300 Waiting Quotes to Help You Cope With Life

If you feel impatient right now, then these top waiting quotes that we’ve gathered will give you more patience and enough strength to wait.

When you hear the word “waiting,” it sounds so tiring and a waste of time. Waiting for something you want can be so difficult and stressful.

But if you have a positive mindset, then waiting can also be fun and enjoyable.

This collection will give you power and energy when you feel impatient and antsy. You’ll realize that waiting doesn’t take forever, and there’s always something to learn while doing it.

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And don’t forget to check out these relaxing quotes and living in the moment quotes.

Best Waiting Quotes

1. “Waiting is the rust of the soul.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

2. “If pain must come, may it come quickly. Because I have a life to live, and I need to live it in the best way possible. If he has to make a choice, may he make it now. Then I will either wait for him or forget him.” – Paulo Coelho 

3. “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama

4. “Our willingness to wait reveals the value we place on the object we’re waiting for.” – Charles Stanley 

5. “Time and tide wait for no man.” – Geoffrey Chaucer 

6. “The habit of waiting is so deeply entrenched in our culture that many of us feel uncomfortable if we are not waiting for something. We feel vaguely lost. The present will always be insufficient if we are insufficiently present.” – Philip Shepherd

7. “Everything comes in time to him who knows how to wait.” – Leo Tolstoy

8. “Whatever we are waiting for—peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance—it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach

9. “It’s hard being left behind. It’s hard to be the one who stays.” – Audrey Niffenegger

10. “Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.” – Henry Van Dyke

11. “Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent.” – Billy Graham

12. “If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives, let’s go.” – Lemony Snicket

13. “We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell

14. “Waiting is still an occupation. It is having nothing to wait for that is terrible.” – Cesare pavese

Famous Waiting Quotes

15. “I truly believe that everything that we do and everyone that we meet is put in our path for a purpose. There are no accidents—we’re all teachers. If we’re willing to pay attention to the lessons we learn, trust our positive instincts and not be afraid to take risks or wait for some miracle to come knocking at our door.” – Marla Gibbs

16. “Patience is not simply the ability to wait—it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.” – Joyce Meyer

17. “If I die, I will wait for you, do you understand? No matter how long. I will watch from beyond to make sure you live every year you have to its fullest, and then we’ll have so much to talk about when I see you again.” – Jeaniene Frost

18. “The waiting itself is beneficial to us—it tries faith, exercises patience, trains submission, and endears the blessing when it comes.” – Charles Spurgeon

19. “Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen—yourself, right now, right down here on earth.” – Bradley Whitford

20. “All human wisdom is summed up in two words—wait and hope.” – Alexandre Dumas

21. “Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action, rather it is ‘timing’ it waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way.” – Fulton J. Sheen

22. “Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering.” – Paulo Coelho

23. “You usually have to wait for that which is worth waiting for.” – Craig Bruce

24. “‘For a while’ is a phrase whose length can’t be measured. At least by the person who’s waiting.” – Haruki Murakami

25. “Misfortune always comes to those who wait. The trick is to find happiness in the brief gaps between disasters.” – Christopher Paolini

26. “The greatest art is to sit, and wait, and let it come.” – Harbhajan Singh Yogi

27. “If you are waiting for anything in order to live and love without holding back, then you suffer. Every moment is the most important moment of your life. No future time is better than now to let down your guard and love.” – David Deida

28. “We are not born to wait. We are born to do.” – Dean Koontz

29. “It is strange that the years teach us patience—that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting.” – Elizabeth Taylor

Waiting Quotes to Motivate You

30. “I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.” – J. B. Priestley

31. “The wait is long, my dream of you does not end.” – Nuala O’Faolain

32. “Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.” – William S. Burroughs

33. “I’ve learned that waiting is the most difficult bit, and I want to get used to the feeling, knowing that you’re with me, even when you’re not by my side.” – Paulo Coelho

34. “Never keep long and be waiting. Waiters and quitters have just a slight difference but a common end.” – Israelmore Ayivor

35. “Waiting time is not wasting time. Waiting patiently in expectation is the foundation of the spiritual life.” – Henri Nouwen

36. “Most of us are waiting. We’re waiting for something interesting to happen. And I think we’re going to wait forever if we don’t do something more interesting with our lives.” – Donald Miller

37. “I’m single for a reason waiting on the right one to come along.” – Anonymous

38. “The fact that we wait for something is evidence that in some way we already possess it.” – Herbert Anderson

39. “Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.” – Earl Nightingale

40. “Don’t wait for your ship to come in—swim out to it.” – Jerry Smith

41. “Biblically, waiting is not just something we have to do until we get what we want. Waiting is part of the process of becoming what God wants us to be.” – John Ortberg

42. “The worst part of life is waiting. The best part of life is to have someone worth waiting for.” – Anonymous

43. “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln

44. “You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” – A. A. Milne

Beautiful Waiting Quotes

45. “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” – Sharon Begley

46. “A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow. Don’t wait for an inspired ending to come to mind. Work your way to the ending and see what comes up.” – Andy Weir

