120 Quotes to Boost Your Self-Confidence!

Quotes about self-confidence to be repeated in order to imbibe positive thoughts and have a greater belief in yourself? This is what I offer you in this article!

This selection of the best self-confidence quotes comes in different categories. Those who have difficulty dealing with low self-esteem and dream of gaining in self-confidence will find motivating quotes. People who are more receptive to impactful phrases will take inspiration from short quotes on self-confidence. Those who have lost confidence in life and in their potential will discover in this article lots of beautiful quotes to restore a forgotten belief in oneself.


In addition, through these numerous self-confidence quotes, we will learn that self-confidence is certainly a major key to success and that it is good to distance ourselves from the ideals, thoughts, and projections of others in order to assert ourselves in our uniqueness. However, we will also stop feeling guilt while reading quotes and proverbs that tell us that being overconfident is not always a necessary condition for happiness

In any case, daring to move forward is the best way to develop self-confidence! So, let’s gain a new lease on life with these 120 self-confidence quotes to be read and reread to your heart’s content!

Short Quotes on Self-Confidence

  • “They can, because they think they can.”

– Virgil

  • “Who has self-confidence will lead the rest.”

– Horace

  • “To love is to succeed in giving the other person self-confidence.”

– Martin Gray

  • “With confidence, you have won before you have started.”

– Marcus Garvey

  • “Don’t give away your confidence, lend it.”

– François Proust

  • “Believe in yourself and others will believe in you.”

– Unknown Author

  • “If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having.”

– Joseph Kessel

  • “If you believe in yourself, you will inspire confidence in other people.”

– Goethe

  • “The moment you have faith in yourself, you will know how to live.”

– Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

  • “To have talent, you have to be convinced that you have it.”

– Gustave Flaubert

  • “Self-confidence is the first secret to success.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • “You don’t believe? You won’t be believed in.”

– Isaiah

  • “Believe in yourself, no one can stop who has self-confidence.”

– Simon de Bignicourt

  • “Humor comes from self-confidence.”

– Rita Mae Brown

  • “Confidence is the greatest intelligence.”

– Osho

  • “Self-esteem is the ability to be. Self-confidence is the ability to do.”

– David Laroche

  • “Self-confidence is the aversion to conformity.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • “Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.”

– Casandra Brené Brown

  • “Lack of self-confidence is proportional to the lack of power over yourself.”

– Isabelle Filliozat

  • “The first enemy to fight is inside of you. Often, it’s the only one.”

– Christine Orban

  • “It is the image we have of ourselves that makes our destiny.”

– Nathaniel Branden

  • “There is nothing like money to create courage and self-confidence!”

– Aldous Huxley

Positive Quotes to Regain Self-Confidence and Believe in Yourself


  • “Believe in your dreams and they may come true. Believe in yourself and they will surely come true.”

– Martin Luther King

  • “We know what we are but know not what we may be.”

– William Shakespeare

  • “Believe in yourself. Become the kind of person you will be happy to live with your entire life.”

– Golda Meir

  • “If you’re still looking for that person who will change your life, look in the mirror.”

– Unknown Author

  • “Believe in yourself and all that you are… Know that there is something inside of you that is greater than any obstacle.”

– Christian Larson

  • “Have faith in yourself, but also have faith in faith. Not faith as others define it. Faith as you define it yourself. Faith as you define it in your heart.”

Phil Knight

  • “We consolidate our confidence in ourselves when we accept and assume the consequences arising from our choices.”

– André Bienvenue

  • “You, as much as anyone in this universe, deserve your love and affection.”

– Buddha

  • “If you feel like you are too small to be able to change something, then try sleeping with a mosquito… and you will see which of the two prevents the other from sleeping.”

– Dalai Lama

  • “Every man becomes strong to the extent that he believes in his power. By constantly focusing our thoughts on good, we gain faith and confidence.”

– Jules Fiaux

  • “You will always be a precious and useful human being not because others say so, not because you are successful or because you have money. But because you know it deep inside and you decide to believe it.”

– Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

Quotes on Self-Confidence, Life, and the Future


  • “Accept what is, let go what was, trust what will be.”

– Buddha

  • “Go forward with confidence in the direction of your dreams and live the life you imagined.”

– Henry David Thoreau

  • “To exist is to jump into the water, to meet others and the world, these obstacles that we can turn into opportunities, provided you change your outlook. So, don’t have confidence in yourself. Rather, have confidence in everything your action can create by providing you with a point of contact with the world. Also, have confidence in your luck that the action can bring about. Have confidence in the men and women you meet, and who may give you ideas, advice, hope, and why not, love.”

– Charles Pépin

  • “To have self-confidence is to have confidence in life, to honor it and to serve it.”

– Jean Gastaldi

  • “Surrender to what is, let go of what was, trust in what will be.”

– Unknown Author

  • “There should be no regrets for the past, no remorse for the present, and unshakable confidence for the future.”

– Jean Jaurès

  • “It is having confidence in life that you measure yourself against the impossible.”

– Panait Istrati

Quotes on Lack of Self-Confidence


  • “He who lacks self-confidence is afraid of not succeeding, and also of succeeding.”

– Isabelle Filliozat

  • “If you doubt yourself, guess what? The rest of the world will too. Do not overestimate the competition and do not underestimate yourself.”

Tim Ferriss

  • “Lack of self-confidence is not being afraid of not succeeding; it is in reality not knowing how to lose, not being able to face failure, refusing to confront yourself and preferring to keep your negative beliefs about yourself. The more you take risks, the more you increase your self-confidence.”

– Isabelle Filliozat

  • “Discouragement is the loss of all faith, the loss of all self-confidence.”

– Henri-Frédéric Amiel

  • “Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.”

– Malcolm Forbes

  • “When we lack confidence, we keep quiet, we hide, we try to go unnoticed, while regretting that no one is paying attention to us! Either we put on a mask or we create a false personality.”

– Isabelle Filliozat

  • “In complete absence of self-confidence, respect and self-esteem, you cannot be a human being, not even an ordinary one.”

– Yasmina Khadra

  • “If we convince ourselves that we are no good, we will act under the influence of this thought and we will cause ourselves failure in our life. This will fuel the lack of self-confidence.”

– Nathaniel Branden

  • “It’s the lack of belief that keeps people from taking on challenges, and I believe in myself.”

– Muhammad Ali

  • “The main obstacle preventing the majority of people from succeeding is their lack of self-confidence.”

– Arthur Williams

  • “The best way to combat lack of self-confidence is through action.”

– Franck Nicolas

Quotes on Self-Confidence and Others


  • “The more you like your decisions, the less you need others to like them.”

– Franck Nicolas

  • “Believe in yourself and a day will come when others will have no choice but to believe in you.”

– Cynthia Kersey

  • “The people who most need the approval of others get the least of it. The people who need it the least, get the most of it.”

– Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

  • “To help someone, you need a lot of self-confidence, that is, having faith in the world.”

– Jean-Guy Rens

  • “The more you like your decisions, the less you need others to like them.”

– Unknown Author

  • “By always wanting to be loved by others, you lose the only essential love: that of yourself.”

– Catherine Enjolet

  • “Start to appreciate yourself and act in self-respect, and you will see the way others look at you change.”

– Franck Nicolas

  • “Having self-esteem is to be forgotten. Forget yourself and turn to everything else: others, life.”

Christophe André

  • “We don’t assert ourselves against but for. Not against others, but for yourself, for a person you defend, for an ideal… The goal is to make room for yourself, not to take the place of others. However, the frequent mistake, when trying to assert oneself, is to resort to aggressiveness.”

– Christophe André

  • “If there is someone around you who believes in you, in your ability to succeed in your project and makes you feel it when you see it, it will sweep away your doubts, and your fears will magically disappear. The confidence in yourself to which the person is testament will be contagious. It will give you the strength to succeed and give you the energy to move mountains.”

