I mean it's a very deep quote the more you dwell on it. Being patient doesn't actually offer hope as much as the fact that in being patient, you have actually decided not to give up on hope.
However, yes, it could take hope away in the fact that by making the decision to be patient, that means you do not actually have what it is you're looking for and could always be on the verge of losing patience thereby immediately losing hope.
So the answer must be that in order to have hope, you must never give up on patience. Which is an act of patience itself.
Socrates? To that level? That made me smile really, Beth37. I like your question (which by the way will result to more possible answers in your mind). It is about a particular task you are confident about doing and getting better at it in time (that's why there's hope), but then along the way, circumstances and people somehow end that hope quite too soon, that confidence you are molding patiently in your mind and heart. And in your being patient in what's happening and with the nature of the people around you, you lose that possibility of finishing that pursued task.
So then the answer would be not to allow others to decide what you will put your hope in. You don't have to be the master of your destiny to be the captain of your boat. If your crew is mutinous, throw them off the ship.
Not to allow them to eat you up, what your system tells you to do, but you still give it away sometimes. I think I am satisfied with your first sentence. What follows gives me more explanations to work on.