130+ Quotes To Instantly Boost Your Confidence When Life Gets You Down

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Even the most self-assured people sometimes need the boost that comes from reading confidence quotes. Whether you’ve had a bad day, are suffering from a serious case of imposter syndrome, or just aren’t feeling yourself, it’s entirely normal for life to get you down. Since self-esteem is shaped by your thoughts and experiences, it exists in a constant state of flux. Some days, you won’t even notice when it dips. But other days, well, you might need a few words of encouragement to pull you out of your low-confidence funk.

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Do we always feel like Beyoncé? No. And you know what? That is OK. Confidence is less of a personality trait but a practice. It’s something people work at every day. Sometimes, we feel supermodel fabulous, and on others; we feel like a toe. Everyone has their good days and bad ones, but every day you are worthy of positivity and love. Confidence is a state of mind, and these quotes below will help you get there.

Having healthy self-esteem is important. To that end, definitely reach out to someone if you feel as though you’re constantly plagued by feelings of doubt. If it’s more of a fleeting feeling, we’ve got you covered. We’ve rounded up 101 inspiring quotes that will boost your confidence in no time. Consider this self-care!

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Confidence Quotes

  1. “I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.” — Louisa May Alcott
  2. “Don’t waste your energy trying to change opinions. Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.” — Tina Fey
  3. “It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes.” — Sally Field
  4. “I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time.” — Anne Freud
  5. “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” — Oscar Wilde
  6. “Noble and great. Courageous and determined. Faithful and fearless. That is who you are and who you have always been. And understanding it can change your life, because this knowledge carries a confidence that cannot be duplicated any other way.” ― Sheri L. Dew
  7. “Confidence is directness and courage in meeting the facts of life.” — John Dewey
  8. “Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing.” — Theodore Roosevelt
  9. “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” — Lucille Ball
  10. “Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” — Mahatma GandhiRELATED: 100+ Eckhart Tolle Quotes That Will Seriously Enlighten You
  11. “Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they’re yours.” — Richard Bach
  12. “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” — Helen Keller
  13. “When you’re different, sometimes you don’t see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn’t.” — Jodi Picoult
  14. “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” — Anais Nin
  15. “You’re never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you’re never as bad as they say when you lose.” — Lou Holtz
  16. “Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” — e.e. cummings
  17. “Always be yourself — express yourself, have faith in yourself. Do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.” — Bruce Lee
  18. “Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” — Rumi
  19. “The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.” — C.G. Jung
  20. “Successful people have fear, successful people have doubts, and successful people have worries. They just don’t let these feelings stop them.” — T. Harv Eker
  21. “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
  22. “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” — Edmund Hillary
  23. “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” — John Wooden
  24. “One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” — Arthur Ashe
  25. “People who ask confidently get more than those who are hesitant and uncertain. When you’ve figured out what you want to ask for, do it with certainty, boldness and confidence.” — Jack Canfield
  26. “To love yourself right now, just as you are, is to give yourself heaven. Don’t wait until you die. If you wait, you die now. If you love, you live now.” — Alan Cohen
  27. “Trust yourself — you know more than you think you do.” — Benjamin Spock
  28. “The greatest mistake you can make in life is continually fearing that you’ll make one.” — Elbert Hubbard
  29. “Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory.” — Diane Arbus
  30. “You are the only person on earth who can use your ability.” — Zig Ziglar
  31. “Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it. ” — M. Scott Peck
  32. “When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.” — Joe Namath
  33. “Learning too soon our limitations, we never learn our powers.” — Mignon McLaughlin
  34. “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
  35. “Have confidence that if you have done a little thing well, you can do a bigger thing well too.” — David Storey
  36. “If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” — Thomas Edison
  37. “You have no control over other people’s taste, so focus on staying true to your own.” ­— Tim Gunn
  38. “Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.” — George Herbert
  39. “Accept who you are; and revel in it.” — Mitch Albom
  40. “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
  41. “Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.” — Bruce Barton
  42. “We all have our limitations, but when we listen to our critics, we also have theirs.” — Robert Breault
  43. “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
  44. “The confidence which we have in ourselves give birth to much of that which we have in others.” — François de La Rochefoucauld
  45. “Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot.” — Truman Capote
  46. “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 Kubler-Ross
  47. “If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started.” — Cicero
  48. “With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.” — Dalai Lama
  49. “Don’t you dare, for one more second, surround yourself with people who are not aware of the greatness that you are.” — Jo Blackwell-Preston
  50. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” — Mark Twain
  51. “Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.” — Benjamin Disraeli
  52. “The more validation I need, the less discernment I have.” — Kurt Hanks
  53. “Wouldn’t it be powerful if you fell in love with yourself so deeply that you would do just about anything if you knew it would make you happy? This is precisely how much life loves you and wants you to nurture yourself. The deeper you love yourself, the more the universe will affirm your worth. Then you can enjoy a lifelong love affair that brings you the richest fulfillment from inside out.” — Alan Cohen
  54. “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” — David Brinkley
  55. “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  56. “Don’t live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable.” — Wendy Wasserstein
  57. “Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember — the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.” — Zig Ziglar
  58. “Self-confidence is the memory of success.” — David Storey
  59. “We have to learn to be our own best friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies.” — Roderick Thorp
  60. “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.” — Henry Ford
  61. “With confidence, you have won before you have started.” — Marcus Garvey
  62. “If you really put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price.” — Author Unknown
  63. “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” — Michael Jordan
  64. “Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.” — Paulo Coelho
  65. “Confidence is preparation. Everything else is beyond your control.” — Richard Kline
  66. “Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.” — Vince Lombardi
  67. “Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honorable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself.” — Cicero
  68. “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.” ­— George Washington
  69. “It is best to act with confidence, no matter how little right you have to it.” ­­— Lillian Hellman
  70. “Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  71. “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” — Norman Vincent Peale
  72. “You’ve got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference.” — Chris Evert

