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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
  Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honourable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself.
        Cicero—Rhetorical Invention.
  I see before me the 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.
        Benj. Disraeli—Speech. Nov. 9, 1867.
  La confiance que l’on a en soi fait naître la plus grande partie de celle que l’on a aux autres.
  The confidence which we have in ourselves gives birth to much of that which we have in others.
        La Rochefoucauld—Premier Supplément. 49.
He that wold not when he might,
He shall not when he wold-a.
        Thos. Percy—Reliques. The Baffled Knight. St. 14.
  Confidence is a plant of slow growth in an aged bosom.
        William Pitt (Earl of Chatham)—Speech. Jan. 14, 1766.
Ultima talis erit quæ mea prima fides.
  My last confidence will be like my first.
        Propertius—Elegiæ. II. 20. 34.
Your wisdom is consum’d in confidence.
Do not go forth to-day.
        Julius Cæsar. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 49.
  I would have some confidence with you that decerns you nearly.
        Much Ado About Nothing. Act III. Sc. 5. L. 3.
Confidence is conqueror of men; victorious both over them and in them;
The iron will of one stout heart shall make a thousand quail:
A feeble dwarf, dauntlessly resolved, will turn the tide of battle,
And rally to a nobler strife the giants that had fled.
        Tupper—Proverbial Philosophy. Of Faith. L. 11.
Nusquam tuta fides.
  Confidence is nowhere safe.
        Vergil—Æneid. IV. 373.

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