100+ Confidence Quotes And Sayings To Boost Your Morale

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

December 11, 2019 Updated April 12, 2021

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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.

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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  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. “God give me the confidence of a mediocre white dude.” — Sarah Hagi
  6. “Your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude.” — Michelle Obama
  7.  “If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.” — Nora Roberts
  8. “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
  9. “Life is 10 percent what you experience and ninety percent how you respond to it.” ― Dorothy M. Neddermeyer
  10.  “Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” — Coco Chanel
  11. “Never dull your shine for somebody else.” — Tyra Banks
  12. “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
  13. “As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.”  — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  14. “Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.” ­— Paul Tournier
  15. “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
  16. “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
  17. “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” — Oscar Wilde
  18. “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
  19. “Confidence is directness and courage in meeting the facts of life.” — John Dewey
  20. “Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing.” — Theodore Roosevelt
  21. “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” — Lucille Ball
  22. “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 Gandhi
  23. “Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they’re yours.” — Richard Bach
  24. “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” — Helen Keller
  25. “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
  26. “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” — Anais Nin
  27. “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
  28. “Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” — e. e. cummings
  29.  “Always be yourself — express yourself, have faith in yourself. Do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.” — Bruce Lee
  30. “Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” — Rumi
  31. “The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.” ― C.G. Jung
  32. “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
  33. “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
  34. “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
  35. “Of all our infirmities, the most savage is to despise our being.” — Michel de Montaigne
  36. “You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can’t have it.” ­— Robert Anthony
  37. “Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.” — Samuel Johnson
  38. “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” — Edmund Hillary
  39. “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” — John Wooden
  40. “As is our confidence, so is our capacity.” — William Hazlitt
  41. “One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” — Arthur Ashe
  42. “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
  43. “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
  44. “Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.” — Helen Keller
  45. “Trust yourself–you know more than you think you do.” — Benjamin Spock
  46. “Think like a queen. A queen if not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” — Oprah
  47. “The greatest mistake you can make in life is continually fearing that you’ll make one.” — Elbert Hubbard
  48. “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
  49. “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
  50. “You are the only person on earth who can use your ability.” — Zig Ziglar
  51. “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
  52. “When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.” — Joe Namath
  53.  “Learning too soon our limitations, we never learn our powers.” — Mignon McLaughlin
  54. “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
  55. “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
  56. “Have confidence that if you have done a little thing well, you can do a bigger thing well too.” — David Storey
  57. “If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” — Thomas Edison
  58. “You have no control over other people’s taste, so focus on staying true to your own.” ­— Tim Gunn
  59. “Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.” — George Herbert
  60.  “Accept who you are; and revel in it.” — Mitch Albom
  61. “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
  62. “Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.” — Bruce Barton
  63.  “We all have our limitations, but when we listen to our critics, we also have theirs.” — Robert Breault
  64. “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
  65. “The confidence which we have in ourselves give birth to much of that which we have in others.” — Francois de la Rochefoucauld
  66. “Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot.” — Truman Capote
  67. “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
  68. “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
  69. “With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.” — Dalai Lama
  70. “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
  71. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” — Mark Twain
  72. “Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.” — Benjamin Disraeli
  73. “The more validation I need, the less discernment I have.” — Kurt Hanks
  74. “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
  75.  “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” — David BrinkleyRELATED: 100+ Eckhart Tolle Quotes That Will Seriously Enlighten You


  76. “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  77. “Don’t live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable.” — Wendy Wasserstein
  78. “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
  79. “Self-confidence is the memory of success.” — David Storey
  80. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
  81. “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
  82. “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.” — Henry Ford
  83. “With confidence, you have won before you have started.” — Marcus Garvey
  84. “If you really put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price.” — Author Unknown
  85. “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” — Michael Jordan
  86. “Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.” — Paulo Coelho
  87. “Confidence is preparation.  Everything else is beyond your control.” — Richard Kline
  88.  “Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.” — Vince Lombardi
  89. “Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honorable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself.” — Cicero
  90. “I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” ­­— Maya Angelou
  91. “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.” ­— George Washington
  92. “It is best to act with confidence, no matter how little right you have to it.” ­­— Lillian Hellman
  93. “Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  94.  “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
  95. “You’ve got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference.” — Chris Evert
  96. “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
  97.  “It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us, as the confidence of their help.” — Epicurus
  98.  “Humor comes from self-confidence.” — Rita Mae Brown
  99. “Confidence comes from caring. Caring comes from love.” — Maxime Lagacé 
  100. “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
  101. “Courage is the birthplace of confidence.” — Debbie Millman