“It's hard being left behind. It's hard to be the one who stays.” — Audrey Niffenegger. Here are 50 Inspirational Waiting Quotes.

Waiting Quotes

1.“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

2.“It's hard being left behind. It's hard to be the one who stays.” — Audrey Niffenegger

3.“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… (Bones)”      — Jeaniene Frost

4.“For a while" is a phrase whose length can't be measured.At least by the person who's waiting.” — Haruki Murakami,

5.“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

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

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

8.“...as long as nothing happens between them, the memory is cursed with what hasn't happened.” — Marguerite Duras

9.“Men trust God by risking rejection. Women trust God by waiting.” — Carolyn McCulley

10.“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

11.“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

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

Waiting Quotes

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

14.“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 heartbreak entirely, but either way, this constant hungry waiting would be over.” — Ally Condie

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

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

17.“Knowing someone isn't coming back doesn't mean you ever stop waiting” —  Toby Barlow

18.“The wait is long, my dream of you does not end.” — Nuala O'Faolain

19.“I did the searching and remembering, she did the disappearing and the forgetting.” — Ann Brashares

20.“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

21.“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.” —  Elizabeth Elliot

22.“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

23.“I realized that the deepest spiritual lessons are not learned by His letting us have our way in the end, but by His making us wait, bearing with us in love and patience until we are able to honestly to pray what He taught His disciples to pray: Thy will be done.” — Elisabeth Elliot

24.“...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

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Waiting Quotes

25.“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

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

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

28.“Even a snail will eventually reach its destination.” — Gail Tsukiyama

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

30.“The common man prays, 'I want a cookie right now!' And God responds, 'If you'd listen to what I say, tomorrow it will bring you 100 cookies.” — Criss Jami

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

32.“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

33.“The more Susan waited, the more the doorbell didn't ring. Or the phone.” — Douglas Adams

34.“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

35.“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

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

Waiting Quotes

37.“It is said there are flowers that bloom only once in a hundred years. Why should there not be some that bloom once in a thousand, in ten thousand years? Perhaps we never know about them simply because this "once in a thousand years" has come today.” — Zamyatin

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

39.“Tides do what tides do–they turn.” — Derek Landy

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

41.“If chess has any relationship to film-making, it would be in the way it helps you develop patience and discipline in choosing between alternatives at a time when an impulsive decision seems very attractive.” — Stanley Kubrick

42.“Time doesn't heal all wounds, only distance can lessen the sting of them.” — Shannon Alder

43.“Time felt slower when we do nothing but wait.” — Toba Beta

44.“Waiting turns men into bears in a barn, and women into cats in a sack.” — Robert Jordan

45.“I stand here waiting. To disappear or sing.” — Francesca Lia Block

46.“To make someone wait: the constant prerogative of all power, "age-old pastime of humanity".” — Roland Barthes

47.“I don't care how wonderful heaven is, I won't be content waiting thirty years for you.” —  Jason F. Wright

48.“But, someone, please give me—who is born again but still so much in need of being born anew—give me the details of how to live in the waiting cocoon before the forever begins?” — Ann Voskamp

49.“Was I asleep? Had I slept?” — Samuel Beckett

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

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Best of Waiting Quotes

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“What we are waiting for is not as important as what happens to us while we are waiting. Trust the process.” —  Mandy Hale
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“One of the greatest strains in life is the strain of waiting for God.” — Oswald Chambers
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“Fear is the glue that keeps you stuck. Faith is the solvent that sets you free.” — Shannon L. Alder

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