– Laurent Gounelle

Quotes on Self-Confidence and Leadership

  • “Leadership is about having confidence in yourself and giving confidence to those around you.”

– Nicolas de Tavernost

  • “It is the victorious mentality, the awareness of its power, the feeling of mastery, that does great things in this world.”

– Orison S. Marden

  • “Thinking for yourself – and maintaining your point of view – is the basis for assertiveness.”

– Nathaniel Branden

  • “A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because its confidence is not in the branch, but in its own wings.”

– Saying, Unknown Author

  • “Confidence doesn’t always come from being right, sometimes it comes from not being afraid of being wrong.”

– Peter T. McIntyre

  • “Self-confidence does not come when you have all the answers, but when you are ready to face all the questions.”

– Proverb

  • “You never know how strong you are until the day where being strong is the only choice.”

– Bob Marley

  • “You can have everything you want if you give up the belief that you can’t have it.”

– Dr. Robert Anthony

  • “Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside themselves was superior to circumstance.”

– Bruce Barton

  • “You are the most important person in your life!”

– Franck Nicolas

  • “Action fuels, shapes, and builds self-esteem. It is, along with social ties, one of two main elements that nourish it.”

– Christophe André

  • “Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself. Do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.”

– Bruce Lee

Quotes on Self-Confidence and Success

  • “One of the keys to success is self-confidence. One of the keys to self-confidence is preparation.”

– Arthur Ashe

  • “Confidence is an essential ingredient: without it, no project succeeds.”

– Eric Tabarly

  • “No matter what people think of you, you can succeed even if no one believes it. But you will never succeed if you don’t believe in yourself.”

– Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

  • “Self-confidence and the ability to stand up alone seem to me essential to succeed in our life. I’m not talking about stupid assurance, but an awareness of our inner potential, a certainty that we can always correct ourselves, improve, enrich ourselves, and that nothing is ever lost. ”

– Dalai Lama

  • “It was my vision that gave me confidence… I am convinced that if you have a clear vision of your objective, achieving it becomes easier.”

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

  • “Self-esteem will not replace the food we need to eat, or the roof we need above our heads, but because of it, it is likely that we will have this needed food and roof.”

– Nathaniel Branden

  • “A large part of my success is due to my ability to convince myself that I can achieve something, even if I don’t know anything about it.”

– Tony Robbins

  • “Never let anyone tell you what you can’t do. It’s up to you to choose and live your life.”

– Laurent Gounelle

  • “Imperturbable self-confidence is the first element of success.”

– Diane de Beausacq

  • “Having confidence is to have already achieved half of your next success.”

– Jean Gastaldi

Quotes on Self-Confidence, Work and Talent


  • “Self-confidence does not replace competence.”

– Olivier Lockert

  • “Self-confidence adds to the value of a talented man.”

– Thomas Hardy

  • “Self-confidence is the condition for boldness; you have to dare, to undertake, if you want to succeed.”

– Henri-Frédéric Amiel

  • “Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.”

– Samuel Johnson

  • “My confidence comes from daily work – my intense training day after day.”

– Hope Solo

  • “If being egocentric means that I believe in what I do, in my art and in my music, then you can call me egocentric. I believe in what I do, and I will proclaim it.”

– John Lennon

  • “Belief, the ‘I’m positive-I-can’ attitude, generates the power, skill, and energy needed to do. When you believe I-can-do-it, the how-to-do-it develops.”

– David J. Schwartz

  • “Confidence comes from discipline and experience.”

Robert T. Kiyosaki

  • “Confidence is a habit that can be developed by acting as if you already have it.”

– Brian Tracy

Quotes on Self-Confidence, Courage and Fear

  • “It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare to do them. It is because we dare not do them that they become difficult.”

– Seneca

  • “Self-confidence is the basis of courage, initiative, and enthusiasm.”

