Self-Confidence Quotes: 33 Inspirational Quotes You Need Today

For those of us who aren’t naturally confident, every single day can be a struggle to feel ‘good enough’ to stand up for ourselves and let our light shine. Keeping a stockpile of positive self-confidence quotes at the ready is a great way to remind ourselves that we ARE worthy, smart, beautiful, amazing, and deserving of every good thing in life.

Enjoy these quotes, memorize your favorites, and then check out more from my collection of favorite motivational quotes.

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Why We All Need Inspirational Self-Confidence Quotes

Far too many of us are caught in a destructive breakdown of self-confidence. 

In a world where we are constantly confronted by the perfection on social media, it’s easy to start feeling like we will never be ‘enough.’ 

It seems like we’ll never be pretty enough, thin enough, fashionable enough, successful enough, rich enough. Our homes will never be perfectly organized or decorated like they ‘should’ be. Our children may never quite match up to the brags we see on Instagram and FB every.single.day.

First, if you’re having any of those feelings, I would urge you to get unplugged for a while. Don’t feed the beast.

You can also grab these confidence journal prompts for more in-depth work on your thoughts and actions.

And if you’re really feeling low, definitely seek the help of a professional.

This post is a collection of self-confidence quotes you can use when you need a boost, or when you want to build self-confidence in yourself AND those around you.

All of those positive things feed off each other and help everyone. Win-win-win.

Quotes About Self-Confidence and Happiness

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”
— e.e. cummings

“Stop thinking you’re doing it all wrong. Your path doesn’t look like anybody else’s because it can’t, it shouldn’t, and it won’t.”
— Eleanor Brownn


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“A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.”
— Zen Shin

“A healthy self-love means we have no compulsion to justify to ourselves or others why we take vacations, why we sleep late, why we buy new shoes, why we spoil ourselves from time to time. We feel comfortable doing things which add quality and beauty to life.”
— Andrew Matthews

“Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.”
— Lucille Ball

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
— Howard Washington Thurman

“Live from the heart of yourself. Seek to be whole, not perfect.”
— Oprah Winfrey

“As long as you look for someone else to validate who you are by seeking their approval, you are setting yourself up for disaster. You have to be whole and complete in yourself. No one can give you that. You have to know who you are – what others say is irrelevant.”
— Nic Sheff


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“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”
— Lao Tzu

“Be an Encourager: When you encourage others, you boost their self-esteem, enhance their self-confidence, make them work harder, lift their spirits and make them successful in their endeavors. Encouragement goes straight to the heart and is always available. Be an encourager. Always.”
— Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“If you want to improve your self-worth, stop giving other people the calculator.”
— Tim Fargo

Quotes About Becoming a Self-Confident Woman

“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.”
— Oprah Winfrey

“You have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving yourself and see what happens.”
— Louise Hay


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“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.”
— Coco Chanel

“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.”
— Dolly Parton

“Personality begins where comparison leaves off. Be unique. Be memorable. Be confident. Be proud.”
— Shannon L. Alder

“The most alluring thing a woman can have is confidence.”
— Beyonce

“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”
— Golda Meir


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“Loving yourself isn’t vanity. It’s sanity.”
— Katrina Mayer

“Don’t waste your energy trying to change opinions … Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.”
— Tina Fey, Bossypants

“I used to hate feeling embarrassed but then I realized, nobody’s watching and nobody gives a damn.”
— Barbara Corcoran

Motivational Quotes for Self-Confidence 

“Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.”
— Ralph Waldo Emmerson, Self-Reliance

“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


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“Self-assurance reassures others.”
— Garry Willis

“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.”
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, First Part

“Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle, or your middle to someone else’s end. Don’t compare the start of your second quarter of life to someone else’s third quarter.”
— Tim Hiller, Strive: Life is Short, Pursue What Matters

“People who repeatedly attack your confidence and self-esteem are quite aware of your potential, even if you are not.”
— Wayne Gerard Trotman

“Be a role model for yourself.”

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
— Dale Carnegie

“To overcome fear is the quickest way to gain your self-confidence.”
— Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside you.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson


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“Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.”
— Peter T. McIntyre

“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.”
— Frederick Douglass

More Quotes and Intentional Living Resources

24 Intentional Living Quotes to Inspire Your Best Life

32 Journal Prompts for Self-Discovery and Clarity

How to Choose Your Word for the Year

15 Slow Down Quotes to Help You Enjoy More Living

28 Confidence Journal Prompts to Improve Your Self-Esteem

How to Use a Dreams and Goals Worksheet to Begin Goal Setting

When you need an extra dose of positivity, gratitude journaling with this printable workbook and journal bundle can help. The fantastic thing is that gratitude and confidence often go hand-in-hand when it comes to improving your life, helping you feel better about yourself and everything around you. 

Fear of failure can be a huge stumbling block. Even worse is the fear of not finishing… which makes it feel impossible to even begin setting goals and living more intentionally. 

My book The One Focus Method contains expanded versions of my most inspirational posts on goal setting and achieving. It also helps you work on building the motivation to follow through on completing projects in short periods of time.

Because when you DO things — even if they’re not perfect — you increase your confidence level exponentially… and that leads to amazing things!

Next Steps 

Improving your confidence level is vital to living as happily as possible. So enjoy these quotes about self-confidence, and then work every day to increase your positive thinking and actions as you Build Your Best Life.

You’ve got this!

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