Here is a quote from Pierre Teilhard de Chardin:
"Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
We would like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something
unknown, something new.
And yet, it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stages of instability -
and that it may take a very long time."
I found it on a blog by Steve Bogner, and I find quotes there regularly that give me food for thought. There is more in this quote than I have posted.
A few more bits from Steve's blog:
"Only knowledge gained through experience, the fruit of living and suffering, fills the heart with the wisdom of love, instead of crushing it with the disappointment of boredom and final oblivion. It is not the results of our own speculation, but the golden harvest of what we have lived through and suffered through, that has the power to enrich the heart and nourish the spirit. And all the knowledge we have acquired through study can do no more than give us some little help in meeting the problems of life with an alert and ready mind."
Karl Rahner, from Encounters with Silence"
" Joy is the most infallible sign of the presence of God."
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
I have recently seen some blog quotes from Thomas Merton that might be useful as well, but can't find them just now. Will keep looking!