An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Ninety-two percent of the stuff told you in confidence you couldn't get anyone else to listen to.


Franklin P. Adams (1881-1960, American journalist, humorist)


Mere bashfulness without merit is awkwardness.


Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British essayist, poet, statesman)


It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believe in myself.


Muhammad Ali (1942-, American boxer)


The most important thing is to know that you can do it.


Robert G. Allen


The most important thing is to know that you can do it.


Robert G. Allen


Oh, yes. I'd do it all again; the spirit is willing yet; I feel the same desire to do the work but the flesh is weak. It's too bad that our bodies wear out while our interests are just as strong as ever.


Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906, American social reformer and women's suffrage leader)


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


Arthur Ashe (1943-1993, African-American tennis player)


He who believes in nobody knows that he himself is not to be trusted.


Red Auerbach (1917-, American basketball coach)


I often marvel how it is that though each man loves himself beyond all else, he should yet value his own opinion of himself less than that of others.


Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)


I've never had a humble opinion in my life. If you're going to have one, why bother to be humble about it?


Joan Baez (1941-, American singer, songwriter)


I'm not funny. What I am is brave.


Lucille Ball (1911-1989, American actress, producer)


I'm a real pussycat -- with an iron tail.


Rona Barrett (1936-, American actress)


Let women be provided with living strength of their own.


Simone De Beauvoir (1908-1986, French novelist, essayist)


The gain in self-confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labour is immense.


Arnold Bennett (1867-1931, British novelist)


Self-distrust is the cause of most of our failure. In the assurance of strength there is strength, and, they are the weakest, however strong, who have no faith in themselves or their powers.


John Christian Bovee (1820-1904, American author, lawyer)


What's the worst thing that can happen to a quarterback? He loses his confidence.


Terry Bradshaw (1948-, American football player, sports commentator)


Self-confidence is either a petty pride in our own narrowness, or the realization of our duty and privilege as God's children.


Phillips Brooks (1835-1893, American minister, poet)


Women who are confident of their abilities are more likely to succeed than those who lack confidence, even though the latter may be much more competent and talented and industrious.


Dr. Joyce Brothers (1927-, American psychologist, television and radio personality)


Whether there are innately female leadership styles ... is not really the right question. It is more important to ask why there has been so little attention paid to women leaders over the years as well as why the styles of leading more often exhibited by women are particularly useful at this critical moment in history.


Charlotte Bunch


To be confident is to act in faith.


Bernard Bynion


Believe you will be successful and you will.


Dale Carnegie (1888-1955, American trainer, author, "How to Win Friends and Influence People")


I build confidence when I practice a variety of shots -- hitting it high or low, working the ball. A lot of golfers go to the range and just hit full shots. That doesn't build on-course confidence, because you won't always hit full shots out there. My confidence is built on knowing I can effectively work the ball in any circumstance.


JoAnne Carner (1939-, American golfer)


If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can't accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.


Rosalynn Carter


When a just cause reaches its flood-tide, as ours has done..., whatever stands in the way must fall before its overwhelming power.


Carrie Chapman Catt


Confidence is a plant of slow growth in an aged heart.


William Pitt Chatham (1708 -1778, British statesman)


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


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


The mansion should not be graced by its master, the master should grace the mansion.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


No one who deserves confidence ever solicits it.


John Churton Collins


The army commander of a large State may be carried off, but the will of even a common man cannot be taken from him.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


Danger breeds best on too much confidence.


Pierre Corneille (1606-1684, French dramatist)


Your sole contribution to the sum of things is yourself.


Frank Crane (American actor)


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.


Madame Marie Curie (1867-1934, Polish-born French physicist)


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


John Dewey (1859-1952, American philosopher, educator)


A good sweat, with the blood pounding through my body, makes me feel alive, revitalized. I gain a sense of mastery and assurance. I feel good about myself. Then I can feel good about others.


Arthur Dobrin


They conquer who believe they can.


John Dryden (1631-1700, British poet, dramatist, critic)


Creativity means believing you have greatness.


Wayne Dyer (1940-, American  psychotherapist, author, lecturer)

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If there be a faith that can move mountains, it is faith in one's own power.


Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach


The human heart, at whatever age, opens only to the heart that opens in return.


Maria Edgeworth (1767-1849, British writer)


I don't feel any pressure. I just try to stay calm, follow my game plan, and try not to get overthrown.


Dwight Gooden


Some leaders are born women.


Geraldine Ferraro


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 the capacity at the beginning.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


The history of the world is full of men who rose to leadership, by sheer force of self-confidence, bravery and tenacity.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


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.


Marcus Garvey


Champions know that success is inevitable, that there is no such thing as failure, only feedback. They know that the best way to forecast the future is to create it.


