Having confidence is like having the keys to the kingdom.
DAG ALBRIGHT, How to Meet and Pick Up Women
We need confidence in order to set goals and achieve success, however large or small those goals are and whatever success means to us. This is a competitive world and it is confident people who usually get to win.
JAN FERGUSON, Perfect Confidence
The power of self-confidence is derived from having faith in your own ability to create and capture that which you want to achieve. It is a self-confident hunter who will pursue an animal many times bigger and stronger than himself. Likewise, in the world we live in today, no obstacle is too large to overcome, if we have the faith in ourselves to do it.
AARON R. FODIMAN, Tampa Bay Magazine, May/June 2009
Does everyone feel this way? When I was young, I was perpetually overconfident or insecure. Either I felt completely useless, unattractive, and worthless, or that I was pretty much a success, and everything I did was bound to succeed. When I was confident, I could overcome the hardest challenges. But all it took was the smallest setback for me to be sure that I was utterly worthless. Regaining my self-confidence had nothing to do with success...whether I experienced it as a failure or triumph was utterly dependent on my mood.
BERNHARD SCHLINK, The Reader
Confidence and doubt are like two bulls in a car--either confidence is going to stay or your doubts or insecurities are going to stay, but there is not room for both to remain.
KEITH JOHNSON, The Confidence Makeover
Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.
VINCE LOMBARDI, attributed, Run to Win: Vince Lombardi on Coaching and Leadership
Confidence is a good name for what is intended by the term directness. It should not be confused, however, with self-confidence which may be a form of self-consciousness or of "cheek." Confidence is not a name for what one thinks or feels about his attitude it is not reflex. It denotes the straightforwardness with which one goes at what he has to do. It denotes not conscious trust in the efficacy of one's powers but unconscious faith in the possibilities of the situation. It signifies rising to the needs of the situation.
JOHN DEWEY, Democracy and Education
My confidence was of the hothouse variety, carefully cultivated under highly regulated conditions. One wrong look, one mean comment, and my facade would wither.
JUSTINA CHEN, North of Beautiful