Overconfidence Sayings and Quotes

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


A very disturbing feature of overconfidence is that it often appears to be poorly associated with knowledge - that is, the more ignorant the individual, the more confident he or she might be.     

Robert Trivers

Confidence is a fine trait. Over-confidence isn't.      

Laurell K. Hamilton

Overconfidence precedes carelessness.     

Toba Beta

People exaggerate their confidence in their plans - something we call the planning fallacy... The existence of the plan tends to induce overconfidence.     

Daniel Kahneman

Doubt is not the enemy of justice; overconfidence is.     

Carol Tavris

Arrogance really comes from insecurity, and in the end our feeling that we are bigger than others is really the flip side of our feeling that we are smaller than others.     

Desmond Tutu

Incompetence is certainty in the absence of expertise. Overconfidence is certainty in the presence of expertise.     

Malcolm Gladwell

Beware of over-confidence; especially in matters of structure.      

Cass Gilbert

Overconfidence blurs out the risk. Inferiority magnifies it.     

Toba Beta

Arrogance on the part of the meritorious is even more offensive to us than the arrogance of those without merit: for merit itself is offensive.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

Arrogance is inimical to prudential reasoning, to accepting that for all we know and learn we also accumulate ignorance of the questions we do not ask, the risks we do not and cannot comprehend. In short, arrogance is what causes us to ignore our fallibilities.     

Ziauddin Sardar

A certain death of an artist is overconfidence.     

Robin Trower

To a winner, complacency and overconfidence can be destructive. To losers, desperation and despondency are just as harmful.     

Bill Walsh

Overconfidence comes from fear and doubt, and you boast an ego when you're feeling less than.     

Nikki Sixx

Arrogance is the obstruction of wisdom.     

Bion of Smyrna

Arrogance is a mixture of impertinence, disobedience, indiscipline, rudeness, harshness, and a self-assertive nature.     

Sivananda

Developing self-confidence is always the preliminary to becoming a leader. but don't let it become overconfidence, the first station on the track leading to arrogance.     

John Adair

Arrogance and fanaticism cause the hardening of positions taken and entrenchment can only lead to a dead end.     

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople

Overconfidence is a powerful source of illusions, primarily determined by the quality and coherence of the story that you can construct, not by its validity.     

Daniel Kahneman

If arrogance is the heady wine of youth, then humility must be its eternal hangover.     

Helen Van Slyke

What begins in arrogance often ends in shame.     

Walter Russell Mead

Arrogance occurs in people who have achieved something and believe that they independently caused their own success with no assistance, support, or input from others.     

Cherie Carter-Scott

The spirit of arrogance most definitely makes you shine. It paints a bright red target on your own forehead.     

Criss Jami

Over-confidence is as evil as undue anxiety.      

Thomas Chandler Haliburton

Arrogance is a killer, and wearing ambition on one's sleeve can have the same effect. There is a fine line between arrogance and self-confidence.     

Jack Welch