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Self-confidence; that highly desirable quality which all too often escapes our grasp.  When we see someone who has it, it’s hard to miss.

When we possess it, all things seem limitless.  No doubt, through confidence we thrive.  Having confidence improves everything from our relationships to how high in life we feel we can climb.

But, when we lack it, we struggle.  Indeed, the absence of confidence can make us feel like we live in a bubble.

The problem with confidence is people think it’s something we are born with, it’s not.  No, confidence is something people can build, it’s something that you can be taught.

Truth is, there is no secret to self-confidence, and anyone can wield it.  Introverted and reserved people can be confident, even those who are naturally quiet.

The reason this is, is because confidence is a state of mind.  It’s something that can be turned on at any moment in time.

So, use these powerful quotes to boost your self-confidence.  Then, get out there and mix it up in the world, and trust in your new found providence.

Top 70 Self-Confidence Quotes to Help You Believe in Yourself

Best Quotes for Boosting Confidence

1. “When you have confidence, you have a lot of fun.  And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.” – Joe Namath

2. “The only thing that’s keeping you from getting what you want is the story you keep telling yourself. – Tony Robbins

3.  “Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.” –  Maxwell Maltz

4. “Just believe in yourself. Even if you don’t, pretend that you do and, at some point, you will.” – Venus Williams

5. “All confidence is acquired, developed.  No one is born with confidence.” – David J. Schwartz

6. “Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.” – Malcolm S. Forbes

7. “Whatever you say, say it with conviction.” – Mark Twain

8. “Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment. – Thomas Carlyle

9. “Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.” – Petere T. Mcintyre

10. “Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.”  –  Vince Lombardi

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11. “Insist on yourself, never imitate.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

12. “Confidence is a habit that can be developed by acting as if you already had the confidence you desire to have.” – Brian Tracy

13. “We are what we believe we are – C.S. Lewis

14. “If you really put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price.” – Unknown

15. “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

16. “Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear.” – Norman Vincent Peale

17. “All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.” – Mark Twain

18. “You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can’t have it.” – Dr. Robert Anthony

19. “Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing.” – Theodore Roosevelt

20. “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” – Michael Jordan

21. “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

22. “One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” – Arthur Ashe

23. “Confidence is preparation.  Everything else is beyond your control.” – Richard Kline

24. “The man who achieves makes many mistakes, but he never makes the biggest mistake of all – doing nothing.”  – Benjamin Franklin

25. “It’s a dead-end street if you sit around waiting for someone else to tell you you’re okay.” – Michael Pitt

26. “My theory is, if you look confident you can pull off anything, even if you have no clue what you are doing.” – Jessica Alba

27. “Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.” – Samuel Johnson

28. “Insecurity kills more dreams than failure ever will.” – Unknown

29. “The quickest way to acquire self-confidence is to do exactly what you are afraid to do.” – Anon

30. “Argue for your limitations and, sure enough, they’re yours.” – Richard Bach

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31. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James

32.  “I think everybody’s weird. We should all celebrate our individuality and not be embarrassed or ashamed of it.” – Johnny Depp

33.  “People who want the most approval get the least and the people who need approval the least get the most.” – Wayne Dyer

34. “If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”  – Thomas Edison

35. “You are the only person on earth who can use your ability.” – Zig Ziglar

36. “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.” – Henry Ford

37. “To establish true self-esteem we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the failures and the negatives in our lives.” – Denis Waitley

38. “Shyness has a strange element of narcissism, a belief that how we look, how we perform, is truly important to other people.” – Andre Dubus

39. “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” – Thomas Jefferson

40. “Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” – Rumi

41. “Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are.” – Chinese proverb

42. “Confidence is directness and courage in meeting the facts of life.” John Dewey

43. “The confidence which we have in ourselves gives birth to much of that which we have in others.” – Francois De La Rochefoucauld

44. “Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

45. “Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”  Coco Chanel

46.  “Confidence is not holding back the deck of cards of your weaknesses. Confidence is a comfort with vulnerability.” – Brendon Burchard

47. “Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.” -George Herbert

48. “Confidence doesn’t come out of nowhere. It’s a result of something … hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication.” – Roger Staubach

49. “With confidence, you have won before you have started.” – Marcus Garvey

50.  “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller

51.  “The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money. – James Madison

52. “Take a chance.  It’s the best way to test yourself.  Have fun and push boundaries.” – Richard Branson

53.  “As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

54. “Confidence is the most beautiful thing you can possess.” – Sabrina Carpenter

55. “No one will believe in you until you believe in you.” – Robin Sharma

56.  “If you are not in the process of becoming the person you want to be, you are automatically engaged in becoming the person you don’t want to be.” – Dale Carnegie

57. “Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it.” – Stan Smith

58. “A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.” – Mark Twain

59. “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I loved through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'” – Eleanor Roosevelt

60. “Confidence is not ‘They will like me.’ Confidence is ‘I’ll be find if they don’t’.” – Christina Grimme

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61. “If somone is judging you, that’s their problem. Don’t make it yours.” – Mel Robbins

62. “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” – Coco Chanel

63. “The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence.” – Blake Lively

64. “Accept yourself, then others will.” – Self-Confidence Quote

65. “If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life.” – Marcus Garvey

66. “It is confidence in our bodies, minds, and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures.” – Oprah Winfrey

67. “Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” – Lao Tzu

68. “A great man is always willing to be little.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

69. “Confidence is when you believe in yourself and your abilities, arrogance is when you think you are better than others and act accordingly.” – Stewart Stafford

70. “Remind yourself that you cannot fail at being yourself.” – Wayne W. Dyer

Bonus Self-Confidence Quote

Bonus: “If you don’t believe in yourself why is anyone else going to believe in you?” – Tom Brady

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Become Who You Can Be With These Confidence Quotes

There you have it, the top 70 self-confidence quotes that have the power to boost your state of mind, and with it, your confidence.

Use these inspiring quotes to grow, and to move you forward…to leave that old less confident you, behind.

Till next time,


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