quotes about confidence

50+ Inspiring Quotes about Confidence and Authenticity

In today’s world, so many of us struggle with confidence. There are so many stories we are being told about who we should be, what we should look like, and what we need to do in order to be seen as worthy.

It can be draining for your energy to constantly be striving for the success that the world says we should be seeking. Additionally, we put so much pressure on ourselves based on the narrative of what our life should look like. We hold personal checklists on what it is to be a mother, a wife, a women, based on our history.

This can be quite discouraging! In these moments we need to have a ready list of affirmations, quotes, and words of encouragement that will help you feel amazingly confident in yourself as a woman. Let’s dive in to these amazing quotes about confidence.

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How to be confident in yourself quotes

Many of us struggle with the thought of being confident because in many ways the person we consider as confident also holds an air of arrogance. When we consider having confidence in ourselves we must understand that confidence is not the same as arrogance. Often times our confidence levels are so low that we show our insecurity through arrogance.

We pretend to be confident when in fact we hold very little confidence in ourselves. It is vital that we learn how to be confident but still remain humble. Humility can be found within the balance of gratitude and knowing your worthiness as a human being — even if you are struggling in certain areas and feel it might never get better!

The following quotes about being confident should encourage you to walk in humility and confidence:

“Stay true to yourself, your beliefs and what makes you happy. If you are honest with yourself, you have freed yourself of the need to impress other people.” ―Sheree Fletcher

“Be your own best friend. No one knows you better than you do. When you talk to yourself, listen with compassion and understanding.”  ―Mel Robbins

“Believe in yourself, and the rest will fall into place.” -Aristotle

“Be patient with yourself and realize that it is a process.”- Nikki Osterman

“Do something nice for yourself once a day to remind yourself of what you are capable of.” – Dr. Carol Graham Lipski, Ph.D.

“I am enough just as I am. Nothing in the world can make me feel otherwise.”- Marianne Williamson

“It’s how you handle yourself when times are tough that defines your character.” -Author Unknown

“The secret to happiness is to stop comparing your life with other people’s lives, and start comparing it with your own life.” -Katharine Hepburn 

“Be happy for what you have because when you realize what the world has given you, you will be content with so little.” -Myrtle Jones 

See Also: 20 Powerful “I Am” Affirmations from the Bible

Quotes about confidence and courage

Confidence and courage go together like peanut butter and jelly. They are different sides of the same coin and work in tandem with each other. We can all find the courage to do things that we may feel to be quite challenging, such as standing up to someone who is mean and disrespectful or going into a job interview knowing it will be very intimidating for us.

Confidence provides us with the courage to speak our truth, even when it’s hard. Confidence helps us follow our dreams that only we can create in life. These quotes about confidence and courage can encourage you when you get ready to step out in faith and do hard things.

“Be bold and courageous. If you wistfully desire a better life, proclaim that life out loud, act as if that life is already real.” -Unknown

“Be brave enough to live creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.” -Alan Alda

Be courageous enough to say, “If I made it through this hard time, I can take the next hard experiences and win the race.” – Undoubted Grace

“I am confident that I can accomplish whatever I may undertake. I am prepared to battle untiringly to reach my objective even though it be uphill all the way.” -Ludwig Van Beethoven

“I stand here on the edge of the future, with one foot in the past; I look forward with faith and confidence to what bright tomorrow may bring.” -Abigail Adams

You are not necessarily born with courage, but you came to this world with potential, and through consistency, you can make a difference. – Undoubted Grace

“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

“Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.” -Bill Clinton

“The secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up. There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” – Edith Wharton

Have courage and confidence in your ability and then be strong enough to follow through. – Undoubted Grace

Quotes about confidence and beauty

One of the spaces that many women feel a lack of confidence in is in the space of beauty. I for one struggled prior to having my daughter with lack of confidence in my physical appearance, and the baby weight that just became weight didn’t help. Society tells us that in order to be confident we must be beautiful, and we accept that because we are not beautiful, we are not confident. 

We must let go of this mindset because it magnifies our perceived weaknesses and minimizes the many ways we are amazing. I say perceived because the standard of beauty that we match our own beauty against is that which has been pre-determined by the media and economy for monetary gain.

The following quotes on confidence and beauty can uplift you when the insecurities and comparisons feel like they are too loud to focus.

“Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. -Kahlil Gibran

“You need to accept yourself before you can expect anyone else to.” -Unknown

“I am beautiful, no matter what they say; No matter how I feel, what they think or say; I’m gonna love me anyway.” -Melissa Etheridge (truly empowering!)

“But once you learn to accept yourself and love yourself the way you are, other people will follow. Sure, you might have some scars or some extra flesh, but that just makes you human.” -Unknown

“You can never be too rich or too thin.”   -Unknown

“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.”   -Kahlil Gibran

“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself. ” -Marilyn Monroe

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.” -Miss Piggy (never ignore your inner pig!)

“The way you see yourself is the way you’ll be. So if you have love and respect for yourself, your whole life will change.” -Oprah Winfrey

“You are beautiful. There is no reason to be anything else but who you are. And when you understand that you are beautiful, you will be liberated. You will free yourself from all the expectations of society, all the pressures that make us crazy.” -Unknown

Quotes about confidence and happiness

Does the amount of confidence you have affect the amount of happiness you feel? For many it does. When you lack confidence you are much more likely to doubt yourself in almost all aspects of your life. The things that you are good at fall through the cracks, they don’t seem important or even worth doing. You develop an introverted and pessimistic attitude towards many significant aspects of your life.

