Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.
It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else's eyes.
Don't let people drive you crazy when you know it's in walking distance.
Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie
Which we ascribe to heaven.
~William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well
A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.
It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not.
We have to learn to be our own best friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies.
~Roderick Thorp, Rainbow Drive
It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to.
Whether you think you can or think you can't - you are right.
I quit being afraid when my first venture failed and the sky didn't fall down.
~Allen H. Neuharth
If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint," then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
~Vincent Van Gogh
Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I am convinced all of humanity is born with more gifts than we know. Most are born geniuses and just get de-geniused rapidly.
Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.
Don't live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable.
Success comes in cans, not cant's.
Put your future in good hands - your own.
What a fool, quoth he, am I, thus to lie in a stinking dungeon, when I may as well walk at liberty! I have a key in my bosom, called Promise, that will, I am persuaded, open any lock in Doubting Castle.
I am not a has-been. I am a will be.
The light of starry dreams can only be seen once we escape the blinding cities of disbelief.
~Shawn Purvis, ShawnPurvis.com
I'm not old enough to play baseball or football. I'm not eight yet. My mom told me when you start baseball, you aren't going to be able to run that fast because you had an operation. I told Mom I wouldn't need to run that fast. When I play baseball, I'll just hit them out of the park. Then I'll be able to walk.
~Edward J. McGrath, Jr., "An Exceptional View of Life," quoted in Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield & Mark Victor Hansen, 1993
If you really put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price.
Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.
~Peter T. Mcintyre
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
~Anaïs Nin, Diary, 1969
Argue for your limitations and, sure enough, they're yours.
~Richard Bach, Illusions
You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.
It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered - either by themselves or by others.
Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.
A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whose timidity prevented them from making a first effort.
Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know that so it goes on flying anyway.
~Mary Kay Ash
Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.
~Norman Vincent Peale
Always act like you're wearing an invisible crown.
The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable.
Of all our infirmities, the most savage is to despise our being.
~Michel de Montaigne
People are crying up the rich and variegated plumage of the peacock, and he is himself blushing at the sight of his ugly feet.
It's hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.
~Sally Kempton, Esquire, 1970
When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they take better care of it there.
Other people's opinion of you does not have to become your reality.
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You're on your own.
And you know what you know.
You are the guy who'll decide where to go.
Confidence is preparation. Everything else is beyond your control.
Knock the "t" off the "can't."
Sex appeal is fifty percent what you've got and fifty percent what people think you've got.