47. “There could have been no two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison.” – Jane Austen

48. “And sure enough even waiting will end, if you can just wait long enough.” – William Faulkner

49. “Never give up on something you really want. It’s difficult to wait, but more difficult to regret.” – Anonymous

50. “We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.” – Joseph Campbell

51. “But the important thing about learning to wait, I feel sure, is to know what you are waiting for.” – Anna Neagle

52. “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

53. “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.” – Red Adair

54. “Waiting hurts. Forgetting hurts. But not knowing which decision to take can sometimes be the most painful.” – José N. Harris

55. “How much of human life is lost in waiting.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

56. “Dreaming is happiness. Waiting is life.” – Victor Hugo

57. “There’s no such thing as failure—just waiting for success.” – John Osborne

58. “Unforgiveness is like drinking poison yourself and waiting for the other person to die.” – Marianne Williamson

59. “We’re like so many puppets hung on the wall, waiting for someone to come and move us or make us talk.” – Luigi Pirandello

Deep Waiting Quotes That Will Strike You Hard

60. “If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.” – Morris West

61. “Waiting turns men into bears in a barn and women into cats in a sack.” – Robert Jordan

62. “Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.” – Madam C. J. Walker

63. “If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing well. If it is worth having, it is worth waiting for. If it is worth attaining, it is worth fighting for. If it is worth experiencing, it is worth putting aside time for.” – Oscar Wilde

64. “Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

65. “As long as nothing happens between them, the memory is cursed with what hasn’t happened.” – Marguerite Duras 

66. “There are two kinds of people in one’s life—people whom one keeps waiting, and people for whom one waits.” – S.N Behrman

67. “Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.” – Alice Walker

68. “Men trust God by risking rejection. Women trust God by waiting.” – Carolyn McCulley

69. “Waiting was a sin against both the time that was still to come and the moments one was currently disregarding.” – Neil Gaiman

70. “Waiting is one of the great arts.” – Margery Allingham

71. “There are many persons ready to do what is right because in their hearts they know it is right. But they hesitate, waiting for the other fellow to make the first move—and he, in turn, waits for you.” – Marian Anderson

72. “The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” – Eden Phillpotts

73. “Waiting is our active response to the intrinsically ethical sociality of being.” – Joshua B. Davis

74. “Darkness comes. In the middle of it, the future looks blank. The temptation to quit is huge. Don’t. You are in good company. You will argue with yourself that there is no way forward. But with God, nothing is impossible. He has more ropes and ladders and tunnels out of pits than you can conceive. Wait. Pray without ceasing.” – Hope. John Piper

Interesting Waiting Quotes to Help You Become Calm

75. “Then I thought, boy, isn’t that just typical? You wait and wait and wait for something, and then when it happens, you feel sad.” – Sharon Creech

76. “Waiting is a trap. There will always be reasons to wait. The truth is, there are only two things in life, reasons and results, and reasons simply don’t count.” – Robert Anthony

77. “Our waiting is not nothing. It is something—a very big something—because people tend to be shaped by whatever it is they are waiting for.” – Barbara Brown Taylor

78. “Waiting is a period of learning. The longer we wait, the more we hear about him for whom we are waiting.” – Henri Nouwen

79. “I believe that a trusting attitude and a patient attitude go hand in hand. You see, when you let go and learn to trust God, it releases joy in your life. And when you trust God, you’re able to be more patient. Patience is not just about waiting for something—it’s about how you wait, or your attitude while waiting.” – Joyce Meyer

80. “We are all waiting for something. Waiting for the doctor, waiting for the phone call, waiting in traffic, waiting for the plane, waiting for the baby, waiting for spring. Waiting is an inevitable part of life and can certainly be frustrating and stressful. As Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers sang, waiting is the hardest part. However, it doesn’t have to be a time of misery.” – Michelle

81. “A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.” – Tom Stoppard

82. “For a long time, she held a special place in my heart. I kept this special place just for her, like a ‘reserved’ sign on a quiet corner table in a restaurant. Despite the fact that I was sure I’d never see her again.” – Haruki Murakami

83. “There is nothing to be gained by waiting for a better situation. You see where you are and you do what you can with that.” – Jacob K. Javits

84. “I believe there is another world waiting for us. A better world. And I’ll be waiting for you there.” – David Mitchell

85. “I was taught to think the next week or month or year will only get better than it is today. So I just keep waiting to see how great it will get!” – Stevie Ray Vaughan

86. “Life was always a matter of waiting for the right moment to act.” – Paulo Coelho

87. “All things come to him who waits, but they are mostly leftovers from those who didn’t wait.” – Evan Esar

88. “Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.” – Robert H. Schuller

89. “You don’t stumble upon your heritage. It’s there, just waiting to be explored and shared.” – Robbie Robertson

