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Be Confident. Don’t Give Up!
Wisdom Quotes Illustrated 4

Philip G. Schmitz

Published by Philip G. Schmitz

Copyright © 2017 by Philip G. Schmitz

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Cover image: “6 years old...no fear!” by airwaves1 is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

ISBN: 978-0-9973658-3-2








So long for now



Too many people overvalue what they are not

and undervalue what they are.

Malcolm Forbes

Everyone wants confidence. In fact, it was a desire for greater confidence that led me to produce this book. I have good news. It’s not as if you either have confidence pretty much from birth, or you might as well forget about it. No! Confidence can be acquired through practice and—as an essential first step—by taking a hard look at the negative thoughts that are undermining you.

What’s the goal here? What will a greater sense of self-confidence allow you to do? It will enable you to stop comparing yourself with others. Instead of shining a judgmental light on what you are not and detracting from yourself, you will gain the advantage of emphasizing the unique strengths you can bring to bear, while realistically working on areas that need improvement. Having confidence will increase your willingness to take action, even when a decision involves a degree of risk. By the same token, confidence will let you admit having made a mistake and put you in a position to learn from it. You’ll be optimistic because a lesson learned takes you a step closer to your goal and doesn’t necessarily spell defeat.

And another thing. Confidence has been called the first prerequisite for great accomplishment, so it is extremely personal and focused. But it also has an effect on others. A self-confident person is very likely to inspire confidence in others. Nice!

Here’s hoping this compilation of quotes and illustrations will help you discover your very own ways of building confidence and developing the strength to persevere through difficulties. I admit the collection is brief. It does not pretend to be comprehensive. Rather, it’s meant as a pocket companion. Keep this book somewhere handy, say, on your smart phone. Then, if you need a confidence boost, have a look. Please don’t forget . . .

Few people come anywhere near exhausting the resources within them.

There are deep wells of strength that are never used.

Admiral Richard E. Byrd

Connecticut, USA

February 28, 2017

As is our confidence . . . “African Lions” by Kaytronika is licensed under CC BY 2.0.


Believing in yourself is magic; if you can do that you can achieve anything.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Don’t downgrade your dream just to fit your reality. Upgrade your conviction to match your destiny.

Stuart Scott

It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.

J. K. Rowling

Speaking of the person who is truly a master, the Tao Te Ching declares:

Because he believes in himself, he doesn't try to convince others.

Because he is content with himself, he doesn't need others' approval.

Because he accepts himself, the whole world accepts him.

Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look.

Marcus Aurelius

What the mind can conceive and believe, and the heart desire, you can achieve.

Norman Vincent Peale

If you stand for something, you will have people for you and people against you. But if you stand for nothing, you will have nobody for you and nobody against you.

Maurice Saatchi

A belief is what you hold, but a conviction is what holds you.


Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.

Jalaluddin Rumi

Knowing when to walk away is wisdom. Being able to is courage. Walking away with your head held high is dignity.


There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who do not. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.

José N. Harris

Start doing the things you think should be done, and start being what you think society should become. Do you believe in free speech? Then speak freely. Do you love the truth? Then tell it. Do you believe in an open society? Then act in the open. Do you believe in a decent and humane society? Then behave decently and humanely.

Adam Michnik

Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.

Vince Lombardi

To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves—there lies the great, singular power of self-respect.

Joan Didion

That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.

William J. H. Boetcker

Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better.

King Whitney, Jr.

You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.

Rosalynn Carter.

Doubts in your mind are a much greater roadblock to success than obstacles on the journey.

Orrin Woodward

Don't let the opinions of other people determine the image you have of yourself. There is no need to feel either appreciated or understood. Be even-minded. What you think about yourself is everything. What others think about you has no value at all, unless you choose to give it value.



They say it’s hard to have your own opinions, but that may not be entirely correct. At the risk of splitting hairs: it’s easy to have your own opinions, the hard part is gearing your life to them. When people in your environment see that your ideas stray from what is generally accepted, they begin to perceive you as a threat to their comfort zones. In spite of the conflict, if you don’t stand up for what you believe in, you will ultimately come up short.

We tend to make concessions because we fear criticism and disapproval. We don’t enjoy the sense of not fitting in, so we hesitate to assert ourselves against the tide of opinion. We repress unique aspects of our personalities so that we don’t stand out.

This comes at a cost. We may create the appearance that we are part of a group, but deep inside we’re unable to convince ourselves that we truly belong. We think we can make ourselves comfortable by downplaying who we are, but in the end we still feel alienated.

We are very social beings. So social, in fact, that separation from the group or tribe was used as severe punishment in historical times, when people were banished for their misdeeds.

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