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97 Quotes About Confidence To Give Your Classroom a Boost

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Life can be tough. And it’s even tougher to face challenges when you don’t feel good about yourself. That’s exactly why we do our best to help our students feel strong and prepared for the obstacles they’ll face. Feel like everyone could use a little boost? Here are some quotes about confidence to share in the classroom.

Quotes About Confidence by Historical Figures

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt

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We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face … we must do that which we think we cannot. Eleanor Roosevelt

We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face ... we must do that which we think we cannot. —Eleanor Roosevelt- Quotes about Confidence

You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do. —Eleanor Roosevelt

You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do. —Eleanor Roosevelt- Quotes about Confidence

With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world. —The Dalai Lama

With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world. —The Dalai Lama- Quotes about Confidence

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

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- Quotes about Confidence

Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm. —Winston Churchill

Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm. —Winston Churchill- Quotes about Confidence

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 must be attained. Marie Curie

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 must be attained. —Marie Curie- Quotes about Confidence

Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye. —Helen Keller

Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye. —Helen Keller- Quotes about Confidence

Only the person who has faith in himself is able to be faithful to others. —Erich Fromm

Only the person who has faith in himself is able to be faithful to others. —Erich Fromm- Quotes about Confidence

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. —Helen Keller

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. —Helen Keller- Quotes about Confidence

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves. —Thomas Edison

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves. —Thomas Edison- Quotes about Confidence

Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can. —Paul Tournier

Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can. —Paul Tournier- Quotes about Confidence

Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think. —Benjamin Disraeli

Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think. —Benjamin Disraeli- Quotes about Confidence

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

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- Quotes about Confidence

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

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- Quotes about Confidence

Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable. —Coco Chanel

Success is most often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable. —Coco Chanel- Quotes about Confidence

If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. —Abraham Lincoln

If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. —Abraham Lincoln- Quotes about Confidence

I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time. —Anna Freud

I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time. —Anna Freud- Quotes about Confidence

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

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- Quotes about Confidence

Your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude. —Michelle Obama

Your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude. —Michelle Obama- Quotes about Confidence

Quotes About Confidence by Artists

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

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We all have our limitations, but when we listen to our critics, we also have theirs. —Robert Breault

We all have our limitations, but when we listen to our critics, we also have theirs. —Robert Breault- Quotes about Confidence

Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure. —Paulo Coelho

Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure. —Paulo Coelho- Quotes about Confidence

Quotes About Confidence by Authors

Accept who you are; and revel in it. —Mitch Albom

Accept who you are; and revel in it. —Mitch Albom- Quotes about Confidence

It generally happens that assurance keeps an even pace with ability. —Samuel Johnson

It generally happens that assurance keeps an even pace with ability. —Samuel Johnson- Quotes about Confidence

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. —E.E. Cummings

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. —e.e. cummings- Quotes about Confidence

I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it. —Maya Angelou

I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it. —Maya Angelou- Quotes about Confidence

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

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- Quotes about Confidence

The greatest mistake you can make in life is continually fearing that you’ll make one. —Elbert Hubbard

The greatest mistake you can make in life is continually fearing that you'll make one. —Elbert Hubbard- Quotes about Confidence

Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape. —Bell Hooks

Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape. —bell hooks- Quotes about Confidence

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

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

Humor comes from self-confidence. —Rita Mae Brown

Humor comes from self-confidence. —Rita Mae Brown- Quotes about Confidence

The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it. —J. M. Barrie

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Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot. —Truman Capote

Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot. —Truman Capote

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings. —Samuel Johnson

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings. —Samuel Johnson- Quotes about Confidence

The more validation I need, the less discernment I have. —Kurt Hanks

The more validation I need, the less discernment I have. —Kurt Hanks- Quotes about Confidence

It is best to act with confidence, no matter how little right you have to it. Lillian Hellman

It is best to act with confidence, no matter how little right you have to it. —Lillian Hellman

It’s not the lack of ability or opportunity that holds you back; it is only a lack of confidence in yourself. —Richard Monckton Milnes

It's not the lack of ability or opportunity that holds you back; it is only a lack of confidence in yourself. —Richard Monckton Milnes- Quotes about Confidence

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you. —Ralph Waldo Emerson- Quotes about Confidence

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

If I have lost confidence in myself, I have the universe against me. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

If I have lost confidence in myself, I have the universe against me. —Ralph Waldo Emerson- Quotes about Confidence

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

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If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. —Nora Roberts

If you don't ask, the answer is always no. —Nora Roberts- Quotes about Confidence

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live. —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live. —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe- Quotes about Confidence

I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship. —Louisa May Alcott

I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship. —Louisa May Alcott- Quotes about Confidence

Skill and confidence are an unconquered army. —George Herbert

Skill and confidence are an unconquered army. —George Herbert

As is our confidence, so is our capacity. —William Hazlitt

As is our confidence, so is our capacity. —William Hazlitt- Quotes about Confidence