Powerful Waiting Quotes

90. “Don’t wait! Start on your dreams, your impulses, your longings, your special occasions today. Because this is your moment.” – Mary Anne Radmache

91. “Waiting for perfect is never as smart as making progress.” – Seth Godin

92. “On the plains of hesitation bleach the bones of countless millions who, at the dawn of decision, sat down to wait, and waiting died.” – George W. Cecil

93. “Still round the corner there may wait, a new road or a secret gate.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

94. “We never live—we are always in the expectation of living.” – Voltaire

95. “Our spiritual life is a life in which we wait, actively present to the moment, expecting that new things will happen to us, new things that are far beyond our own imagination or prediction. This, indeed, is a very radical stance toward life in a world preoccupied with control.” – Henri Nouwen

96. “If you wait to do everything until you’re sure it’s right, you’ll probably never do much of anything.” – Win Borden

97. “Waiting and hoping are the whole of life, and as soon as a dream is realized it is destroyed.” – Gian Carlo Menotti

98. “When you’ve seen beyond yourself, then you may find peace of mind is waiting there.” – George Harrison

99. “The inaction of waiting is charged with significance.” – Alan Blum

100. “You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.” – Franz Kafka

101. “Sometimes one does wonder if one lives quietly from choice or if in reality one is merely waiting for something that may never come.” – Mary Balogh

102. “Again and again, the impossible problem is solved when we see that the problem is only a tough decision waiting to be made.” – Robert H. Schuller

103. “I want to do things—scuba diving, skydiving, seeing the world. I’m an avid supporter of living life to its fullest and not always waiting for tomorrow.” – Teri Polo

104. “The opposite of talking isn’t listening. The opposite of talking is waiting.” – Fran Lebowitz

Quotes About Waiting for the Right Time

105. “Do not wait—the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” – George Herbert

106. “There is an army of waiters in this world.” – Henry Ward Beecher

107. “You can’t just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream. You’ve got to get out there and make it happen for yourself.” – Diana Ross

108. “After you find out all the things that can go wrong, your life becomes less about living and more about waiting.” – Chuck Palahniuk

109. “I can imagine few things more trying to the patience than the long wasted days of waiting.” – Robert Falcon Scott

110. “I am ready any time. Do not keep me waiting.” – John Mason Brown

111. “Time was a funny and fickle thing. Sometimes there was never enough of it, and other times it stretched out endlessly.” – J. Lynn

112. “If we’re going to wait for that special moment anyway, we might as well enjoy it.” – Anna Lind Thomas

113. “If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.” – Oscar Wilde

114. “I want to reach out and grab his hand and hold it to me, right over my heart, right where it aches the most. I don’t know if doing that would heal me or make my heart break entirely, but either way this constant hunger waiting would be over.” – Ally Condie

115. “Waiting is not mere empty hope. It has the inner certainty of reaching the goal.” – I Ching

116. “My whole life is waiting for the questions to which I have prepared answers.” – Tom Stoppard

117. “But if we learn to think of it as anticipation, as learning, as growing, if we think of the time we spend waiting for the big things of life as an opportunity instead of a passing of time, what wonderful horizons open out!” – Anna Neagle

118. “Every bad situation is a blues song waiting to happen.” – Amy Winehouse

119. “So much of control is not authoritative action but mindful waiting.” – Cameron Conaway

Quotes on Waiting for Love

120. “I can have patience for anything, but it’s waiting for love, that kills me a little each day.” – Anthony Liccione

121. “A spirit of restlessness and resistance can never wait, but one who believes he is loved with an everlasting love, and knows that underneath are the everlasting arms, will find strength and peace.” – Elisabeth Elliot

122. “Time neither flies nor sleeps. It is flexible, plastic, ever changing. Spend two hours watching a movie curled up with your lover and time ceases to exist. Spend two hours waiting for your lover to come and time is the iron bars of a prison.” – ChloeThurlow

123. “I think that love is stronger than habits or circumstances. I think it is possible to keep yourself for someone for a long time, and still remember why you were waiting when she comes at last.” – Peter S. Beagle

124. “Just do what you love. That’s all I want to do.” – Gene Wilder

125. “Falling in love is the best way to kill your heart because then it’s not yours anymore. It’s laid in a coffin, waiting to be cremated.” – Ville Valo

126. “New Year’s Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach

127. “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London

128. “I was standing there, waiting for someone to do something, till I realised the person I was waiting for was myself.” – Markus Zusak

129. “Waiting for someone is a terrible time, and feeling that we cannot describe in words.” – Ehsan Sehgal

130. “Knowing someone isn’t coming back doesn’t mean you ever stop waiting.” – Toby Barlow

131. “There was a time when men thought it was sexy to have a housewife waiting for him to come home from work in her slippers, but in modern society, I think an independent woman is even more sexy.” – Kat Graham

132. “Waiting. Simply one person doing nothing, over time, while another approached.” – Ian McEwan

133. “I did the searching and remembering, she did the disappearing and the forgetting.” – Ann Brashares

