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Confidence Quotes

Confidence Quotes

“Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.”
Theodore Roosevelt 26th U.S. President (1858-1919)

“As you become more clear about who you really are, you’ll be better able to decide what is best for you – the first time around.”
Oprah Winfrey American Television Host, Publisher (born 1954)

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because in the end those who matter don’t mind and those who mind don’t matter.”
Theodor Seuss Geisel Writer, Cartoonist, Animator (1904-1991)

“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.”
Dr. Benjamin McLane Spock Pediatrician, Educator, Writer (1903-1998)

“The confidence which we have in ourselves gives birth to much of that which we have in others.”
François Duc De La Rochefoucauld Writer, Moralist (1613-1680)


He who makes no mistakes, makes no progress – Theodore Roosevelt

He who makes no mistakes, makes no progress – Theodore Roosevelt



You have a brain in your head, feet in your shoes, steer yourself in any direction you choose – Dr. Seuss

You have a brain in your head, feet in your shoes, steer yourself in any direction you choose – Dr. Seuss



Quotes about Leadership

“If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulder of giants.”  Isaac Newton

“There are three constants in life… change, choice and principles.”

Stephen R. Covey

 “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” Stephen R. Covey

 “Management works in the system; Leadership works on the system.”
Stephen R. Covey

 “I am personally convinced that one person can be a change catalyst, a “transformer” in any situation, any organization. Such an individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf. It requires vision, initiative, patience, respect, persistence, courage, and faith to be a transforming leader.”
Stephen R. Covey

“You can’t talk your way out of what you’ve behaved yourself into.”
Stephen R. Covey

“Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.”
Stephen R. Covey

“To lead people, walk beside them … As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate … When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves!” LaoTsu

“Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.” Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Leadership: the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” Dwight D. Eisenhower

“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.” Dwight D. Eisenhower

“You don’t lead by hitting people over the head – that’s assault, not leadership.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower

“The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people, but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already.” John Buchan

“The price of greatness is responsibility.” Winston Churchill

“I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?” Benjamin Disraeli

“Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing.” Albert Schweitzer

“The leader leads and the boss drives.” Theodore Roosevelt

“The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be… The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.”  Martin Luther King

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Martin Luther King

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”  Martin Luther King

“At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.”  Martin Luther King

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”  Martin Luther King

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”  Martin Luther King

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.” John C. Maxwell

“Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.” Harold S. Geneen

“I’m not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.”  Niccolo Machiavelli

“If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.”  Niccolo Machiavelli

“It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.”  Niccolo Machiavelli

“Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others.”  Niccolo Machiavelli

“A wise ruler ought never to keep faith when by doing so it would be against his interests.”  Niccolo Machiavelli

“Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.”  Niccolo Machiavelli

“A son can bear with equanimity the loss of his father, but the loss of his inheritance may drive him to despair.”  Niccolo Machiavelli

“Benefits should be conferred gradually; and in that way they will taste better.”  Niccolo Machiavelli

“Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.”  Niccolo Machiavelli

“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.”  Nelson Mandela

“Leaders must be tough enough to fight, tender enough to cry, human enough to make mistakes, humble enough to admit them, strong enough to absorb the pain, and resilient enough to bounce back and keep on moving.” Jesse Jackson

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” John F. Kennedy

“A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.” Ralph Lauren

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”  Theodore Roosevelt

“Your role as a leader is even more important than you might imagine. You have the power to help people become winners.” Ken Blanchard

“The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.” Confucius

“The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men, the conviction and the will to carry on.”  Walter Lippman

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams

“I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure: which is: Try to please everybody.”  Herbert B. Swope

“High sentiments always win in the end, The leaders who offer blood, toil, tears and sweat always get more out of their followers than those who offer safety and a good time. When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic.”  George Orwell

“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.”  Kenneth Blanchard

“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.”  Theodore M. Hesburgh

“I think leadership comes from integrity – that you do whatever you ask others to do. I think there are non obvious ways to lead. Just by providing a good example as a parent, a friend, a neighbor makes it possible for other people to see better ways to do things. Leadership does not need to be a dramatic, fist in the air and trumpets blaring, activity.”  Scott Berkun

“I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.”  Lao Tzu

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”  General George S. Patton

“Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.”  General George S. Patton

“Experts often possess more data than judgment.”  Colin Powell

“Fit no stereotypes. Don’t chase the latest management fads. The situation dictates which approach best accomplishes the team’s mission.”  Colin Powell

“Don’t let your ego get too close to your position, so that if your position gets shot down, your ego doesn’t go with it.”  Colin Powell

“Get mad, then get over it.”  Colin Powell

“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.”  Colin Powell

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”  Colin Powell

“Don’t bother people for help without first trying to solve the problem yourself.”  Colin Powell

