47 Motivating Confidence Quotes For Men Who Want To Win In Life

Quotes help generate ideas and influence our behavior.

When we come across a quote that resonates we’re instantly struck with inspiration. 

So it makes sense to save our favorite quotes and reference them over time.

I’ve compiled the most relevant quotes about confidence for men who want to win in life. These are from modern-day businessmen through to ancient stoic philosophers. 

What is confidence and why is it important?

Self-confidence is simply believing in your abilities. This means you trust yourself to execute something. The most confident and successful men define it as a product of their experiences. 

According to the Univerity of South Florida, having self-confidence means you accept and trust yourself. A confident man is also very secure.

It’s important because it helps you act toward your goals and achieve them. Even if you don’t, confidence is what help helps you get back up and try again knowing the outcome will be different this time. These self-confidence quotes should push men in the right direction. 

Below are 47 inspiring confidence quotes for men

“A great man is hard on himself; a small man is hard on others.” — Confucius.

“You aren’t nervous about the performance, you’re nervous about the results.” — James Pierce.

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” — Theodore Roosevelt.

“A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.” ― Bruce Lee

“The essential masculine ecstasy is in the moment of release from constraint. This could occur when facing death and living through it, succeeding in (and thus being released from) your purpose, and in competition (which is the ritual threat of death). The masculine is always seeking release from constraint into freedom.” — David Deida

“To have become a deeper man is the privilege of those who have suffered.” — Oscar Wilde.

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” — Mark Twain.

“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 Zigler

“Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way. We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action.” — Aristotle

“No man is free who is not master of himself.” — Epictetus

“You have power over your mind not outside events, realise this and you will find strength.” — Seneca

“A man with options has power, and from these options and this sense of power, a natural sense of confidence will manifest itself. A man without options becomes necessitous and this leads to a lack of confidence and a scarcity mentality. Necessitous men are never free.”

― Rollo Tomassi

“Confidence comes from discipline and training.” ― Robert Kiyosaki

“The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what a man or woman is able to do that counts.” ― Booker T. Washington

“Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” ― Winston Churchill.

“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” ― Herman Melville

“A young man without ambition is an old man waiting to be.” ― Steven Brust.

“Excuses are the lies you convince yourself are true to avoid proving you are worthy of the gift you were given. Say this with me, no more excuses.” ― Steve Harvey

“Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.” ― Paul Tournier

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

[Related article: 16 Proven Methods To Boost Your Confidence As A Man ]

“I hope you are confident in your abilities, but more than that, I hope you take the time to get some.” ―  Jon Acuff

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

“I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done.” ― Lucille Ball

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

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

― Thomas Jefferson

“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

"A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him." ― David Brinkley

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.” ― Helen Keller

“There is a universal respect and even admiration for those who are humble and simple by nature, and who have absolute confidence in all human beings irrespective of their social status.” ― Nelson Mandela

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.” ― Mark Twain

"You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." ― Buddha

“Women love confident men, but hate arrogance.” ― Richard Cooper

[ Related article: Best books for men to read before 30

"Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest." ― Maya Angelou

“It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” ― Socrates

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

“Successful people have fear, successful people have doubts, and successful people have worries. They just don’t let these feelings stop them.” ― T. Harv Eker

“Self-trust is the first secret of success.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We can't all be good at everything. This is partly the logic behind having a team in the first place, so each role can be filled with the person best suited for that role and together, every job and every strength is covered.” ― Simon Sinek

“If you try, you risk failure. If you don’t, you ensure it.” ― Anonymous

“What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.” ― Tim Ferriss

“The foundation of self-confidence, the basis of boldness and self-assertion, is a deep inner trust, based on living a life of perfect integrity, and disciplining yourself to live consistent with your highest values in every situation.” ― Brain Tracy

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” ―  Norman Vincent Peale

“It’s in our interest to take care of others. Self-centrednesstoward is opposed to basic human nature. In our own interest as human beings we need to pay attention to our inner values. Sometimes people think compassion is only of help to others, while we get no benefit. This is a mistake. When you concern yourself with others, you naturally develop a sense of self-confidence,. To help others takes courage and inner strength.” ― Dalai Lama

“The objective is to win: fairly, squarely, decently, win by the rules, but still win.” ― Vince Lombardi

“The fear of failure has sabotaged many hopes and dreams.” ― RJ Intindola

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

“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

Related article: 21 Powerful Money Affirmations for Financial Success