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Quotations about Confidence

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We have to serve ourself many years before we gain our own confidence. ~Henry Stanley Haskins, "Habit and Association," Meditations in Wall Street, 1940

I will not pray for strength. Dear Heaven, I am a Hercules of disseminated force. I will not pray for opportunity. Dear Lord, the time and place are mine when I am equal to the time and place. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Prayer, 1904

You are a piece of the puzzle of someone else's life. You may never know where you fit, but others will fill the holes in their lives with pieces of you. ~Bonnie Arbon

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else's eyes. ~Sally Field

Don't let people drive you crazy when you know it's in walking distance. ~Author Unknown

Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie,
Which we ascribe to heaven...
~William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well, c.1602  [I, 1, Helena]

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

It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not. ~Attributed to Hanoch McCarty

We have to learn to be our own best friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies. ~Roderick Thorp, Rainbow Drive

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

Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right. ~Virgil, et al. See:

I quit being afraid when my first venture failed and the sky didn't fall down. ~Allen H. Neuharth

If I would be queen tomorrow when I sit upon a throne, I must be not less a queen today in my hand-maiden sphere. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912

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

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

I will release all the confined forces of my soul and apply them directly to that which I may be. I will release all my thousand possibilities and send them broadside against life. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "A Soul's Faring: XXIV," A Soul's Faring, 1921

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

Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within. ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

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

Whatever I pledged for myself in my wildest extravagant moments shall be the truth for me. Talk not to me of sober estimate, — I set a daring limit when drunk with expectancy. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912

Success comes in cans, not cant's. ~Author Unknown

Put your future in good hands — your own. ~Author Unknown

Who thinks he will fail — will probably fail. Who believes that dreams are only dreams — will probably find it so. Who doubts himself — will achieve only such results as will confirm it. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Prayer, 1904

What a fool, quoth he, am I, thus to lie in a stinking dungeon, when I may as well walk at liberty! I have a key in my bosom, called Promise, that will, I am persuaded, open any lock in Doubting Castle. ~John Bunyan

I am not a has-been. I am a will be. ~Lauren Bacall

The light of starry dreams can only be seen once we escape the blinding cities of disbelief. ~Shawn Purvis,, December 2009 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter

I do not ask for faith in a God, but give me faith in myself, and then if there is a God I shall do him credit. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912

I'm not old enough to play baseball or football. I'm not eight yet. My mom told me when you start baseball, you aren't going to be able to run that fast because you had an operation. I told Mom I wouldn't need to run that fast. When I play baseball, I'll just hit them out of the park. Then I'll be able to walk. ~Edward J. McGrath, Jr., "An Exceptional View of Life," quoted in Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield & Mark Victor Hansen, 1993

If you really put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price. ~Author Unknown

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

One learns to ignore criticism by first learning to ignore applause. ~Robert Brault,, 2018

Once I despaired that I was the despised unloveliness under your heel. Now I know that worms have a blue and golden beauty enfolded — and wings. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "Songs of Longing: II," At the Roots of Grasses, 1923

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

Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they're yours. ~Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah, 1977

Ten thousand voices say No, but I come in ten thousands multiples of my strength.
I am my own affirmative that transcends all negatives and denials.
The day renounces me — and I sink my roots deeper into the centuries.
~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "Songs of the Strong: XV," A Soul's Faring, 1921

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

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

Love every color of the rainbow in your soul and every note of the tune in your heart. ~Terri Guillemets, "Suffer, shimmer, adjust," 2008

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

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

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

When I feel happy and strong, my goals and dreams come true! ~Rachel Rose Zoller, My Body Is a Rainbow: A Book about Our Chakras, 2016,

Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know that so it goes on flying anyway. ~Mary Kay Ash

Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. ~Norman Vincent Peale

Always act like you're wearing an invisible crown. ~Author Unknown

The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable. ~Paul Tillich

Of all our infirmities, the most savage is to despise our being. ~Michel de Montaigne

It's hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head. ~Sally Kempton, Esquire, 1970

When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they take better care of it there. ~Cecil Selig

