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





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)


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)


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")


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


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)


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


Some leaders are born women.


Geraldine Ferraro


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)


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


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


Nancy Hale


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


Shere Hite


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)


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


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


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


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


Violette Leduc


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,)


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)


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)


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


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


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


Kathleen Norris (1880-1966, American novelist)


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


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


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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


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


Why are we surprised when fig trees bear figs?


Margaret Tead


I can deal with adversity.


Mike Tyson (1966-, American boxer)


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


Embrace life, have confidence in yourself, take action.


Author Unknown


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


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


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


Thomas J. Vilord


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


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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