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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
 
Confidence
 
  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.
  1
  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.
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  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.
  3
He that wold not when he might,
He shall not when he wold-a.
        Thos. Percy—Reliques. The Baffled Knight. St. 14.
  4
  Confidence is a plant of slow growth in an aged bosom.
        William Pitt (Earl of Chatham)—Speech. Jan. 14, 1766.
  5
Ultima talis erit quæ mea prima fides.
  My last confidence will be like my first.
        Propertius—Elegiæ. II. 20. 34.
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Your wisdom is consum’d in confidence.
Do not go forth to-day.
        Julius Cæsar. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 49.
  7
  I would have some confidence with you that decerns you nearly.
        Much Ado About Nothing. Act III. Sc. 5. L. 3.
  8
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.
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Nusquam tuta fides.
  Confidence is nowhere safe.
        Vergil—Æneid. IV. 373.
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