A watched pot never boils
Something we wait for with impatient attention seems to take forever.
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Bessires was included because he would never win it at any later date, but his doglike devotion made him a priceless subordinate.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
A Yankee, whose face had been mauled in a pot-house brawl, assured General Jackson that he had received his scars in battle.
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The policemen looked dull and heavy, as if never again would any one be criminal, and as if they had come to know it.Bella Donna|Robert Hichens
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Anxious waiting does not speed up matters, as in Stop running downstairs for every mail delivery—a watched pot never boils, you know. This hyperbolic adage reflects the experience of anyone who has ever been in a hurry to bring water to a boil, which eventually occurs but can seem to take forever. [Mid-1800s]