– Orison S. Marden

  • “Everything you always wanted is beyond your fear.”

– Georges Addair

  • “When two roads are available to us, following the path that dictates joy and not the one to which fear invites us allows us to strengthen our self-confidence every day.”

– Isabelle Filliozat

  • “Self-confidence means eliminating unnecessary fears from our life path.”

– Jean Gastaldi

  • “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

  • “Inaction leads to fear and doubt. Action leads to self-confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit at home and think about it. Get out there and get to work.”

Dale Carnegie

  • “Gaining confidence means advancing ‘on two feet’: one in your comfort zone, the other to venture outside. Gaining confidence is to silence the ‘coward’ that is inside. The one who bows down before standards and obstacles, unable to get up to say yes to life. Silence also the ‘soldier at attention’, the one who finds it easier to obey orders than his own desire.”

– Charles Pépin

  • “Having self-confidence is not being sure of yourself. It is finding the courage to face the uncertain, instead of fleeing it. Finding, in doubt and back against the wall, the strength to set forth.”

– Charles Pépin

Quotes on Self-Confidence and Happiness


  • “Having a low opinion of yourself is not ‘modesty’. It’s self-destruction. Holding your uniqueness in high regard is not ‘egotism’. It is the first condition for happiness and success.”

– Bobbe Sommer

  • “Self-confidence and happiness are consequences, not goals.”

– Isabelle Filliozat

– Nathaniel Branden

  • “Self-confidence alone is security. Your ability is your security. There is no security but you.”

– Ron Hubbard

  • “It’s the confidence in our bodies, brains, and minds that keeps us looking for new adventures.”

– Oprah Winfrey

  • “Self-esteem is based on three ingredients: self-confidence, self-vision, self-love. The right mix of each of these three is essential for achieving a healthy self-esteem.”

– Christophe André

  • “Loving yourself is the beginning of a long happy life.”

– Oscar Wilde

Quotes on Children’s Self-Confidence and on Building Self-Confidence

  • “To root our feeling of inner security, we needed mom’s arms, to build the feeling of confidence in our own person, we need her kind look, her respect and adequate permissions.”

Isabelle Filliozat

  • “Self-confidence is a permanent conquest of the unpredictable in life; it is not acquired once and for all, but it must be rejuvenated, rebuilt, confirmed and beautified each day, to be able to face both the mobility of an existence and the emergence of the unacceptable. ”

– Jacques Salomé

  • “Your belief in their potential is the most powerful self-confidence booster for your children.”

– Gisèle George

  • “When your child understands that they have value in the eyes of others, their self-esteem and self-confidence grows! They understand that they have a place in humanity and that they have a role to play.”

– Stéphanie Couturier

  • “The fact that others value me does not guarantee my self-esteem.”

– Nathaniel Branden

  • “Lack of self-confidence is not a life sentence. Like any other skill, self-confidence can be learned, practiced, and mastered; and once that has happened, your whole life will change for the better.”

– Barrie Davenport

  • “Self-confidence is the sum of the positive messages that we will have received and internalized: valuations, gratifications, confirmations of our qualities, our resources, our limits too, the various ways in which we have been encouraged to position ourselves, to assert ourselves, to better define ourselves .”

– Jacques Salomé

Quotes on “Too Much Self-Confidence”

  • “Despite our vital need for self-confidence, it is important to know how to distinguish arrogance from legitimate pride.”

– Dalai Lama

  • “While self-confidence gives strength, it gives even more illusions.”

– Anne Barratin

  • “Overconfidence invites danger.”

– Pierre Corneille

  • “Exaggerated self-confidence is synonymous with falling.”

– William of Britaine

  • “Self-confidence makes a fool; self-belief makes a great man.”

– Victor Hugo

  •  “Who has too much self-confidence makes mistakes, but who has too little confidence also makes mistakes.”

– Germaine de Staël

What about you, what is your favorite self-confidence quote? Which one helps you most to be confident? Don’t hesitate to share your quote with us!

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