prayer. It involves listening to disinherited voices within, facing the wounded holes in the soul, the denied and undiscovered, the places one lives falsely. It means struggling with the vision of who we really are in God and molding the courage to live that vision.
SUE MONK KIDD, When the Heart Waits
Waiting is the rust of the soul.
CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON, The Shadow of the Wind
Waiting is still an occupation. It is having nothing to wait for that is terrible.
CESARE PAVESE, This Business of Living, September 15, 1946
Waiting is such a pervasive phenomenon in social life that it can be seen, and indeed has been seen, as almost synonymous to social being. Pascal sees the very small moments in which we are waiting "for this or that" as an indication that our life is worth living. Waiting indicates that we are engaged in, and have expectations from, life; that we are on the lookout for what life is going to throw our way.
GHASSAN HAGE, Waiting
Waiting is a means of acquiring patience.
ADRIAN THATCHER, God, Sex, and Gender: An Introduction
The fact that we wait for something is evidence that in some way we already possess it.
HERBERT ANDERSON, Living Alone
Now we play the waiting game. [long pause] Ah, the waiting game sucks. Let's play Hungry Hungry Hippos!
HOMER SIMPSON, "Mr. Plow", The Simpsons
The waiting time, my brothers,
Is the hardest time of all.
SARAH DOUDNEY, The Hardest Time of All
Waiting [is] the great vocation of the dispossessed.
MARY GORDON, New York Times, November 3, 1985
We are not born to wait. We are born to do.
DEAN KOONTZ, Your Heart Belongs to Me
When you are waiting for a train, don't keep perpetually looking to see if it is coming. The time of its arrival is the business of the conductor, not yours. It will not come any sooner for all your nervous glances and your impatient pacing, and you will save strength if you will keep quiet. After we discover that the people who sit still on a long railroad journey reach that journey's end at precisely the same time as those who "fuss" continually, we have a valuable piece of information which we should not fail to put to practical use.
ANNA C. BRACKETT, The Technique of Rest
Waiting was a sin against both the time that was still to come and the moments one was currently disregarding.
NEIL GAIMAN, Neverwhere
If you wait, you grow old, nothing more.
WALTER BARGEN, "Map to the Party"
There is an army of waiters in this world.
HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit
Delay is a bitter tonic, but it increases appetite.
AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought
If something takes too long, something happens to you. You become all and only the thing you want and nothing else, for you have paid too much for it, too much in wanting and too much in waiting and too much in getting.
ROBERT PENN WARREN, All the King's Men
He who knows how to wait for what he desires does not feel very desperate if he fails in obtaining it; and he, on the contrary, who is very impatient in procuring a certain thing, takes so much pains about it, that, even when he is successful, he does not think himself sufficiently rewarded.
JEAN DE LA BRUYÈRE, "Of the Affections", Les Caractères
All things come to him who waits, but they are mostly leftovers from those who didn't wait.
EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes