"You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it."
"God made a better story. But it’s a long story with a complicated plot and we’re not very attentive readers"
"No soul can be really at rest until it has given up all dependence on everything else and has been forced to depend on God alone. As long as our expectation is from other things, nothing but disappointment awaits us. Feelings may change, and will change with our changing circumstances; doctrines and dogmas may be upset; our work may come to naught; prayers may seem to lose their fervency; promises may seem to fail; everything that we have believed in or depended upon may seem to be swept away, and only God is left, just God, the bare God, if I may be allowed the expression; simply and only God."
"Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you."
"Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence."
"There’s a story… a legend, about a bird that sings just once in its life. From the moment it leaves its nest, it searches for a thorn tree… and never rests until it’s found one. And then it sings… more sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth. And singing, it impales itself on the longest, sharpest thorn. But, as it dies, it rises above its own agony, to outsing the lark and the nightingale. The thorn bird pays its life for just one song, but the whole world stills to listen, and God in His heaven smiles. As it’s best… is bought only at the cost of great pain."
The Thorn Birds 
"Patience with others is love.
Patience with self is hope.
Patience with God is faith."