Proverb – Good things come to those who wait.
Meaning – Being patient is a good quality to have. An alternative proverb with the same meaning is patience is a virtue.
The proverb “good things come to those who wait“ is a reminder that patience and perseverance can lead to success. It suggests that if you are patient and keep working hard, good things will eventually come your way. According to phrases.org this proverb was used by the English poet Lady Mary Montgomerie Currie (1843-1905), under her pseudonym of Violet Fane, in her poem Tout vient a qui sait attendre:
‘Ah, all things come to those who wait,’
(I say these words to make me glad),
But something answers soft and sad,
‘They come, but often come too late.’
The proverb is mainly used in English–speaking countries, but there are similar expressions in many other cultures. In Chinese, the proverb is “耐心等待，好事就会来,” which roughly translates to “wait patiently, and good things will come.”
The proverb is often used to encourage people to be patient and keep working hard, even when faced with adversity. It‘s also used to remind people that good things take time and that patience is a virtue. For example, you could say “I know it’s been a long time, but good things come to those who wait!“ to someone who is struggling to achieve their goals.
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