134. “Waiting for you is like waiting for rain in this drought. Useless and disappointing.” – Hilary Duff 

Quotes About Waiting for Opportunities

135. “Before the first before and after the last after, there is night waiting.” – Dejan Stojanovic

136. “A young man without ambition is an old man waiting to be.” – Steven Brust

137. “So how do you wait? You just do, because waiting is an innate skill. You cannot learn to wait. You cannot use a method to wait. You cannot practice waiting. All trying to wait is not waiting. Trying to wait is failing to wait.” – Kevin Everett Fitzmaurice

138. “Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities—strong men make them.” – Orison Swett Marden

139. “The best things in life are often waiting for you at the exit ramp of your comfort zone.” – Karen Salmansohn

140. “If you wait, you grow old, nothing more.” – Walter Bargen

141. “Time goes on. So whatever you’re going to do, do it. Do it now. Don’t wait.” – Robert De Niro

142. “We decide on something, leave it lying around, and wait and see what happens. If no one kicks up a fuss, because most people don’t understand what has been decided, we continue step by step until there is no turning back.” – Jean-Claude Juncker

143. “Whatever you are waiting for won’t come to you—you have to go for it.” – Israelmore Ayivor

144. “When you wash your hands, when you make a cup of coffee, when you’re waiting for the elevator—instead of indulging in thinking, these are all opportunities for being there as a still, alert presence.” – Eckhart Tolle

145. “You cannot afford to wait for perfect conditions. Goal setting is often a matter of balancing timing against available resources. Opportunities are easily lost while waiting for perfect conditions.” – Gary Ryan Blair

146. “Sitting on my butt waiting on opportunities won’t do me any good.” – Amber Liu

147. “Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.” – William Arthur Ward

148. “The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

149. “Don’t wait for the perfect time to start making changes to your life—the time is now.” – Chris Gardner

Waiting Quotes to Give You More Patience

150. “Patience isn’t simply waiting, it is caring enough about the situation and those involved to remain calm and courteous throughout the wait.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

151. “Patience, he thought. So much of this was patience—waiting, and thinking and doing things right. So much of all this, so much of all living was patience and thinking.” – Gary Paulsen

152. “Having patience is one of the hardest things about being human. We want to do it now, and we don’t want to wait. Sometimes we miss out on our blessing when we rush things and do it on our own time.” – Deontay Wilder

153. “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

154. “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.” – Terry Pratchett

155. “When our waiting is intentional, when it signifies surrender to a better plan, a better timeline, a higher calling, then we are waiting with purpose.” – Mark and Jill Herringshaw

156. “Waiting is not wasting. It is a strategy for champing for greater things.” – Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

157. “People are stubborn about what they perceive to be the right thing or the wrong thing, and it takes a long time to filter this human condition. There’s a waiting period until people catch up. But if you have patience—which it takes when someone thinks differently from you—everybody always catches up.” – Johnny Mathis

158. “It’s hard to wait around for something you know might never happen, but it’s even harder to give up when you think it’s everything you want.” – Anonymous

159. “Waiting is a means of acquiring patience.” – Adrian Thatcher

160. “Many things we need can wait. The child cannot. Now is the time his bones are formed, his mind developed. To him we cannot say tomorrow, his name is today.” – Gabriela Mistral

161. “That patience is a wonderful virtue.” – Johnny Mathis

162. “I’m a comeback waiting to happen. No one deserves it more than I do.” – Sean Young

163. “Of course, we spend so much of our time waiting, and we don’t even notice that we’re doing it. Life, the way so many of us live it, is waiting. Waiting to finally meet the right person, waiting to finally get married, have kids, buy a house.” – Eliza Brooke and Chantal Fernandz

164. “Patience is something that, as a young man, I didn’t have—when waiting for parts to arrive or waiting for people to behave as I wanted them to.” – Cillian Murphy

Quotes About How Waiting Can Be Enjoyable Too

165. “Maybe you think you’ll be entitled to more happiness later by forgoing all of it now, but it doesn’t work that way. Happiness takes as much practice as unhappiness does. It’s by living that you live more. By waiting you wait more. Every waiting day makes your life a little less. Every lonely day makes you a little smaller. Every day you put off your life makes you less capable of living it.” – Ann Brashares

166. “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” – Rogers Hornsby

167. “I have noticed that the people who are late are often so much jollier than the people who have to wait for them.” – E. V. Lucas

168. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

169. “Everybody is waiting for cooler weather—and I am just waiting for you.” – Suze Rotolo

170. “What if the waiting was the good stuff that lead to the piece of pie. But once we eat the pie, we realize maybe it wasn’t as good as we thought. Maybe it was the laughing while mixing the dough, the taste testing of the cherries, the checking of the oven, the wonder in the science of baking that was actually the real prize. Pie for thought, anyway.” – Anna Lind Thomas

171. “I like Aurora, ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ because she’s just sleeping and looking pretty and waiting for boys to come kiss her. Sounds like a good life—lots of naps and cute boys fighting dragons to come kiss you.” – Ariana Grande

