One of the virtues of a Christian knight is patience. For many this is a difficult one to master.
The idea that patience is a virtue can be traced back to the Bible, as it is
listed as a ‘fruit of the Spirit’ in Galatians 5:22, 23:
“22 But the fruit of the Spirit is charity, joy, peace, patience, long abiding, benignity, goodness, mildness, faith, [benignity, or good will]
“23 temperance, continence, chastity;
against such things is no law.”
Wycliffe Bible (WYC)
The first citation of this being used as a proverb comes from William Langland’s poem, Piers Plowman, 1377 and was expressed even earlier in Latin… Maxima enim…patientia virtus (patience is the greatest virtue). This means that the ability to wait for the fulfillment of a desire without complaining is important in the development of character.