36 Confidence Motivational Quotes to Empower You

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Are you looking for a dose of confidence-boosting motivational quotes to inspire you?

Very few people have limitless self-confidence and those that have confidence have worked for years to build it. When you run your own business-like writers and bloggers do, it can take a long time to build up because life and the business world present challenges that chip away at it.

If you want to start a blog or transition to a job freelancing from home, you’ll have tough days where you need inspiration. You’ll have days that you doubt yourself and confidence can play a key role in your success.

While you can’t increase your confidence considerably overnight, there are ways you can boost it. Here are some confidence motivational quotes to help grow your confidence and empower you.


Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. -Helen Keller

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.

Eleanor Roosevelt

man standing on a rock with his hands in the air

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross


Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality, and duplicate it.Bruce Lee

It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes. 

Sally Field

The consciousness of knowing how to make oneself useful, how to help mankind in many ways, fills the soul with noble confidence, almost religious dignity. -Maria Montessori

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. 

Eleanor Roosevelt


Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory. -Diane Arbus

Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye. 

Helen Keller

You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do. –Eleanor Roosevelt


Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles, and less than perfect conditions. So what? Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident, and more and more successful. 

Mark Victor Hansen

If you hear a voice within you, say, ‘you cannot paint.’ Then, by all means, paint, and that voice will be silenced. -Vincent Van Gogh

The greatest mistake you can make in life is continually fearing that you’ll make one.

Elbert Hubbard

Wouldn’t it be powerful if you fell in love with yourself so deeply that you would do just about anything if you knew it would make you happy? This is precisely how much life loves you and wants you to nurture yourself. The deeper you love yourself, the more the universe will affirm your worth. Then you can enjoy a lifelong love affair that brings you the richest fulfillment from inside out.

Alan Cohen

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. –Lao Tzu

confidence motivational quotes JOHN DEWEY

People who have given us their complete confidence believe they have a right to ours. The inference is false; a gift confers no rights.

Friedrich Nietzsche
Elbert Hubbard Quote on red and purple sunset picture

Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy. -Lao Tzu

Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember – the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you. 

Zig Ziglar

If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. -Nora Roberts

confidence motivational quotes Anais Nin

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain


E. E. Cummings

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

Dr. Seuss


The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money. -James Madison

confidence motivational quotes Theodore Roosevelt


Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy.

Norman Vincent Peale

You yourself as much as anyone in the entire universe deserves your love and attention. -Buddha

confidence motivational quotes Dalai Lama


When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things. -Joe Namath

confidence motivational quotes stan smith

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

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


Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, 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 it at the beginning.

Mahatma Gandhi

If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you started. -Marcus Garvey


Confidence can be difficult to build, and many people struggle their whole lives to increase it. But confidence is often critical to our success. So, here are a few ways to pump yourself up so that the confidence you wear on the outside matches your inner badass.

  1. Stop Negative Thoughts in Their Tracks– We often speak negatively of ourselves without being aware that we’re doing it. You must be aware of negative self-talk. Even when you do it in gest, it chips away at our self-worth over time. Whenever you catch yourself saying something negative about yourself, squash it!

2.  Think positive– Replace those negative thoughts with positive ones. It may sound simple, but it’s incredibly powerful. Little by little, you’ll see amazing things happen. You’ll find yourself doing things you never thought you’d be able to.

3.  Always be generous and kind– Be generous to yourself and kind to others. Over time you’ll start to feel better about yourself because you’re a kind person. People will want to be around you more and soak up some of that happiness for themselves. It will raise your self-confidence!

4.  Get to Know Who You Are– Say what? Yep, you may think you know yourself, but you may not as well as you think you do. You can’t go into battle against an enemy without understanding that enemy, and in this case, the enemy is yourself. Listen to your thoughts, journal about those thoughts, and analyze why you have them. Are your limitations real or false ones you’ve erected with the lack of self-confidence? Identify the good things about you and all the things you do well. Little by little, you can improve your self-esteem.

These are just a few tips to boost your self-confidence so you can reach your true potential. Try to work on these suggestions and keep these quotes posted somewhere so you can take your power back and grow more confident than ever before.

Sometimes we are the only things holding us back from the rewards and happiness we desire. Take back control because, after all, there are many people who want to hear what you have to say and can benefit from your gifts and message.

Keep these confidence motivational quotes handy like affirmations so you can look at them when you have a bad day, and remember to keep your head held high. You are amazing and you will succeed!

E. E. Cummings quote on a picture of snow and trees

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2 thoughts on “36 Confidence Motivational Quotes to Empower You”

    1. Yes totally! I agree and it’s hard for me to turn off. But really don’t think about us normally as much as we think they do. Some people would think it’s selfish to worry about what someone thinks of them all the time. What do you think?

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