Michael J. Gelb (American peak performance expert, author, trainer)


I truly believe that women of my generation can bring a new cleansing element to American public life.


Georgie Anne Geyer


Self-confidence is the result of a successfully survived risk.


Jack Gibb


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


John Gielgud


Once, power was considered a masculine attribute. In fact, power has no sex.


Katherine Graham


Believe in yourself and you will be unstoppable.


Emily Guay


Winning breeds confidence and confidence breeds winning.


Hubert Green (1937-, American golfer)


Your father used to say, "Never give away your work. People don't value what they don't have to pay for."


Nancy Hale


We have to serve ourselves many years before we gain our own confidence.


Henry S. Haskins


As is our confidence, so is our capacity.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


Every family is a "normal" family -- no matter whether it has one parent, two, or no children at all.


Shere Hite


A decent boldness ever meets with friends.


Homer (c. 850 -? BC, Greek epic poet)


I never think that there's something I can't do, whether it's beating my opponent one on one or practicing another hour because something about my game is just not right.


Earvin "Magic" Johnson (1959-, American basketball player)


The confidence we have in ourselves arises in a great measure from that which we have in others.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


The confidence which we have in ourselves gives birth to much of that which we have in others.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Those who believe that they are exclusively in the right are generally those who achieve something.


Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author)


Measure yourself by your best moments, not by your worst. We are too prone to judge ourselves by our moments of despondency and depression.


Robert Johnson


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


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


There can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history.


Sonia Johnson


Once I get the ball, you're at my mercy. There is nothing you can say or do about it. I own the ball


Michael Jordan (1963-, American basketball player, actor)


I don't think being an athlete is unfeminine. I think of it as a kind of grace.


Jackie Joyner-Kersee (1962-, American track athlete)


Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.


Barbara Kingsolver


Confidence is preparation. Everything else is beyond your control.


Richard Kline


The confidence in another man's virtue is no light evidence of a man's own, and God willingly favors such a confidence.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


Silence is the safest course for any man to adopt who distrust himself.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Class is an aura of confidence that is being sure without being cocky. Class has nothing to do with money. Class never runs scared. It is self-discipline and self-knowledge. It's the sure footedness that comes with having proved you can meet life.


Ann Landers (1918-, American advice columnist)


I was and I always shall be hampered by what I think other people will say.


Violette Leduc


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


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


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


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


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


Chris Evert Lloyd (1954-, American tennis player)


Confidence is contagious and so is lack of confidence, and a customer will recognize both.


Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, American football coach)


A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.


Lazarus Long


I define sexy as a real salt-of-the-earth woman who knows who she is, who feels strong and powerful.


Andie MacDowell


I always thought I should be treated like a star.


Madonna (1958-, American musician, singer, actress,)


Confidence is courage at ease.


Daniel Maher


There can be no great courage where there is no confidence or assurance, and half the battle is in the conviction that we can do what we undertake.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


We advance on our journey only when we face our goal, when we are confident and believe we are going to win out.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


Smile, for everyone lacks self-confidence and more than any other one thing a smile reassures them.


Andre Maurois (1885-1967, French writer)


I think it's the mark of a great player to be confident in tough situations.


John McEnroe (1959-, American tennis player)


I wish I was as cocksure of anything as Tom Macaulay is of everything.


Lord Melbourne (1779-1848, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Perhaps I am stronger than I think.


Thomas Merton (1915-1968, American religious writer, poet)


Confidence in another person's virtue is no light evidence of your own.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


True it is that she who escapeth safe and unpolluted from out the school of freedom, giveth more confidence of herself than she who cometh sound out of the school of severity and restraint.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


Confidence is a very fragile thing.


Joe Montana (1956-, American football player)


Women are not inherently passive or peaceful. We're not inherently anything but human.


Robin Morgan (1941-, American feminist author, poet)


Show me a man with head held high and I'll show you a man who can't get used to bifocals.


Morse Telegraph Newsletter


I've always had confidence. It came because I have lots of initiative. I wanted to make something of myself.


Eddie Murphy (1961-, American actor, comedian, producer)


If you have confidence you have patience. Confidence, that is everything.


Ilie Nastase (1946-, Romanian tennis player)


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 (1940-, American golfer)


Never in the history of the big, round world has anything like us occurred.


Kathleen Norris (1880-1966, American novelist)


Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.


Michael O'Brien


People are slow to claim confidence in undertakings of magnitude.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


You need to play with supreme confidence, or else you'll lose again, and then losing becomes a habit.


Joe Paterno (1926-, American football coach)


The most vital quality a soldier can possess is self-confidence.


George S. Patton (1885-1945, American army general during World War II)


Only trust thyself, and another shall not betray thee.


William Penn (1644-1718, British religious leader, founder of Pennsylvania)


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