Other people's opinion of you does not have to become your reality. ~Les Brown

Confidence is preparation. Everything else is beyond your control. ~Richard Kline

Knock the "t" off the "can't." ~Samuel Johnson

I will demand of myself those things that take the measure of my possibilities. Too long I have been chimney-sweep of life, when I might have been sweeping the stardust of Heaven. If one becomes the expression of one's dominant thought, have I thought dish-water or dew, scullery pans or roses?... Do I think my narrow human life, or do I sometimes think God? ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "A Soul's Faring: XIV," A Soul's Faring, 1921

Sex appeal is fifty percent what you've got and fifty percent what people think you've got. ~Sophia Loren

They are the weakest, however strong, who have no faith in themselves or their own powers. ~Christian Nestell Bovee

We are all such a waste of our potential, like three-way lamps using one-way bulbs. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

      Sometimes it is not the world in general but a man's own parish which causes him to wince and quail. A newspaper gets on his track and misreports him. His sermons are garbled and his actions are misjudged, and the mangled son of thunder goes about bleeding at every pore. A man too thin-skinned to stand newspaper criticism is not a fit man to lead the Lord's army. A newspaper is frequently the most unprincipled and merciless of antagonists... but a minister who is wise will never enter into a controversy with a newspaper. To be beaten with a few stinging sentences is not so painful as to be beaten with a Roman scourge.... If a minister cannot sing after being trounced by the most merciless reporter who ever poured bad blood into ink, he should get out of the pulpit and seek a position where thin skin is not a hindrance to duty.
      Or the anonymous coward instead of attacking him in a newspaper may stab him through the mail. Two or three anonymous letters will cause some men to swell up as though they had been bitten by tarantulas.... The criticism may not be written but spoken. It may float through the atmosphere in the shape of poisonous rumors.
      ~Charles Edward Jefferson, "Clerical Hamlets," Quiet Hints to Growing Preachers in My Study, 1901

Don't be distracted by criticism. Remember — the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you. ~Zig Ziglar

I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it. ~Edgar Allan Poe

Your value is the product of your thoughts. Do not miscalculate your self worth by multiplying your insecurities. ~Dodinsky

If you doubt yourself, then indeed you stand on shaky ground. ~Henrik Ibsen

Nothing reduces the odds against you like ignoring them. ~Robert Brault,

Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot. ~Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1958, spoken by the character Holly Golightly

Never dull your shine for somebody else. ~Tyra Banks, America's Next Top Model, "The Girl Who Is Afraid of Heights," original airdate 2007 October 17th

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves. ~Thomas Edison

Always hold your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level. ~Max L. Forman

Our doubts are traitors
And make us lose the good we oft might win
By fearing to attempt.
~William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, c.1604  [I, 4, Lucio]

I will live the free-hand life — I will rise up at dawn, and with sure, unfaltering faith, create the day. I will come at noon, and with the assurance of a master, paint the heavens. I will come at night, and with the confidence of one who cannot fail, hang a million stars in the sky. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "A Soul's Faring: XLI," A Soul's Faring, 1921

The things we hate about ourselves aren't more real than things we like about ourselves. ~Ellen Goodman

I was thinking of my patients, and how the worst moment for them was when they discovered they were masters of their own fate. It was not a matter of bad or good luck. When they could no longer blame fate, they were in despair. ~Anaïs Nin

Never let the hand you hold, hold you down. ~Author Unknown

Just as much as we see in others we have in ourselves. ~William Hazlitt

Your problem is you're... too busy holding onto your unworthiness. ~Ram Dass

Learning too soon our limitations, we never learn our powers. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself. ~Michel de Montaigne

If you are going to doubt something, doubt your limits. ~Don Ward

Doubting yourself is like pointing a gun at your motivation. ~Joey Gloor, Fat Chance [S1, E1, 2016]

It's me who is my enemy
Me who beats me up
Me who makes the monsters
Me who strips my confidence.
~Paula Cole, "Me," This Fire

Your soul is a trooper. If you find you're stronger than you thought, don't waste a moment being surprised by it — be motivated, and stronger, and start the race! ~Terri Guillemets

