25 Inspiring Self-Confidence Quotes

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If you have days, weeks, months, or even years when your confidence is low, please know you’re not alone.

Whether it’s circumstantial or chronic, low self-confidence impacts all of us at different points in our lives. Even those born with a more positive personality type have times when they doubt their abilities or feel incapable of success. Lacking faith in our abilities, our attractiveness, or our relationship skills is a common theme in the human drama.

Life regularly presents us with difficulties and challenges, some of which we’ve carried since childhood. Self-confidence isn’t developed by escaping these difficulties, but rather it’s nurtured and strengthened by the way we respond to these circumstances and how we view ourselves in spite of them.


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The foundation for self-confidence is embracing your inherent value and capacity for success, even as you recognize you’ll meet challenges and failure along the way. Self-confidence is trusting that ultimately you have what it takes to be who you want to be.

Of course we all need support and reminders of this truth. We need something or someone to jar us from our entrenched negative thinking so we can retrain our brains to accept the positive truth about our potential for greatness.

Here are 25 confidence quotes to improve your self-confidence and remind you how much you have to offer the world.

1. “Always be yourself, express yourself have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.” ~Bruce Lee Share on Twitter

 

2. “Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen Share on Twitter

 

3. “Low self-confidence isn’t a life sentence. Self-confidence can be learned, practiced, and mastered — just like any other skill. Once you master it, everything in your life will change for the better.” ~Barrie Davenport Share on Twitter

 

4. “Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” ~e.e. cummings Share on Twitter

 

5. “Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” ~Golda Meir Share on Twitter

 

6. “One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” ~Arthur Ashe Share on Twitter

 

7. “The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you.” ~William Jennings Bryan Share on Twitter

 

8. “You either walk inside your story and own it or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness.” ~Brene Brown Share on Twitter

 

9. “I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: Turn back.” ~Erica Jong Share on Twitter

 

10. “It is confidence in our bodies, minds and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures.” ~Oprah Share on Twitter

 

11. “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Share on Twitter

 

12. “But failure has to be an option in art and in exploration – because it’s a leap of faith. And no important endeavor that required innovation was done without risk. You have to be willing to take those risks….” ~James Cameron Share on Twitter

 

13. “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 Share on Twitter

 

14. “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 Share on Twitter

 

15. “Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.”  ~Peter T. Mcintyre Share on Twitter

 

16. “Argue for your limitations and, sure enough, they’re yours.”  ~Richard Bach Share on Twitter

 

17. “The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable.”  ~Paul Tillich Share on Twitter

 

18. “You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You’re on your own.
And you know what you know.
You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” ~Dr. Seuss Share on Twitter

 

19. “If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”  ~Thomas Alva Edison Share on Twitter

 

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

 

21. “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?” ~Marianne Williamson Share on Twitter

 

22. “Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.” ~Brene Brown Share on Twitter

 

23. “Embracing your true self radiates a natural beauty that cannot be diluted or ignored. Confident, powerful, untamable, badass you!” ~Steve Maraboli Share on Twitter

 

24. “True beauty is the flame of self-confidence that shines from the inside out.” ~Barrie Davenport Share on Twitter

 

25. “Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.” ~Dr. Benjamin Spock  Share on Twitter

 


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Comments

  1. These are great quotes indeed. I particularly liked # 11. Thanks Barrie for sharing such gems.

    Murigi.

  2. I love these, Barrie. Here’s one…a little abstract, but I think it makes sense…

    “Start wherever you are! Low hanging fruit really tastes just as good as the high stuff.”

    :)

  3. Thanks Barrie for all you do. Your absolutely wonderful. I admire your drive and passion to make a difference in the world. Your an inspiration to many.

  4. Thank you for this wonderful post, very powerful.
    Numbers 13 and 15 are an eye-opener to me.

    Thank you again.

  5. nice,

    “One of the hardest decisions you’ll ever face in life is choosing whether to walk away or try harder.”

    thank you

  6. #16 — so true! One of the worst ways for us to use our creative minds is to spend time figuring out all of the reasons why we aren’t capable of achieving something. Thanks for posting.

  7. Thank you for sharing these great quotes, Barrie. But honestly, it was your words that resonated most strongly with me. “Self-confidence is trusting that ultimately you have what it takes to be who you want to be.”

    That’s what real confidence is.

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