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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.


  • 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.
  • you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
    • Steve Jobs, Address at Stanford University (12 June, 2005).
  • Ignorance and confidence are constant companions
  • Confidence is a plant of slow growth in an aged bosom.
  • I have confidence in fools... self-confidence is what my friends call it.
  • 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[edit]

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.
  • 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.
  • Ultima talis erit quæ mea prima fides.
  • 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.
  • Nusquam tuta fides.
    • Confidence is nowhere safe.
    • Virgil, Æneid (29-19 BC), IV, 373.

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