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April 2024
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Inspiring Words


These thought-provoking quotations speak to the value of self-confidence.

Everyone wants to be confident in themself. It’s something we all work toward, and becoming a better communicator and leader can be a big part of that objective. A confident person takes risks, stands up for themself, and perseveres to achieves their goals.

Below are some words of wisdom about the gift of confidence. And for more on the topic, read the article “Rebuild Your Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem” in this issue.

“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”

—Sir Edmund Hillary, New Zealand mountaineer, explorer, and philanthropist

“With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.”

—the Dalai Lama, Tibetan spiritual leader

“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.”

—Arthur Ashe, American tennis champion

“Have confidence that if you have done a little thing well, you can do a bigger thing well too.”

—David Storey, English playwright and novelist

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

—Elbert Hubbard, American writer, artist, and philosopher

“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.”

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German author and scientist

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

—E.E. Cummings, American poet

“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”

—Oscar Wilde, Irish poet and playwright


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