172. “So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don’t sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we’ve satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.” – Lee Iacocca

173. “There’s two times of year for me—football season, and waiting for football season.” – Darius Rucker

174. “Standing on a street corner waiting for no one is power.” – Gregory Corso

175. “I am confident that, in the end, common sense and justice will prevail. I’m an optimist, brought up on the belief that if you wait to the end of the story, you get to see the good people live happily ever after.” – Cat Stevens

176. “Now we play the waiting game. Ah, the waiting game sucks. Let’s play hungry hungry hippos!” – Homer Simpson

177. “There’s all these people waiting, like waiting for something is enough to make it happen. That’s the future, having something to wait for. I’m glad I don’t have a future then. I hate waiting.” – Bernard Beckett

178. “Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.” – Jules Renard

179. “It’s not difficult to take care of a child—it’s difficult to do anything else while taking care of a child. Trying to clean up the kitchen after you’ve had a baby is a nightmare because you have to wait for the baby to be asleep, you’re exhausted, and you really don’t want to clean up the kitchen now.” – Julianne Moore

Waiting Quotes That Will Give You Hope

180. “Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work—you don’t give up.” – Anne Lamott

181. “I have always, essentially, been waiting. Waiting to become something else, waiting to be that person I always thought I was on the verge of becoming, waiting for that life I thought I would have.” – Shauna Niequist

182. “Never give up on someone. Sometimes, the answers you are looking for are the same answers another person is looking for. Two people searching together are always better than one person alone.” – Shannon L. Alder

183. “Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot, but make it hot by striking.” – William Butler Yeats

184. “Waiting is a form of passive persistence.” – Ogwo David Emenike

185. “Still achieving, still pursuing. Learn to labor and to wait.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

186. ”I couldn’t wait for success, so I went ahead without it.” – Jonathan Winters

187. “Even a snail will eventually reach its destination.” – Gail Tsukiyama

188. “Maybe life isn’t about accomplishing the dream, the goal or the vision. Maybe life is really about the choices we make right now, while we’re in the waiting.” – Anna Lind Thomas

189. “I’m hungry for a juicy life. I lean out my window at night and I can taste it out there, just waiting for me.” – Brigid Lowry

190. “The way to catch a knuckleball is to wait until it stops rolling and then pick it up.” – Bob Uecker

191. “You have to get up and plant the seed and see if it grows, but you can’t just wait around, you have to water it and take care of it.” – Bootsy Collins

192. “Everyone can perform magic, everyone can reach his goals, if he is able to think, if he is able to wait, if he is able to fast.” – Hermann Hesse

193. “You don’t need to grow up to find greatness. You are so much stronger than the world has ever believed you could be. The world is waiting for you to set it on fire. Trust in yourself and burn.” – Clementine von Radics

194. “I’m always hopeful. I feel like I’m at the prom sitting against the wall waiting for someone to ask me to dance.” – Sarah Dessen

Waiting Quotes Filled With Life Lessons

195. “Hold up a mirror and ask yourself what you are capable of doing, and what you really care about. Then take the initiative—don’t wait for someone else to ask you to act.” – Sylvia Earle

196. “There had been nothing worse than waiting for it to come—the void that followed was easier to bear than the solid weight of those days.” – Jhumpa Lahiri

197. “Maturity includes the recognition that no one is going to see anything in us that we don’t see in ourselves. Stop waiting for a producer. Produce yourself.” – Marianne Williamson

198. “Nothing’s going to come to you by sitting around and waiting for it.” – Zoe Kazan

199. “Waiting is normal. Expect it.” – Pavel Somov

200. “Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

201. “If you are the kind of person who is waiting for the ‘right’ thing to happen, you might wait for a long time. It’s like waiting for all the traffic lights to be green for five miles before starting the trip.” – Robert Kiyosaki

202. “You can try to make the right decision all the time, but it’s better to just make a decision. I have done wrong so many times, but 9 times out of 10, I have learned from my failure. Don’t wait for something—just go for it.” – Bobby Bones

203. “Don’t wait to be hunted to hide, that was always my motto.” – Samuel Beckett

204. “Most decisions are not binary, and there are usually better answers waiting to be found if you do the analysis and involve the right people.” – Jamie Dimon

205. “At the end of the day, stories connect us, not politics. And there’s so many stories out there waiting to be told. It’s just a matter of who’s out there listening.” – Jose Antonio Vargas

206. “I have learned the hard way to mind my business, without judging who people are and what they do. I am more troubled by the lack of space being provided for the truth to unfold. Humans cannot seem to wait for or honor the truth. Instead, we make it up based on who we believe people should or should not be.” – Iyanla Vanzant

207. “Don’t worry about the title. Worry about what you’ve got to do today, tomorrow, the next day, and that title will be waiting for you.” – Anthony Joshua

208. “Amateurs wait for inspiration. The real pros get up and go to work.” – Harvey Mackay

