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





I have nothing to prove to anyone. I only play for myself.


Michelle Pfeiffer


I have great faith in fools; My friends call it self-confidence.


Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845, American poet, critic, short-story writer)


Every failure made me more confident. Because I wanted even more to achieve as revenge. To show that I could.


Roman Polanski (1933-, Polish film, director)


Calm self-confidence is as far from conceit as the desire to earn a decent living is remote from greed.


Channing Pollock (1946-, American actor)


I've always been independent, and I don't see how it conflicts with femininity.


Sylvia Porter


Do not be excessively timid or excessively confident.


Cuban Proverb (Sayings of Cuban origin)


He helps little that helps not himself.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


Assurance is two-thirds of success.


Gaelic Proverb (Sayings of Gaelic origin)


Assurance is two-thirds of success.


Gaelic Proverb (Sayings of Gaelic origin)


The bridge between joy and sorrow is not long. Confidence begets confidence.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


Believe that with your feelings and your work you are taking part in the greatest; the more strongly you cultivate this belief, the more will reality and the world go forth from it.


Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926, German poet)


If you are prepared, then you are able to feel confident.


Robert J. Ringer (American writer)


I felt a comedy ego beginning to grow, which gave me the courage to begin tentatively looking into myself for material.


Joan Rivers (1933-, American comedian, talk show host, actress)


I do believe I am special. My special gift is my vision, my commitment, and my willingness to do whatever it takes.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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I know how to do anything -- I'm a mom.




I believe in me more than anything in this world.


Wilma Rudolph (1940-1994, American track athlete)


Watch my dust.


Babe Ruth (1895-1948, American baseball player)


Confidence awakens confidence.


Friedrich Von Sachsen


It is easy -- terribly easy -- to shake a man's faith in himself. To take advantage of that to break a man's spirit is devil's work.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


Whatever you want in life, other people are going to want it too. Believe in yourself enough to accept the idea that you have an equal right to it.


Diane Sawyer (1945-, American TV personality)


There's one blessing only, the source and cornerstone of beatitude -- confidence in self.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


Where there is woman, there is magic.


Ntozake Shange


Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it.


Stan Smith (1946-, American tennis player)


In tribulation immediately draw near to God with confidence, and you will receive strength, enlightenment, and instruction.


St. John of the Cross (1542-1591, Spanish Christian mystic and poet)


Confidence is the result of hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication.


Roger Staubach (1942-, American football player)


Each arc of color may be lovely to behold, but it is the full spectrum of our woman rainbow that glows with the brightest promise of better things to come.


Merlin Stone


Have confidence that if you have done a little thing well, you can do a bigger thing well too.


David Storey (1933-, British novelist, playwright)


Confidence is the bond of friendship.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


Why are we surprised when fig trees bear figs?


Margaret Tead


When you engage in systematic, purposeful acting, using and stretching your abilities to the maximum, you cannot help but feel positive and confident about yourself.


Brian Tracy (1944-, Canadian-born American trainer, speaker, author, businessman)

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I can deal with adversity.


Mike Tyson (1966-, American boxer)


I always thought I could play pro ball. I had confidence in my ability, You have to. If you don't, who will?


Johnny Unitas (1933-, American football player)


There is a difference between conceit and confidence. Conceit is bragging about yourself. Confidence means you believe you can get the job done.


Johnny Unitas (1933-, American football player)


Believe in a hope that a new hope is dawning...believe that your dreams will come true... believe in the promise of brighter tomorrows... begin by believing in you.


Author Unknown


Believing that you can is half the battle.


Author Unknown


Champions believe in themselves, even if no one else does.


Author Unknown


Confidence and courage come through preparation and practice.


Author Unknown


Confidence is the feeling you have before you understand the situation.


Author Unknown


Courage comes from wanting to do it well. Security comes from knowing you can do it well. Confidence comes from having done it well.


Author Unknown


Embrace life, have confidence in yourself, take action.


Author Unknown


God knows best; he hasn't arranged your anatomy so as to make it easy for you to pat yourself on the back.


Author Unknown


He has riches enough who needs neither to borrow nor flatter.


Author Unknown


The values of the Walt Disney company: The four C s: Curiosity, Confidence, Courage, Consistency, and the greatest of these is Confidence.


Author Unknown


To achieve, you must believe something and want something with all your might. Then you must be willing to commit yourself to a course.


Author Unknown


True prosperity is the result of well-placed confidence in ourselves and our fellow man.


Author Unknown


Who ever does not respect confidence will never find happiness in their path.


Author Unknown


If anyone else can do it, or make it in life, so can I.


Thomas J. Vilord


Expect to succeed even before you start. All winners, no matter what their game, start with the expectations that they are going to succeed. Winners say, "I want to do this and I CAN do this", not "I would like to do this, but I don't think I can".


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

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Confidence is a lot of this game or any game. If you don't think you can, you won't.


Jerry West


Your real security is yourself.You know you can do it, and they can't ever take that away from you.


Mae West (1892-1980, American actress)


Do not attempt to do a thing unless you are sure of yourself; but do not relinquish it simply because someone else is not sure of you.


Stewart E. White


There is nothing Madison Avenue can give us that will make us more beautiful women. We are beautiful because God created us that way.


Marianne Williamson (1952-, American author, lecturer on spirituality)


I argue that we deserve the choice to do whatever we want with our faces and bodies without being punished by an ideology that is using attitudes, economic pressure, and even legal judgments regarding women's appearance to undermine us psychologically and politically.


Naomi Wolf (1962-, American author)


Women have always been the guardians of wisdom and humanity which makes them natural, but usually secret, rulers.


Charlotte Wolff


Life for both sexes is arduous, difficult, a perpetual struggle. More than anything... it calls for confidence in oneself...And how can we generate this imponderable quality most quickly? By thinking that other people are inferior to oneself.


Virginia Woolf (1882-1941, British novelist, essayist)


Without self-confidence we are as babes in the cradles. And how can we generate this imponderable quality, which is yet so invaluable most quickly? By thinking that other people are inferior to oneself.


Virginia Woolf (1882-1941, British novelist, essayist)


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