Good things come to those who wait.
Sometimes, when I use tired phrases like that, I try to make myself feel better by doing cursory research on the origins. So, I used another modern-day cliche: I Googled it:
Good things come to those who wait is an English phrase extolling the virtue of patience. The related phrase, "All things come to those who wait," was used by Violet Fane in 1892. It has been used as the basis for several pieces of popular culture:
- "Good things come to those who wait", a 1984 song by the Freestylist Nayobe.
- "Good things come to those who wait," a UK advertising campaign for Guinness stout in the 1990s and 2000s.
- "Good things come to those who wait," a US advertising campaign for Heinz ketchup in the 1980sFrom Wikipedia (the lazy man - or woman's - current encyclopedia)
As I was looking up the phrase, I came across a related one attributed to Abraham Lincoln:
Things may come to those who wait,
but only the things left by those who hustle.