Lack of confidence affects the areas surrounding us with the worst effect being on family and friends themselves which play a huge role in our happiness. When we grow in confidence and start being in not only who we are but what we are capable of, we learn how to manage the stress of the hard moments.

These quotes about confidence and happiness can keep you calm and encourage you to grow in confidence:

“Confidence is not a matter of feeling good all the time. It’s a matter of jumping over the hurdles that knock us down.” -Coach Bill Walsh

“Confidence is being able to stand in your own light and say, ‘I am who I am.'” -Unknown

“Believe in yourself. Believe that you can do it. Believe that you are enough. You are enough to be happy.” -Oprah Winfrey

“There is no way to happiness but through yourself.”   -Unknown

“The biggest high a person can have is being happy with who they are and what they’re doing.” -Blaire White (from the TV show Girl Meets World)

“A major part of confidence is self-belief, and the more you believe in yourself, the more confident you’ll become because you’ll trust your vision. If you don’t have a vision… get one. If there’s a great idea that you’re waiting to do, do it now.” -Adam Braun

“Confidence is the feeling you have before you understand the situation.” -Unknown

“Do not wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.” -Orison Swett Marden

“The top 1% are not always the most skilled, but they usually have the best attitude. And I believe that if you want to be successful, you can learn the skills and techniques from other people, but you have to get your own attitude.” -Gary Vaynerchuk

“Confidence is attractive. You get more done with confidence. You get more respect.” -Kelly Cutrone

“Be so busy being awesome that you don’t even have time to be nervous.” -Cara Alwill Doherty

Self-confident woman quotes

Women are powerful, we are able to carry life into this world, we are gifted with kindness and strength to hold families together and run businesses. As a woman confidence is key to survival. I get so inspired when I see strong confident women who are fearless. Here are some of my favorite quotes on confidence from and about strong women:

” Know your worth. When you know that, you will not tolerate anything less.” – Oprah Winfrey

“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” – Louisa May Alcott

“Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. ” – Amelia Earhart

“A woman reflects the truth, and if she had no power, would reflect it even more clearly. ” – unknown

“The real measure of a woman’s strength is the size of her heart. Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.” -Nelson Mandela

“When you grow up, you tend to get told the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world, try not to bash into the walls too much. You’ll get married, you’ll have a few children and that’s life. Then, when I was about thirty, I suddenly got the feeling there was a lot more to say.” -Cher

“I want the world to know me and love me for who I am. I don’t want the world to change me and love me for something that I’m not.” -Taylor Swift

“Anyone who says they have a magical formula for happiness hasn’t tried to be happy themselves.” -Elizabeth Gilbert

“Remember, you are enough. You are enough to be loved, enough to be hated, enough to be everything.” -Oprah Winfrey

“Be confident in your own skin. Love yourself unconditionally…. because when you love yourself unconditionally, you can freely give that love to others. And when you love yourself unconditionally, you can be the most generous person on this planet.” -Oprah Winfrey

“I will not be silenced. I am not going to sit here and allow someone to make my world smaller.” – Susan Fowler (Oh Susan!)

“Life is about making choices. Every moment of every day we are faced with a series of forks in the road. In every fork, there is a choice. This is the true lesson we must learn if we are to be successful.” -Susan Polis Schutz

“Confidence comes from within. It’s not something someone else can give you or take away from you. It’s a feeling that you’re going to be okay whatever happens. That no matter what, you can handle it. That you’re strong enough to overcome anything. And that you do have control over your life.” -Unknown

“The most important thing in the world is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.” – Morrie Schwartz (Tuesdays with Morrie)

How can I believe in myself and be confident?

When it comes to believing in yourself and being confident, you have to remember to remember that there is no one else better at being you, than you. Mindsets like comparison and insecurity cause us to believe that the person we were created to be is not enough. Growing in confidence involves being intentional about the negative thoughts and the self-limiting thoughts we have that keep us from walking in everything we were made to do. Here are 6 things to remember when you want to be more confident:

1. Trust your intuition. The instincts that guide you are always there for a reason – follow what you believe is the right action and stick to it. Through hard times and good, whatever you do, don’t ignore your instincts because they will never be wrong. Your gut is the one thing that got you where you are today, don’t ignore the guidance that it provides.

2. Be yourself. The person who has the most trouble being confident is the person trying to be someone else or something other than who they really are.

3. Learn from your mistakes. The best way to build confidence is to fail, learn from your failures and keep going. You are not defined by your mistakes, you are defined by how you overcome them.

4. Don’t compare yourself to others. Comparison is the act of seeing your life through the lens of what someone else has rather than choosing to see things for yourself. Comparison leads to insecurity because we are missing out on seeing how much we have and how amazing we are by ourselves. 

5. Don’t hold on to regrets. Your past is not the sum total of who you are. While it is okay to learn from your mistakes, don’t dwell on them and let them define your present or future.

6. Start with what you have. Confidence comes from within and we are all capable of amazing things. The only way we can find out what we are truly capable of is by trying and striving our hardest to do what may seem impossible or even unlikely at the time.

Confidence is a state of mind. It’s not something that can be put on and taken off like a shirt. You’re either confident or you aren’t. I hope these quotes inspire you to believe in yourself and start acting the way that you live, with confidence and authenticity!

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