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Quotations: Confidence

It seems to me that people have vast potential. Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks. Yet most people don't. They sit in front of the telly and treat life as if it goes on forever.
Philip Adams

Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success.
Brian Adams

No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.
Ansel Adams

Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self-confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense.
Arnold Bennett

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

This is our culture, and I don't care who the musician is, if he avoids black people, then he is scared of something. He doesn't have confidence in himself or else he doesn't believe in what he's doing.
Betty Carter

You have to believe in yourself, that's the secret. Even when I was in the orphanage, when I was roaming the street trying to find enough to eat, even then I thought of myself as the greatest actor in the world. I had to feel the exuberance that comes from utter confidence in yourself. Without it, you go down to defeat.
Charlie Chaplin

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

Underlying the whole scheme of civilization is the confidence men have in each other, confidence in their integrity, confidence in their honesty, confidence in their future.
Bourke Cockran

History keeps her secrets longer than most of us. But she has one secret that I will reveal to you tonight in the greatest confidence. Sometimes there are no winners at all. And sometimes nobody needs to lose.
David John Moore Cornwell

Golf is a matter of confidence. If you think you cannot do it, there is no chance you will.
Henry Cotton

If I have lost confidence in myself, I have the universe against me.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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 was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time.
Anna Freud

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
Robert Frost

The trouble with ignorance is that it picks up confidence as it goes along.
Arnold Glasow

History informs us of past mistakes from which we can learn without repeating them. It also inspires us and gives confidence and hope bred of victories already won.
William Hastie

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

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
Samuel Johnson

Every man who attacks my belief, diminishes in some degree my confidence in it, and therefore makes me uneasy; and I am angry with him who makes me uneasy.
Samuel Johnson

There can be no friendship without confidence, an no confidence without integrity.
Samuel Johnson

When I was as you are now, towering in the confidence of twenty-one, little did I suspect that I should be at forty-nine, what I now am.
Samuel Johnson

Who has confidence in himself will gain the confidene of others.
Leib Lazarow

You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.
General Douglas MacArthur

Confidence is the sexiest thing a woman can have. It's much sexier than any body part.
Aimee Mullins

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

Concentration comes out of a combination of confidence and hunger.
Arnold Palmer

Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart, and mind, confidence is the key to all the locks.
Joe Paterno

Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.
Pope John Paul II

Calm self-confidence is as far from conceit as the desire to earn a decent living is remote from greed.
Channing Pollock

If you think about disaster, you will get it. Brood about death and you hasten your demise. Think positively and masterfully, with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience.
Edward Rickenbacker

The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others.
Hasidic Saying

Confidence comes from hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication.
Roger Staubach

Censorship reflects a society's lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime.
Potter Stewart

Have confidence that if you have done a little thing well, you can do a bigger thing well, too.
David Malcolm Storey

There can never be a complete confidence in a power which is excessive.
Cornelius Tacitus

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

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.
Mark Twain

Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow grow, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.
George Washington

Confidence in golf means being able to concentrate on the problem at hand with no outside interference.
Tom Watson

It is confidence in our bodies, minds and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures, new directions to grow in, and new lessons to learn - which is what life is all about.
Oprah Winfrey

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