209. “Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.” – Regina Brett

Quotes About Having Faith While Waiting

210. “You are not just waiting in vain. There is a purpose behind every delay.” – Mandy Hale

211. “I do know that waiting on God requires the willingness to bear uncertainty, to carry within oneself the unanswered question, lifting the heart to God about it whenever it intrudes upon one’s thoughts. It’s easy to talk oneself into a decision that has no permanence—easier sometimes than to wait patiently.” – Elisabeth Elliot

212. “Fear is the glue that keeps you stuck. Faith is the solvent that sets you free.” – Shannon L. Alder

213. “‘Wait on the Lord’ is a constant refrain in the Psalms, and it is a necessary word, for God often keeps us waiting. He is not in such a hurry as we are, and it is not his way to give more light on the future than we need for action in the present, or to guide us more than one step at a time. When in doubt, do nothing, but continue to wait on God. When action is needed, light will come.” – J.I. Packer

214. “But everyone’s waiting. I hear that answers appear when you just stand still, but make it all, how do you make it all stop. When everyone’s waiting? Everyone’s waiting.” – Missy Higgins 

215. “One of the greatest strains in life is the strain of waiting for God.” – Oswald Chambers

216. “Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving source—a sower of dreams—just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach

217. “The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach—waiting for a gift from the sea.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

218. “The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” – Melody Beattie

219. “As human beings, we are all flawed. And just like there is a good side, there is also a bad side waiting to find its way out.” – Randeep Hooda

220. “The idea that a war can be won by standing on the defensive and waiting for the enemy to attack is a dangerous fallacy, which owes its inception to the desire to evade the price of victory.” – Douglas Haig

221. “You are young, gifted, and Black. We must begin to tell our young, ‘There’s a world waiting for you, yours is the quest that’s just begun.’” – James Weldon Johnson

222. “I think I’ve always been waiting for things to happen.” – Robin Wright

223. “I’ve been waiting for Prince Charming like every other little girl.” – Shelly Burch

224. “Waiting for the spark from heaven to fall.” – Matthew Arnold

Waiting Quotes You Don’t Wanna Miss

225. “Waiting is the great vocation of the dispossessed.” – Mary Gordon

226. “I don’t consider myself a pessimist. I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain. And I feel soaked to the skin.” – Leonard Cohen

227. “Money begets money. If you don’t have that, you wait around to be hired by somebody at the mercy of others. If you have that money in your hand, you desperately try to make the best use of it and move ahead. And that’s generating income for yourself. Muhammad Yunus

Mars is there, waiting to be reached.” – Buzz Aldrin

228. “Sitting and waiting is one of the most miserable occupations known to man—not that it usually is known to men—women do it much more often.” – Diana Gabaldon

229. “There is a difference between listening and waiting for your turn to speak.” – Simon Sinek

230. “My plea is that don’t wait for a girl to become a woman to empower them. Empower a girl’s life by giving sanitary pads to them. With pads, we give them wings.” – Arunachalam Muruganantham

231. “The pain of waiting is a dull, numb one.” – Eliza Brooke and Chantal Fernandez

232. “There are no true friends in politics. We are all sharks circling, and waiting for traces of blood to appear in the water.” – Alan Clark

233. “With luck, you have other things to do than wait for lightning to strike.” – Paul Lauterbur

234. “In boxing, I had a lot of fear. Fear was good. But, for the first time, in the bout with Muhammad Ali, I didn’t have any fear. I thought, ‘This is easy. This is what I’ve been waiting for.’ No fear at all. No nervousness. And I lost.” – George Foreman

235. “He tried to tell me week after week to accept things as they were and move on with my life. But if there was one man who had put his life on hold to wait for something or someone, it was him.” – Cecelia Ahern

236. “When you spend a lot of time, like I do, just standing around and waiting, or being moved from place to place, every minute gets consumed by something someone else has set up for you. And it’s not like I’m always in a beautiful place wearing something gorgeous.” – Scarlett Johansson

237. “I keep waiting to meet a man who has more balls than I do.” – Salma Hayek

238. “Man who waits for a roast duck to fly into mouth must wait a very, very long time.” – Jules Renard

239. “What we are waiting for is not as important as what happens to us while we are waiting. Trust the process.” – Mandy Hale

Memorable Waiting Quotes

240. “The Internet is the most important single development in the history of human communication since the invention of call waiting.” – Dave Barry

241. “He has served countless kings, faked countless deaths, bided his time, waiting for you.” – Leigh Bardugo

242. “Memories keep us stay alive as they gently cuddle us along the squirming roads of our lives and even warn us sometimes of insidious pitfalls.” – Erik Pevernagie

243. “When you’re getting ready to launch into space, you’re sitting on a big explosion waiting to happen.” – Sally Ride

244. “I worked at a movie theater in Tempe, Arizona, when I went to community college there. And I got fired because a sorority had rented out a theater to watch ‘Titanic,’ and they were being really rude to me while they were waiting for the movie. So as I tore their tickets, I told them the end of the movie.” – Bill Hader

