Confidence Quotes

This page is dedicated only to quotes about confidence. The reason why I love quotes is because they often contain a lot of accumulated life-wisdom from people in a very condensed format. It is like highly-concentrated life experience.

Sometimes I read a quote and reflect on it for several days, because it really can be such a source of insight. I hope you will find something that resonates or stimulates you too. If you know of another quote, please allow me to invite you to share it here, by leaving a comment below.

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.  ~Eleanor Roosevelt

You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.  ~Michael Jordan

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence. ~Vince Lombardi

Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you are right.  ~Henry Ford

Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.  ~Peter T. Mcintyre

A gold medal is a nice thing – but if you’re not enough without it, you’ll never be enough with it.  ~From Cool Runnings

Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times. ~Martin Luther

Confidence is the most important single factor in this game, and no matter how great your natural talent, there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work. ~Jack Nicklaus

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. ~Dale Carnegie

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

With confidence, you have won before you have started. ~Marcus Garvey

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. ~Helen Keller

Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.  ~William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, 1604

You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through. ~Rosalynn Carter

We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honorable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself. ~Marcus Tullius Cicero

A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.  ~David Brinkley

If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. ~Marcus Garvey

It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.  ~W.C. Fields

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.  ~Edmund Hillary

Confidence… thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

Knock the “t” off the “can’t.”  ~Samuel Johnson

Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered – either by themselves or by others.  ~Mark Twain

You need to play with supreme confidence, or else you’ll lose again, and then losing becomes a habit. ~Joe Paterno

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.  ~Anaïs Nin, Diary, 1969

Don’t live down to expectations.  Go out there and do something remarkable.  ~Wendy Wasserstein

When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things. ~Joe Namath

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.  ~Bruce Barton

I am consumed with the fear of failing. Reaching deep down and finding confidence has made all my dreams come true. ~Arsenio Hall

The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.  ~Andrew Carnegie

Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory. ~Diane Arbus

The man of genius inspires us with a boundless confidence in our own powers. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you’re in control, they’re in control. ~Tom Landry

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.  We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?  Actually, who are you not to be?  You are a child of God.  Your playing small does not serve the world.  There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.  We are all meant to shine, as children do.  We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.  It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.  And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.  ~Marianne Williamson

It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us, as the confidence of their help. ~Epicurus

If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.  ~Vincent Van Gogh

Everybody wants to be somebody. The thing you have to do is give them confidence they can. You have to give a kid a dream. ~George Foreman

I’ve always had confidence. It came because I have lots of initiative. I wanted to make something of myself. ~Eddie Murphy

As is our confidence, so is our capacity. ~William Hazlitt

I am convinced all of humanity is born with more gifts than we know.  Most are born geniuses and just get de-geniused rapidly.  ~Buckminster Fuller

Whatever we expect with confidence becomes our own self-fulfilling prophecy. ~Brian Tracy

Skill and confidence are an unconquered army. ~George Herbert

You’re never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you’re never as bad as they say when you lose.  ~Lou Holtz and John Heisler, The Fighting Spirit

A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage.  Every day sends to their graves obscure men whose timidity prevented them from making a first effort.  ~Sydney Smith

We probably wouldn’t worry about what people think of us if we could know how seldom they do.  ~Olin Miller

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