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He who believes in nobody knows that he himself is not to be trusted.
      - Berthold Auerbach

He who does not respect confidence, will never find happiness in his path. The belief in virtue vanishes from his heart, the source of nobler actions becomes extinct to him.
      - Joseph von Auffenberg

All confidence which is not absolute and entire is dangerous; there are few occasions but where a man ought either to say all or conceal all; for how little soever you have revealed of your secret to a friend, you have already said too much if you think it not safe to make him privy to all particulars.
      - J. Beaumont

He who has lost confidence can lose nothing more.
      - Pierre Claude Boiste

People have generally three epochs in their confidence in man. In the first they believe him to be everything that is good, and they are lavish with their friendship and confidence. In the next, they have had experience, which has smitten down their confidence, and they then have to be careful not to mistrust every one, and to put the worst construction upon everything. Later in life, they learn that the greater number of men have much more good in them than bad, and that even when there is cause to blame, there is more reason to pity than condemn; and then a spirit of confidence again awakens within them.
      - Fredrika Bremer

Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and long honourable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Rhetorical Invention

Confidence, as opposed, to modesty and distinguished from decent assurance, proceeds from self-opinion, and is occasioned by ignorance and flattery.
      - Jeremy Collier

When young, we trust ourselves too much, and we trust others too little when old. Rashness is the error of youth, timid caution of age. Manhood is the isthmus between the two extremes; the ripe and fertile season of action, when alone we can hope to find the head to contrive, united with the hand to execute.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

However gradual may be the growth of confidence, that of credit requires still more time to arrive at maturity.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

I see before me that statue of a celebrated minister, who said that confidence was a plant of slow growth. But I believe, however gradual may be the growth of confidence, that of credit requires still more time to arrive at maturity.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,

For they can conquer who believe they can.
      - John Dryden

It is unjust and absurd of persons advancing in years, to expect of the young that confidence should come all and only on their side; the human heart, at whatever age, opens only to the heart that opens in return.
      - Maria Edgeworth

Confident because of our caution.
      - Epictetus

Never put much confidence in such as put no confidence in others. A man prone to suspect evil is mostly looking in his neighbor for what he sees in himself. As to the pure all things are pure, even so to the impure all things are impure.
      - Augustus William Hare

As is our confidence, so is our capacity.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

There is something captivating in spirit and intrepidity, to which, we often yield as to a resistless power; nor can he reasonably expect, the confidence of others who too apparently distrusts himself.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Fields are won by those who believe in the winning.
      - Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Thou know'st how fearless is my trust in thee.
      - Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Mrs. George MacLean)

Confidence always pleases those who receive it. It is a tribute we pay to their merit, a deposit we commit to their trust, a pledge that gives them a claim upon us, a kind of dependence to which we voluntarily submit.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Confidence in conversation has a greater share than wit.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

He is safe who admits no one to his confidence.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Most frequently we make confidants from vanity, a love of talking, a wish to win the confidence of others, and to make an exchange of secrets.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Whatever distrust we may have of the sincerity of those who converse with us, we always believe they will tell us more truth than they do to others.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

The confidence which we have in ourselves gives birth to much of that which we have in others.
  [Fr., La confiance que l'on a en soi fait naitre la plus grande partie de celle que l'on a aux authres.]
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld,
        Premier Supplement (49)

If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.
      - Abraham Lincoln

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