As if you would call a physician, that is thought good for the cure of the
disease you complain of but is Bacon unacquainted with your body, and
therefore may put you in the way for a present cure but
overthroweth your health in some other kind; and so cure
the disease and kill the patient. Francis,Viscount St Albans Bacon
Essays, no.27,'Of Friendship'.
Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in
spirit is better than the proud in spirit. Bible (Old Testament) Ecclesiastes 7:8.
If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then
must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant,
sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality,
apttoteach; Not giventowine, nostriker, not greedy of filthy
lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous. Bible (NewTestament) Timothy 3:1^3.
Beware the fury of a patient man. John Dryden Absalom and Achitophel, pt.1, l.1005.
Let us go then, you and I, When the evening is
spread out against the sky Like a patient
etherized upon a table. T(homas) S(tearns) Eliot 'The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock' (first
published in Poetry magazine,
collected in Prufrock and Other Observations, 1917), opening
You cannot face it steadily, but this thing is sure,
That time is no
healer: the patient is no longer here. T(homas) S(tearns) Eliot Four Quartets,'The Dry Salvages', pt.3.
I have long held the notion that if a vet can't
catch his patient there's
nothing much to worry about. James pseudonym of James Alfred Wight Herriot Vet in Harness.
It's like saying that the patient died but the good news is that he's eating
less. Andrew,Jr Jacobs Of the Reagan administration's claim to have
reduced inflation. In the Washington
Post, 6 Jun.
Sorrow and silence are strong, and patient endurance is godlike. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Evangeline, pt.2, section1.
The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall; Their flowers the
tenderness of patient minds, And each slow dusk a
drawing-down of blinds. Wilfred Owen 'Anthem for Doomed Youth'.
My soul; sit thou a patient looker-on; Judge not the play
before the play is done: Her plot hath many
changes, every day Speaks a new scene;
the last act crowns the play. Francis Quarles Epigram, Respice Finem.
The most patient people grow wearyat last with being continually wetted
with rain; except, of course, in the Scottish Highlands,
where there are not enough fine intervals to point
the difference. Stevenson Robert Louis Stevenson
An InlandVoyage,'Down the Oise: to Compi e' gne'.
The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while Nature cures
the disease. Voltaire pseudonym of Fran c° ois Marie Arouet Attributed.