Confidence is generally described as a state of being certain either that a hypothesis or prediction is correct or that a chosen course of action is the best or most effective.
- Danger breeds best on too much confidence.
- Pierre Corneille, in Le Cid (1636).
- Confidence is a good name for what is intended by the term directness. It should not be confused, however, with self-confidence which may be a form of self-consciousness — or of "cheek." Confidence is not a name for what one thinks or feels about his attitude it is not reflex. It denotes the straightforwardness with which one goes at what he has to do. It denotes not conscious trust in the efficacy of one's powers but unconscious faith in the possibilities of the situation. It signifies rising to the needs of the situation.
- As is our confidence, so is our capacity.
- William Hazlitt, in Characteristics (1823).
- Ignorance and confidence are constant companions
- John McAfee, Into the Heart of Truth (2001).
- Confidence is a plant of slow growth in an aged bosom.
- William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, speech, Jan. 14, 1766, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
- I have confidence in fools... self-confidence is what my friends call it.
- Edgar Allan Poe, Marginalia (November 1844).
- Confidence... thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live.
- Arrogance is a killer, and wearing ambition on one's sleeve can have the same effect. There is a fine line between arrogance and self-confidence. Legitimate self-confidence is a winner. The true test of self-confidence is the courage to be open—to welcome change and new ideas regardless of their source. Self-confident people aren't afraid to have their views challenged. They relish the intellectual combat that enriches ideas.
- Jack Welch, Jack: Straight from the Gut, Chapter 24 (2001).
- Life for both sexes — and I looked at them, shouldering their way along the pavement — is arduous, difficult, a perpetual struggle. It calls for gigantic courage and strength. More than anything, perhaps, creatures of illusion as we are, it calls for confidence in oneself. Without self-confidence we are as babes in the cradle.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 129.
- Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honourable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself.
- Cicero, Rhetorical Invention.
- I see before me the statue of a celebrated minister, who said that confidence was a plant of slow growth. But I believe, however gradual may be the growth of confidence, that of credit requires still more time to arrive at maturity.
- Benjamin Disraeli, speech (Nov. 9, 1867).
- La confiance que l'on a en soi fait naître la plus grande partie de celle que l'on a aux autres.
- The confidence which we have in ourselves gives birth to much of that which we have in others.
- François de La Rochefoucauld, Premier Supplément, 49.
- He that wold not when he might,
He shall not when he wold-a.
- Thomas Percy, Reliques, The Baffled Knight, Stanza 14.
- Ultima talis erit quæ mea prima fides.
- My last confidence will be like my first.
- Sextus Propertius, Elegiæ, II, 20, 34.
- Your wisdom is consum'd in confidence.
Do not go forth to-day.
- I would have some confidence with you that decerns you nearly.
- Confidence is conqueror of men; victorious both over them and in them;
The iron will of one stout heart shall make a thousand quail:
A feeble dwarf, dauntlessly resolved, will turn the tide of battle,
And rally to a nobler strife the giants that had fled.
- Martin Farquhar Tupper, Proverbial Philosophy, Of Faith, line 11.