Strength will always be with you, you just have to find it. ~Ann-Marie Hevey, September 2010 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter

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

Life marks us all down, so it's just as well that we start out by overpricing ourselves. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

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

Don't let anyone steal your dream. It's your dream, not theirs. ~Dan Zadra

If I am not for myself, who will be? ~Pirke Avoth

All of us have wonders hidden in our breasts, only needing circumstances to evoke them. ~Charles Dickens

Keep shining, beautiful one. The world needs your light. ~Author Unknown

We all have our limitations, but when we listen to our critics, we also have theirs. ~Robert Brault,

Self-love seems so often unrequited. ~Anthony Powell

Once you become self-conscious, there is no end to it; once you start to doubt, there is no room for anything else. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates his fate. ~Henry David Thoreau

There are offences given and offences not given but taken. ~Izaak Walton

Men harm others by their deeds, themselves by their thoughts. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

A person can grow only as much as his horizon allows. ~John Powell

[S]o you plant your own garden and nourish your own soul instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.... ~Veronica Shoffstall, "After a While," as posted in Dear Abby

It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself. ~Epicurus

If you must love your neighbor as yourself, it is at least as fair to love yourself as your neighbor. ~Sébastien-Roch Nicolas (Chamfort)

I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship. ~Louisa May Alcott

How often in life we complete a task that was beyond the capability of the person we were when we started it. ~Robert Brault,

The universe knows the perfect timing for all those things you want and will find, through the crack of least resistance, the best way to deliver it to you. ~Abraham–Hicks

Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heart-ache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source. There is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, to discover what is already there. ~Henry Miller, Sexus

Pay no attention to what the critics say. A statue has never been erected in honor of a critic. ~Jean Sibelius

Self-confidence grows on trees, in other people's orchards. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you. ~African proverb

The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do. ~Author unknown

We learn to wield our own strengths, and fear flips over — dead! ~Terri Guillemets, "Getting along, stopping not," 2007

Be proud to wear you. ~Dodinsky

Be humble, for you are made of dung. Be noble, for you are made of stars. ~Serbian Saying

Great tranquility of heart is his who cares for neither praise nor blame. ~Thomas à Kempis

Shyness has a strange element of narcissism, a belief that how we look, how we perform, is truly important to other people. ~André Dubus

Chiefly the mold of a man's fortune is in his own hands. ~Francis Bacon

God wisely designed the human body so that we can neither pat our own backs nor kick ourselves too easily. ~Author Unknown

You probably wouldn't worry about what people think of you if you could know how seldom they do. ~Olin Miller (1893–1981)

As soon
Seek roses in December, ice in June;
Hope constancy in wind, or corn in chaff;
Believe a woman or an epitaph,
Or any other thing that's false, before
You trust in critics.
~George Gordon, Lord Byron, "English Bards and Scotch Reviewers"

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

[Self-]assurance is contemptible and fatal unless it is self-knowledge. ~George Santayana, Character and Opinion in the United States, 1921

Mediocrity is a hand-rail. ~Montesquieu, Mes pensées

All that Adam had, all that Caesar could, you have and can do.... Build, therefore, your own world. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature

Oliver Wendell Holmes once attended a meeting in which he was the shortest man present. "Dr. Holmes," quipped a friend, "I should think you'd feel rather small among us big fellows." "I do," retorted Holmes, "I feel like a dime among a lot of pennies." ~Author Unknown

The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others. ~Sonya Friedman

Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us that we are nothing but acorns and that our greatest happiness will be to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns; but that is of interest only to pigs. Our faith gives us knowledge of something better: that we can become oak trees. ~E.F. Schumacher

Many men are like unto sausages: Whatever you stuff them with, that they will bear in them. ~Alexi Konstantinovich Tolstoy

Only as high as I reach can I grow,
Only as far as I seek can I go,
Only as deep as I look can I see,
Only as much as I dream can I be.
~Karen Ravn

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, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles," 1992 (commonly misattributed to Nelson Mandela, 1994 inauguration speech)

Men are not against you; they are merely for themselves. ~Gene Fowler, Skyline, 1961

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