Saturday, 21 May 2011

Quotes about Self-Confidence

Here's the next section of quotes from my book 1000 Great Quotations for Business, Management & Training.

An updated version of the book is newly available as part of my Almost Free Kindle titles both in the UK and in the USA.

For a man to achieve all that’s demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is.

Johann Wolfgang Goethe, German poet, letter-writer (1749-1832)

And above all things, never think that you’re not good enough yourself. A man should never think that. My belief is that in life people will take you at your own reckoning.

Anthony Trollope, British author (1815-1882)

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Eleanor Roosevelt, US United Nations delegate (1884-1962)

If you are always worried about how you are performing a task, about how others perceive your performance, you will never perform it well. Performance requires forgetting yourself.

Richard Saul Wurman, US architect, author (b. 1935)

The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself – the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us – that’s where it’s at.

Jesse Owens, US athlete (1913-1980)

Jesse Owens


When we examine our self-image we tend to find that it has been formulated by the information we have been given by others about ourselves; the art teacher who continually tells us we will never be a painter; the parent who tells us every day that we are too soft and sensitive; the bully who is praised by his bully father; and so on.

Trevor J Bentley, US facilitator, author

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 and fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Nelson Mandela, South African statesman (b. 1918)

Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further than people with a vastly superior talent.

Sofia Villani Scicolone, known as Sophia Loren, Italian actress (b. 1934)

The real ‘haves’ are they who can acquire freedom, self-confidence, and even riches without depriving others of them. They acquire all of these by developing and applying their potentialities. On the other hand, the real ‘have nots’ are they who cannot have aught except by depriving others of it. They can feel free only by diminishing the freedom of others, self-confident by spreading fear and dependence among others, and rich by making others poor.

Eric Hoffer, US philosopher, author, longshoreman (1902-1983)

An individual’s self-concept is the core of his personality. It affects every aspect of human behaviour: the ability to learn, the capacity to grow and change. A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success in life.

Joyce Brothers, US TV personality, psychologist (b. 1927)

Confidence is believing you have something to teach; arrogance is the belief you have nothing to learn.

Dale Dauten, US newspaper columnist (b. 1950)

There are two types of people – those who come into a room and say: ‘Well, here I am!’ and those who come in and say, ‘Well, there you are!’

Frederick L Collins

I can say, ‘I am terribly frightened and fear is terrible and awful and it makes me uncomfortable, so I won’t do that because it’s uncomfortable.’ Or I could say, ‘Get used to being uncomfortable.’ It is uncomfortable doing something that’s risky. But so what? Do you want to stagnate and just be comfortable?

Barbra Streisand, US singer, actress (b. 1942)

Be thine own palace, or the world’s thy jail.

John Donne, British poet (1572-1631)

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.

Samuel Johnson, British poet, critic, lexicographer (1709-1784)

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