Confidence Quotes For Girls

  1. “Your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude.” — Michelle Obama
  2. “If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.” — Nora Roberts
  3. “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
  4. “Life is 10 percent what you experience and ninety percent how you respond to it.” ― Dorothy M. Neddermeyer
  5. “Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” — Coco Chanel
  6. “Never dull your shine for somebody else.” — Tyra Banks
  7. “I laugh at myself. I don’t take myself completely seriously. I think that’s another quality that people have to hold on to … you have to laugh, especially at yourself.” — Madonna
  8. “As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  9. “Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.” ­— Paul Tournier
  10. “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
  11. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain
  12. “It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us, as the confidence of their help.” — Epicurus
  13. “Humor comes from self-confidence.” — Rita Mae Brown
  14. “Confidence comes from caring. Caring comes from love.” — Maxime Lagacé
  15. “Every woman that finally figured out her worth, has picked up her suitcases of pride and boarded a flight to freedom, which landed in the valley of change.” — Shannon L. Alder
  16. “Courage is the birthplace of confidence.” — Debbie Millman
  17. “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.” — Marie Curie
  18. “Of all our infirmities, the most savage is to despise our being.” — Michel de Montaigne
  19. “You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can’t have it.” ­— Robert Anthony
  20. “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.” — Harvey Fierstein
  21. “As is our confidence, so is our capacity.” — William Hazlitt
  22. “Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.” — Helen Keller
  23. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
  24. “I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” ­­— Maya Angelou
  25. “Think like a queen. A queen if not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” — Oprah

Funny Confidence Quotes

  1. “God give me the confidence of a mediocre white dude.” — Sarah Hagi
  2. “The bags under my eyes are Prada.” — Unknown
  3. “You were born to be real, not to be perfect.” — Unknown
  4. “Be a pineapple: stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside.” — Unknown
  5. “In a society that profits from your self-doubt, loving yourself is a rebellious act.” — Unknown
  6. “If you’re searching for that one person that will change your life, take a look in the mirror.” — Unknown
  7. “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
  8. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” ­­— Bernard Baruch
  9. “Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.” — Samuel Johnson
  10. “One advantage of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.” — A. A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh)
  11. “I don’t wear the opinions of others anymore, I learnt to dress myself.” — Nikki Rowe
  12. “You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” — Louise L. Hay
  13. “Above all, be true to yourself, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.” — Unknown
  14. “Accept who you are. Unless you’re a serial killer.” — Ellen DeGeneres
  15. “Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, “Oh crap, she’s up!’” — Unknown
  16. “Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.” — Lao Tzu
  17. “Don’t belittle yourself. Be BIG yourself.” — Corita Kent
  18. “I am a queen because I know how to govern myself.” — Lailah Gifty Akita
  19. “I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly.” — Oscar Wilde
  20. “I have an everyday religion that works for me. Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line.” — Lucille Ball
  21. “I think everybody’s weird. We should all celebrate our individuality and not be embarrassed or ashamed of it.” — Johnny Depp
  22. “If you end up with a boring, miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest, or some guy on television telling you how to do your shit, then you deserve it.” — Frank Zappa
  23. “It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love.” — Voltaire
  24. “It’s not your job to like me… it’s mine!” — Byron Katie
  25. “I’ve finally stopped running away from myself. Who else is there better to be?” — Golden Hawn
  26. “Let’s begin by taking a smallish nap or two.” — A.A. Milne
  27. “Loving yourself isn’t vanity. It’s sanity.” — Andre Gide
  28. “Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.” — Maxwell Maltz
  29. “People think, ‘Oh, I’m loving myself by sitting on this sofa for four hours.’ Love yourself enough to get up!” — Alison Sweeney
  30. “Self-love seems so often unrequited.” — Anthony Powell
  31. “The nicest thing about the rain is that it always stops. Eventually.” — A.A. Milne
  32. “The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.” — Mark Twain
  33. “The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself.” — Maya Angelou
  34. “The things that make me different are the things that make me me.” — A.A. Milne
  35. “We must fall in love with yourselves. I don’t like myself. I’m crazy about myself.” — Mae West
  36. “We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us.” — Virginia Satir
  37. “When I was around 18, I looked in the mirror and said, ‘You’re either going to love yourself or hate yourself.’ And I decided to love myself. That changed a lot of things.” — Queen Latifah
  38. “When life gives you lemons, squirt someone in the eye.” — Cathy Guisewite
  39. “When you realize your self-worth, you’ll stop giving people discounts.” — Unknown
  40. “Yes, I am weird, weird is good. Normal is overrated.” — Mad-D
  41. “Your problem is you’re… too busy holding onto your unworthiness.” — Ram Dass
  42. “You’re always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company.” — Diane von Fürstenberg

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