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The greatest quality of a Judge is to have patience which is sister
virtue of calmness. Calmness is as
essential as fearlessness and honesty to the exercise of good judgment in times
of aroused feelings and excited passion.
Patience implies the quietness or self-possession of one’s own spirit
under sufferance and provocation. Since
it has a tranquillizing effect, patience is the best remedy for every
affliction. The Bible says that if
patience or silence be good for the wise, how much the better for others –
unwise or not so wise. Sometimes we
turn our anger upon the person responsible for hurting us; we are also likely to
blame someone for any kind of mishap. By
learning to be patient, one can cultivate the art of reigning in bad temper and
hasty decision-making. Patience
yields many good things. It is also
a necessary ingredient of genius. Patience
can solve problems, avert wars and disasters, and lead us to the path of truth.
The power of patience leads us to self-inspection, to the admission of errors and the capacity for forgiveness. A learned man tells us that misfortune can be turned into fortune through wisdom. The acquisition of wisdom needs five steps. The first is patience, the second is listening, the third is understanding, the fourth is pondering and the fifth is practice – all qualities needed in a judge. To be patient one has to be humble. To cultivate patience, anger management plays a crucial role. “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty and he that rules his spirit than he who takes a city.” The world exists only because of self-restraint exercised by the mighty. Power coupled with impatience can be very dangerous. Leaders and Judges who are impulsive are greatly feared and are considered impractical. Anger begets violence and cannot be easily repressed. At times anger is provoked by misunderstanding and may actually have no basis in reason. Anger can be subverted with forgiveness.
of the ways to be patient is through tolerance.
Tolerance recognizes individuality and diversity; it removes divisiveness
and diffuses tension created by ignorance.
Tolerance is an inner strength, which enables the individual to face and
overcome misunderstandings and difficulties.
A tolerant person is like a tree with an abundance of fruits; even when
pelted with sticks and stones, the tree gives its fruit in return.
Without tolerance, patience is not possible.
Tolerance is integral and essential to the realization of patience. 
 C. Ravichandran Iyer v. Justice A.M. Bhattacharjee & Ors., (1995) 5 SCC 457, para 21, per K. Ramaswamy, J.
 Ezekiel Malekar, Lessons on Patience and Tolerance, The Speaking Tree, The Times of India.