“The challenge of statesmanship is to have the vision to dream of a better, safer world and the courage, persistence, and patience to turn that dream into reality.”  Ronald Reagan

“A leader, once convinced a particular course of action is the right one, must have the determination to stick with it and be undaunted when the going gets rough.”  Ronald Reagan

“We have every right to dream heroic dreams. Those who say that we’re in a time when there are no heroes, they just don’t know where to look.”  Ronald Reagan

“We in government should learn to look at our country with the eyes of the entrepreneur, seeing possibilities where others see only problems.”  Ronald Reagan

“We did not seek the role of leadership that has been thrust upon us. But whether we like it or not, the events of our time demand America’s participation.”  Ronald Reagan

“Now the general is the pillar of the State: if the pillar has mastered all points of war, the State will be strong; if the pillar is defective, the State will be weak.”  Sun Tzu

“The masterful leader cultivates the moral law, and strictly adheres to proper methods and discipline; thus it is in his power to control success.”  Sun Tzu

“He who can modify his tactics in relation to his opponent, and thereby succeed in winning, may be called a heaven-born captain.”  Sun Tzu

“A general is skillful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skillful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack.”  Sun Tzu

“The general who advances without seeking fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for his sovereign, is the jewel of the kingdom.”  Sun Tzu

“The enlightened ruler lays his plans well ahead; the good general cultivates his resources. What enables the wise sovereign and the good general to strike and conquer and achieve things beyond the reach of ordinary men is foreknowledge.”  Sun Tzu

“Control your destiny or someone else will.”  Jack Welch

“I’ve learned that mistakes can often be as good a teacher as success.”  Jack Welch

“Don’t manage, lead.”  Jack Welch

“Change, before you have to.”  Jack Welch

“If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete.”  Jack Welch

“Be candid with everyone.”  Jack Welch

“An organization’s ability to learn and translate that learning into action rapidly is the ultimate competitive advantage.”   Jack Welch

“Face reality as it is; not as it was or as you wish it were.”  Jack Welch

“Giving people self confidence is by far the most important thing that i can do because then they will act.”  Jack Welch

“Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them — a desire, a dream, a vision.”  Muhammad Ali

“Champions keep playing until they get it right.”   Billie Jean King

“Never forget that no military leader has ever become great without audacity. If the leader is filled with high ambition and if he pursues his aims with audacity and strength of will, he will reach them in spite of all obstacles.”  Karl von Clausewitz

“Where there is no wise guidance, the nation falls, but in the multitude of counselors there is victory.”  Proverbs 11:14)

“The king who fairly judges the poor, his throne shall be established forever.”  (Proverbs 29:14)

“25 But Jesus summoned them, and said, ““You know that the rulers of the nations lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.
26 It shall not be so among you, but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant.
27 Whoever desires to be first among you shall be your bond servant,
28 even as the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.””  (Matthew 20:25-28)

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”   Babe Ruth

“Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it.”  Marian Anderson

“Knowing that we can make a difference in this world is a great motivator. How can we know this and not be involved?”  Susan Jeffers

“Getting ahead in a difficult position requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior talent.”  Sophia Loren

“Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.”  Sandra Carey

A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.”  Rosalynn Carter

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  Margaret Mead

“The leadership instinct you are born with is the backbone. You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it.”  Elaine Agather

“Don’t let anything stop you. There will be times when you’ll be disappointed, but you can’t stop. Make yourself the very best that you can make of what you are. The very best.”  Sadie T. Alexander

We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat.”  Queen Victoria

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”  Eleanor Roosevelt

“I believe that the capacity that any organization needs is for leadership to appear anywhere it is needed, when it is needed.”  Margaret J. Wheatley

“Great necessities call forth great leaders!”  Abigail Adams

My research debunks the myth that many people seem to have . . . that you become a leader by fighting your way to the top. Rather, you become a leader by helping others to the top. Helping your employees is as important, and many times more so, than trying to get the most work out of them.”  William Cohen, The Stuff of Heroes: The Eight Universal Laws of Leadership.

“You will find yourself in service to your fellow man, your country, and your God.”  Mahatma Gandhi

“A leader lives with people to know their problems. A leader lives with God in order to solve them.”  John C. Maxwell

“Servant-leadership is more than a concept, it is a fact. Any great leader, by which I also mean an ethical leader of any group, will see herself or himself as a servant of that group and will act accordingly.”  M. Scott Peck

A person who is worthy of being a leader wants power not for himself, but in order to be of service.”   US Senator Sam J. Ervin, Jr.

“Use power to help people. For we are given power not to advance our own purposes nor to make a great show in the world, not a name. There is but one just use of power and it is to serve people.”   US President George Bush

“People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.”  John C. Maxwell