Assertive Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old assertive quotes, assertive sayings, and assertive proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

I have great faith in fools self-confidence my friends will call it.     

Edgar Allan Poe

Don't live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable.     

Wendy Wasserstein

They can do all because they think they can.     


If you doubt yourself, then indeed you stand on shaky ground.     

Henrik Ibsen

The man of genius inspires us with a boundless confidence in our own powers.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't let others put thoughts into your mind that takes away your self-confidence.     

Katori Hall

The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.     

Warren Buffett

One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.     

Arthur Ashe

Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment.     

Thomas Carlyle

Whether you think you can or think you can't – you are right.     

Henry Ford

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.     

Edward Estlin Cummings

It is confidence in our bodies, minds and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures.     


The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others.     

Sonya Friedman

Assertiveness is not what you do, it's who you are.     

Shakti Gawain

Men give their confidence at once, but never their money.     

Tristan Bernard

The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.     

J.M. Barrie

It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not.     

Attributed to Hanoch McCarty

Control Your Own Destiny or Someone Else Will     

Jack Welch

Confidence is knowing who you are and not changing it a bit because of someone's version of reality is not your reality.     

Shannon L. Alder

Don't let anyone steal your dream. It's your dream, not theirs.     

Dan Zadra

Always be yourself, express yourself have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.     

Bruce Lee

Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it.     

Malcolm X

With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.     

Dalai Lama

Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.     

Benjamin Spock

To be passive is to let others decide for you. To be aggressive is to decide for others. To be assertive is to decide for yourself. And to trust that there is enough, that you are enough.     

Edith Eva Eger

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Confidence is like a dragon where, for every head cut off, two more heads grow back.     

Criss Jami

Self-confidence grows on trees, in other people's orchards.     

Mignon McLaughlin

Life marks us all down, so it's just as well that we start out by overpricing ourselves.     

Mignon McLaughlin

Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.     

Peter T.Mcintyre

If you haven't confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started.     

Marcus Garvey

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you.     

William Jennings Bryan

Assertiveness is most effective when least applied.     

Wes Fesler

To be around someone whose self-confidence is more than what our first glance led us to expect is seductive.     

Abraham Verghese

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Confidence is preparation. Everything else is beyond your control.     

Richard Kline

Being assertive in the home does not produce any smiling faces, but it does bring out a few tongues.     

Wes Fesler

Calm self-confidence is as far from conceit as the desire to earn a decent living is remote from greed.     

Channing Pollock

Confidence is always the best accessory. Own the moment. Own your space.     

Andrena Sawyer