245. “The great thing about youtube is there are no gatekeepers. No one is waiting to tell you if you’re good enough. It’s just your audience.” – Lindsey Stirling

246. “Your heart is full of fertile seeds, waiting to sprout.” – Morihei Ueshiba

247. “We’re waiting for the pendulum to swing back again, which I am absolutely confident it will.” – Don Bluth

248. “I actually gained a lot of weight when I started to do ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ Doing eight theater shows a week, girl, is such a workout. But with TV, you’re, like, sitting in your trailer waiting to go to the set. And there’s catering and craft service every place you look.” – Sara Ramirez

249. “There was a council house waiting for me when I had Ryan, there was a welfare state. I never put into the system before I took out, I was on income support before I’d even paid a penny of tax.” – Angela Rayner

250. “I keep waiting, like in the cartoons, for an anvil to drop on my head.” – Angie Harmon

251. “On climate change, we often don’t fully appreciate that it is a problem. We think it is a problem waiting to happen.” – Kofi Annan

252. “We shall never have more time. We have, and always had, all the time there is. No object is served in waiting until next week or even until tomorrow. Keep going—concentrate on something useful.” – Arnold Bennett

253. “Homosexuality in Russia is a crime and the punishment is seven years in prison, locked up with the other men. There is a three year waiting list.” – Yakov Smirnoff

254. “In English, my name means hope. In Spanish, it means too many letters. It means sadness. It means waiting. It is like the number nine, a muddy color.” – Sandra Cisneros

Waiting Quotes on Truth, Reality, and Experience

255. “I can’t walk around like I used to, and there’s always paparazzi waiting outside the studio.” – Rosalia

256. “I’m just waiting for people to start asking me to make the rain disappear.” – David Copperfield

257. “Without the Fender bass, there’d be no rock n’ roll or no Motown. The electric guitar had been waiting ’round since 1939 for a nice partner to come along. It became an electric rhythm section, and that changed everything.” – Quincy Jones

258. “I cry very easily. It can be a movie, a phone conversation, a sunset—tears are words waiting to be written.” – Paulo Coelho

259. “My observation is that women are merely waiting for their husbands to assume leadership.” – James Dobson

260. “I feel like I’m the luckiest person alive. I’m always waiting for that phone call, ‘Hello. We’ve just realized you’re really a no—talent hillbilly. We’ve made a horrible mistake and we’d like you to leave now.’” – Lance Burton

261. “If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?” – Stephen Levine

262. “Those who stand at the threshold of life always waiting for the right time to change are like the man who stands at the bank of a river waiting for the water to pass so he can cross on dry land.” – Joseph B. Wirthlin

263. “In business, you’re the Chief Salesman. Create a sense of demand, rather than waiting to have demand.” – Barbara Corcoran

264. “This conflict is one thing I’ve been waiting for. I’m well and strong and young—young enough to go to the front. If I can’t be a soldier, I’ll help soldiers.” – Clara Barton

265. “Success is a terrible thing and a wonderful thing. If you can enjoy it, it’s wonderful. If it starts eating away at you, and they’re waiting for more from me, or what can I do to top this, then you’re in trouble. I’m one of the great unemployed looking for the next job. I’m waiting for the right offer. Like anyone, I want something that turns me on inside.” – Francesca Annis

266. “Buying a particular vintage because everyone tips it and then waiting for it to mature is like gambling. The thrill is in placing the bet. Once the race is run or the match is played, you’ll either win or lose. Until that happens, you’re caught in this wonderful, agonising sense of expectation.” – Kenneth Cranham

267. “If your access to health care involves your leaving work and driving somewhere and parking and waiting for a long time, that’s not going to promote healthiness.” – Larry Page

268. “We all have the extraordinary coded within us, waiting to be released.” – Jean Houston

269. “Waiting makes me restless. When I’m ready, I’m ready.” – Reba McEntire

Waiting Quotes to Bring Out Positivity

270. “This is how a revolution begins. It begins when someone grows tired of standing idly by, waiting for history’s arc to bend toward justice, and instead decides to give it a swift shove. It begins when a black seamstress named Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a bus to a white man in the segregated South.” – Jo Becker

271. “You don’t waste your entire life waiting to go back to dust.” – Reba McEntire

272. “Life is difficult, and if you sit around waiting for fun to show up, you’ll find yourself going without it more often than not.” – Jill Biden

273. “If you’re waiting for the perfect moment, you’ll never write a thing because it will never arrive. I have no routine. I have no foolproof anything. There’s nothing foolproof.” – Margaret Atwood

274. “The world is full of genies waiting to grant your wishes.” – Percy Ross

275. “Do your job. Do it the best you can. Do it right, because somebody, sometimes your best friend, is waiting for you to screw up so she can take your place.” – Abby Lee Miller

276. “I kept thinking I was always going to meet the right man, but I never did. Kept waiting for this knight in shining armour. ‘When’s he coming? He’s taking a long time, isn’t he?’” – Samantha Fox