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. —Dale Carnegie

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. —Dale Carnegie- Quotes about Confidence

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are. —Anais Nin

We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are. —Anais Nin

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

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- Quotes about Confidence

Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth. —Rumi

Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth. —Rumi- Quotes about Confidence

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

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

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

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- Quotes about Confidence

Learning too soon our limitations, we never learn our powers. —Mignon McLaughlin

Learning too soon our limitations, we never learn our powers. —Mignon McLaughlin- Quotes about Confidence

Once you become self-conscious, there is no end to it; once you start to doubt, there is no room for anything else. —Mignon McLaughlin

Once you become self-conscious, there is no end to it; once you start to doubt, there is no room for anything else. —Mignon McLaughlin

The confidence which we have in ourselves gives birth to much of that which we have in others. —Francois de la Rochefoucauld

The confidence which we have in ourselves gives birth to much of that which we have in others. —Francois de la Rochefoucauld- Quotes about Confidence

Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they’re yours.—Richard Bach

Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they're yours.—Richard Bach- Quotes about Confidence

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. —Oscar Wilde

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. —Oscar Wilde

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance. —Bruce Barton

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance. —Bruce Barton- Quotes about Confidence

Quotes About Confidence by Philosophers

Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her. Laozi

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Kindness in words creates confidence. —Laozi

Kindness in words creates confidence. —Laozi

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. —Buddha

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. —Buddha- Quotes about Confidence

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

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

The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself. —Michel de Montaigne

The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself. —Michel de Montaigne- Quotes about Confidence

Confidence is directness and courage in meeting the facts of life. —John Dewey

Confidence is directness and courage in meeting the facts of life. —John Dewey- Quotes about Confidence

It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us, as the confidence of their help. —Epicurus

It is not so much our friends' help that helps us, as the confidence of their help. —Epicurus

Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honorable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself. —Cicero

Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honorable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself. —Cicero- Quotes about Confidence

Quotes About Confidence by Celebrities

Don’t waste your energy trying to change opinions. … Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it. Tina Fey

Don't waste your energy trying to change opinions. ... Do your thing, and don't care if they like it. —Tina Fey- Quotes about Confidence

Always be yourselfexpress yourself, have faith in yourself. Do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it. —Bruce Lee

Always be yourself—express yourself, have faith in yourself. Do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it. —Bruce Lee

One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation. —Arthur Ashe

One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation. —Arthur Ashe- Quotes about Confidence

Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. —Christopher Robin

Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. —Christopher Robin- Quotes about Confidence

It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes. —Sally Field

It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else's eyes. —Sally Field

You have no control over other people’s taste, so focus on staying true to your own. —Tim Gunn

You have no control over other people's taste, so focus on staying true to your own. —Tim Gunn- Quotes about Confidence

Of all our infirmities, the most savage is to despise our being. —Michel de Montaigne

Of all our infirmities, the most savage is to despise our being. —Michel de Montaigne

One’s self-image is very important because if that’s in good shape, then you can do anything, or practically anything. —John Gielgud

One's self-image is very important because if that's in good shape, then you can do anything, or practically anything. —John Gielgud

Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. —Lucille Ball

Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. —Lucille Ball- Quotes about Confidence

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

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

Quotes About Confidence by Athletes

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. —John Wooden

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. —John Wooden

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

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- Quotes about Confidence

You’ve got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference. —Chris Evert

You've got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference. —Chris Evert

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

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

When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things. —Joe Namath

When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things. —Joe Namath- Quotes about Confidence

Confidence is the most important single factor in this game, and no matter how great your natural talent, there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work. —Jack Nicklaus

Confidence is the most important single factor in this game, and no matter how great your natural talent, there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work. —Jack Nicklaus

Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence. —Vince Lombardi

Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence. —Vince Lombardi

Other Quotes About Confidence

Trust yourselfyou know more than you think you do. —Benjamin Spock

Trust yourself—you know more than you think you do. —Benjamin Spock- Quotes about Confidence

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

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

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. —David Brinkley

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. —David Brinkley

You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can’t have it. —Robert Anthony

You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can't have it. —Robert Anthony- Quotes about Confidence

With confidence, you have won before you have started. —Marcus Garvey

With confidence, you have won before you have started. —Marcus Garvey

Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result but the cause of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all. —Norman Vincent Peale

Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result but the cause of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all. —Norman Vincent Peale

Control your own destiny or someone else will. —Jack Welch

Control your own destiny or someone else will. —Jack Welch- Quotes about Confidence

I quit being afraid when my first venture failed and the sky didn’t fall down. —Al Neuharth

I quit being afraid when my first venture failed and the sky didn't fall down. —Al Neuharth

It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. —Edmund Hillary

It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. —Edmund Hillary

First thing every morning before you arise, say out loud, I believe. —Norman Vincent Peale

First thing every morning before you arise, say out loud, I believe. —Norman Vincent Peale- Quotes about Confidence

The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely. C.G. Jung

The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely. —C.G. Jung

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