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Confidence is conqueror of men; victorious both over them and in them;
The iron will of one stout heart shall make a thousand quail;
A feeble dwarf, dauntlessly resolved, will turn the tide of battle,
And rally to a nobler strife the giants that had fled.

MARTIN FARQUHAR TUPPER, Proverbial Philosophy of Faith

He who has lost confidence can lose nothing more.


If men are lacking in self-confidence, it is generally from an over-estimate of the difficulties before them, or from an under-estimate of their ability to overcome the obstacles in their way. Many noble and talented men and women fail in their lifework by an under-estimate of their possibilities.


Trust in thine own untried capacity
As thou wouldst trust in God himself. Thy soul
Is but an emanation from the whole.
Thou dost not dream what forces lie in thee,
Vast and unfathomed as the grandest sea.


Confidence is the hinge on the door to success.

MARY O'HARE DUMAS, attributed, Faith to Conquer Fear

Success is most often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable.

COCO CHANEL, Believing in Ourselves

False confidence is the precursor of disaster.


Believe in yourself and there will come a day when others will have no choice but to believe with you.

CYNTHIA KERSEY, Unstoppable Women

To these success gives heart: they can because they think they can.

VIRGIL, Aenead

Self-confidence cannot be totally destroyed, for it is an inbuilt ingredient of our growth and evolution. What happens is that self-confidence is suppressed by the conditioning of the mind by external forces. A negative syndrome is formed. We can overcome this syndrome by taking a strong, positive view of life.

P. C. GANESAN, How to Develop Self Confidence

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings.


As is our confidence, so is our capacity.

WILLIAM HAZLITT, Characteristics

The pleasure that arises from inward serenity is due to the confidence that one has in one's own inner truth.

YI JING, "Tui: Joy," The Photographic I Ching

Confidence is almost all about perception. Very few people are wholly confident in every area of their life. Those who appear to be so are probably good at acting -- with themselves as the audience.

KATE BURTON & BRINLEY N. PLATTS, Building Self-Confidence for Dummies

Confidence is going after Moby Dick in a rowboat and taking the tartar sauce with you.

ZIG ZIGLAR, attributed, Visualize Confidence

We all intuitively know that confidence is important. Most of us know that if you always struggle with confidence then something is wrong. Either you are suffering from low self-esteem or you are working or living in the wrong place. It just doesn't match. However, did you know that if you never struggle with confidence, you obviously are not stretching yourself far enough. You are not pressing to the edge of your abilities. In other words, the only way to never struggle with confidence is to play it safe. Play it known. Play it in a way that you achieve stability, but lose opportunity.

TIM URSINY, The Confidence Plan

The best way to develop rational, well-balanced confidence is to go after a few small victories immediately following a failure. Whatever you do, do not allow yourself the luxury of wallowing in self-pity.

KEITH JOHNSON, The Confidence Makeover

Hard to feel confident when you’re surrounded by horse-sized wolves.


Ignorance and confidence are constant companions.

JOHN MCAFEE, Into the Heart of Truth

Exuding confidence is a bit like being wealthy. Confidence, like money, only becomes a problem when it disappears.

KATE BURTON & BRINLEY N. PLATTS, Building Self-Confidence for Dummies

Self-confidence is a cure-all that can relieve worry and eliminate fear, the two things that often stand in our way while striving for success. Unfortunately, to gain confidence, you must attain a state of denial by suspending reality. You must make yourself believe what you suspect is not so. To gain this level of self-confidence, you need to be willing to attempt that which common sense tells you not to do.

AARON R. FODIMAN, Tampa Bay Magazine, May/June 2009

If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.

CARL LEWIS, attributed, The Greatest Quotations of All Time

A person without confidence is like a jumbo jet sitting on the runway with an empty fuel tank.

KEITH JOHNSON, The Confidence Makeover

I never seek to defeat the man I am fighting.... I seek to defeat his confidence. A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory. Two men are equals - true equals - only when they both have equal confidence.

ARTHUR GOLDEN, Memoirs of a Geisha

Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honourable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself.

CICERO, Rhetorical Invention

Confidence ... is the foundation upon which rests the consummation of all Life's many plans.

EDWARD S. ROGERS, "Broadening the Doctrine of Unfair Competition," Printers' Ink, vol. 88

Arrogance is a killer, and wearing ambition on one's sleeve can have the same effect. There is a fine line between arrogance and self-confidence. Legitimate self-confidence is a winner. The true test of self-confidence is the courage to be open—to welcome change and new ideas regardless of their source. Self-confident people aren't afraid to have their views challenged. They relish the intellectual combat that enriches ideas.

JACK WELCH, Jack: Straight from the Gut

Confidence is ignorance. If you're feeling cocky, it's because there's something you don't know.

EOIN COLFER, Artemis Fowl

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