277. “To empower women, power must be given to them, presumably by an entity that already has it. And that entity is the patriarchy. This also implies that women must be on the receiving end, waiting—politely—to be empowered. Very victorian—era courtship, isn’t it?” – Sallie Krawcheck

278. “Seek that which within lies waiting to begin the fight of your life that is everyday.” – Ian Anderson

279. “There’s a very curious and—and almost sadistic lust for blood that overcomes the concert listener, and there’s a waiting for it to happen—a waiting for the horn to fluff—a waiting for the strings to become ragged—a waiting for the conductor to forget the subdivide, you know? And it’s dreadful!” – Glenn Gould

280. “The single biggest advantage a value investor has is not IQ. It’s patience and waiting. Waiting for the right pitch, and waiting for many years for the right pitch.” – Mohnish Pabrai

281. “A hero is one who knows how to hang on one minute longer.” – Novalis

282. “There are heroisms all around us waiting to be done.” – Arthur Conan Doyle

283. “Most of us need time to work through pain and loss. We can find all manner of reasons for postponing forgiveness. One of these reasons is waiting for the wrongdoers to repent before we forgive them. Yet such a delay causes us to forfeit the peace and happiness that could be ours.” – James E. Faust

284. “The biggest part of painting perhaps is faith, and waiting receptively, content to go any way, not planning or forcing. The fear, though, is laziness. It is so easy to drift and finally be tossed up on the beach, derelict.” – Emily Carr

More Waiting Quotes and Sayings You’ll Learn From

285. “I hate sitting around and waiting—that’s why I always have an editing suite on set.” – Til Schweiger

286. “I always assume that a chick is not into me. So it’s never natural for me to be like, ‘Check out that girl in the corner. She’s waiting for me to come up to her.” – Dylan O’Brien

287. “I had the pleasure of working for Hart Hanson as the writers’ assistant on the Fox show ‘Bones.’ He was always willing to take five minutes in the kitchen and answer questions I had about writing and the business. Looking back now, I realize he might have just been politely waiting for the coffee to brew.” – Anders Holm

288. “Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.” – Don Marquis

289. “If I became a philosopher, if I have so keenly sought this fame for which I’m still waiting, it’s all been to seduce women basically.” – Jean-Paul Sartre

290. “Waiting is hard. We wait in grocery lines, in traffic, in the doctor’s office. We twiddle our thumbs, stifle our yawns, and fret inwardly in frustration. On another level, we wait for a letter that doesn’t come, for a prodigal child to return, or for a spouse to change. We wait for a child we can hold in our arms. We wait for our heart’s desire.” – Anonymous

291. “I have the cliche ‘struggling actor’ story. I was waiting tables in New York, went out to L.A. soon after graduation to get some jobs, but it didn’t work out. I wanted to cut my teeth in professional theater, so I came back to New York. It made my journey a longer one, but I really wanted to excel in the theater.” – Pedro Pascal

292. “Death has to be waiting at the end of the ride before you truly see the earth, and feel your heart, and love the world.” – Jean Anouilh

293. “Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.” – Don Marquis

294. “Love will fan the flame, and that flame will warm the heart that’s waiting.” – Michael W. Smith

295. “Your greatest creation is your creative life. It’s all in your hands. Rejection can’t take it away—reviews can’t take it away. The life you create for yourself as an artist, may be the only thing that’s really yours. Create a life you can center yourself in calmly as you wait for your work to grow.” – Sara Zarr

296. “Don’t waste time waiting for inspiration. Begin, and inspiration will find you.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

297. “Why doesn’t the past decently bury itself, instead of sitting waiting to be admired by the present?” – D. H. Lawrence

298. “I find waiting unbearable because it makes me passive and negates me. I hate being nothing.” – Kathy Acker

299. “I grew up with six brothers. That’s how I learned to dance—waiting for the bathroom.” – Bob Hope

300. “I’m tired of playing people who are complete washouts and bums. I don’t mind waiting for the good ones to come along. It’s like age. It’s never bothered me. I’ve even forgotten my birthday. Many times I’ve wondered if I should tell my real age, but now I think it’s an honor, to be doing what I’m doing now at my age.” – Harry Dean Stanton

Which of These Waiting Quotes Inspired You to Have More Patience?

Are you waiting for someone or something? Whether it’s waiting for your loved ones or waiting for your success to come, waiting is not easy. It will make you feel impatient and sometimes give you anxiety.

If you look at the bright side, waiting gives you hope that something good will come. Just be positive and have patience, and everything that’s meant to be will come your way.

Waiting is good for you because it will make your priorities and future goals become clear. But don’t just wait, you need to make a move.

Whatever it is you’re waiting for, you also need to take action. You need to understand yourself and change your mindset that if you want to have something you need to wait, because really, the only way to get what we want is to move towards it.

Are you tired of waiting? Which of these waiting quotes gave you more patience? Don’t forget to leave them in the comment section below


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