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This is a collaborative effort to create the greatest list of inspirational quotes related to communication and self development sorted by topics such as confidence, fear, communication, and failure. Quotations are not merely short sayings that summarize a point. They are powerful statements that can take on many meanings depending on who you are. One sentence can paint a thousand pictures. To make a welcomed contribution, see the bottom of the this page for contact details to suggest a quote.

Collection of the Most Famous Inspirational Quotes

- by Joshua Uebergang

(Last updated on 3rd June 2008) The quotes are sorted into the following categories of which you can click on to go directly too:

» Confidence and Fear
» Conflict
» Conversation
» Failure
» General Communication
» Leadership
» Listening
» Public Speaking
» Success

Confidence and Fear

"Fear is natural. Be with it." - Thomas Leonard

"Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong." - Peter T. McIntyre

"When we have the courage to speak out to break our silence we inspire the rest of the 'moderates' in our communities to speak up and voice their views." - Sharon Schuster

"Whatever we expect with confidence becomes our own self-fulfilling prophecy." - Brian Tracy

"Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment." - Thomas Carlyle

"Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled." - Andrew Carnegie

"Self-confidence is the result of a successfully survived risk." - Jack Gibb

"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." - Dr. Seuss

"Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream." - Malcolm Muggeridge

"The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually fear you will make one." - Elbert Hubbard

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." - Franklin Roosevelt

"All you have to do to diminish your fear is to develop more trust in your ability to handle whatever comes your way." - Susan Jeffers

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear." - Ambrose Redmoon

"There is no coming to consciousness without pain." - Carl Gustav Jung

"Cowards die many times before their deaths." - William Shakespeare

"Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down." - Ray Bradbury

"Confidence is what you have before you understand the problem." - Woody Allen


"Where all think alike, no one thinks very much." - Walter Lippmann

"May the pain you have known and the conflict you have experienced give you the strength to walk through life facing each new situation with courage and optimism." - Author Unknown

"Whenever you're in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude." - William James

"Commitment in the face of conflict produces character." - Mark Twain

"Great ideas often receive violent opposition from mediocre minds." - Albert Einstein

"Don't be afraid of opposition. Remember, a kite rises against; not with; the wind." - Hamilton Mabie

"You can't shake hands with a clenched fist." - Indira Gandhi

"The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph." - Thomas Paine

"Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you." - Jim Rohn

"Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one." - Marcus Aurelius

"We are injured and hurt emotionally, not so much by other people or what they say and don't say, but by our own attitude and our own response." - Maxwell Maltz

"The greatest conflicts are not between two people but between one person and himself." - Garth Brooks

"Conflict is inevitable, but combat is optional." - Max Lucade

"Conflict builds character. Crisis defines it." - Steven Thulon

"When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves." - Viktor Frankl

"Treating everyone equally means ignoring their differences." - Robert Greene

"Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do." - Dale Carnegie

"Those who withstand the wind avoid piling up the dust." - Rita Mexia

"Wars are, of course, as a rule to be avoided; but they are far better than certain kinds of peace." - Theodore Roosevelt

"The capacity to produce social chaos is the last resort of desperate people." - Cornel West

"Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced." - James Baldwin


"Don't knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while." - Kin Hubbard

"Conversation should touch everything, but should concentrate itself on nothing." - Oscar Wilde

"They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel." - Carl Buechner

"The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances; if there is any reaction, both are transformed." - Carl Gustav Jung

A good conversationalist is not one who remembers what was said, but says what someone wants to remember." - John Mason Brown


"Remember that failure is an event, not a person." - Zig Ziglar

"Too many of us fail to fulfill our needs because we say no rather than yes, or perhaps later in life, yes when we should say no." - William Glasser

"I haven't failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas Edison

"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." - Michael Jordan

"Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure." - Napoleon Hill

"Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another." - Napoleon Hill

"Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill

"If you blame others for your failures, do you credit them with your success?" - Author Unknown

"When you're going through hell, keep going." - Winston Churchill

"You make mistakes. Mistakes don't make you." - Maxwell Maltz

"The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure." - Sven Goran Eriksson

"Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street." - Zig Ziglar

"Failure is the tuition you pay for success." - Walter Brunell

"Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists of not exceeding that limit." - Elbert Hubbard

If you see 10 troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that 9 will run into the ditch before they reach you." - Calvin Coolidge

"The only man who makes no mistakes is the man who never does anything." - Theodore Roosevelt

"If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month." - Theodore Roosevelt

General Communication

"Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible - the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family." - Virginia Satir

"Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind." - Rudyard Kipling

"Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

"The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives." - Anthony Robbins

"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." - George Bernard Shaw

"If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge." - Napoleon Hill

"The 'self-image' is the key to human personality and human behavior. Change the self image and you change the personality and the behavior." - Maxwell Maltz

"Communication works for those who work at it." - John Powell

"Good communication does not mean that you have to speak in perfectly formed sentences and paragraphs. It isn't about slickness. Simple and clear go a long way." - John Kotter

"The tongue is the only tool that gets sharper with use." - Washington Irving

"If you just communicate you can get by. But if you skillfully communicate, you can work miracles." - Jim Rohn

"I wasn't a great communicator, but I communicated great things." - Ronald Reagan


"Every time you have to speak, you are auditioning for leadership." - James C. Humes

"A boss creates fear, a leader confidence. A boss fixes blame, a leader corrects mistakes. A boss knows all, a leader asks questions. A boss makes work drudgery, a leader makes it interesting." - Russell H. Ewing

"Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." - Peter F. Drucker

"It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission." - Zig Ziglar

"There is only one way to get anybody to do anything. And that is by making the other person want to do it." - Dale Carnegie

"Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Leadership: The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Popularity is not leadership." - Richard Marcinko

"The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers." - Ralph Nader

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to go to the forest to gather wood, saw it, and nail the planks together. Instead, teach them the desire for the sea." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them." - John Maxwell

"The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership." - Colin Powell

"Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself." - Thomas Watson, Sr.

"An emotional response to a situation is the single greatest barrier to power... distance yourself from the present moment and think objectively about the past and future. Look in both directions at once." - Robert Greene

"Every organization must be prepared to abandon everything it does to survive in the future." - Peter Drucker

"Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results." - George S. Patton

"Processes don't do work, people do." - John Seely Brown


"We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak." - Epictetus

"Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk." - Doug Larson

"The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said." - Peter F. Drucker

"No one is listening until you fart." - Author Unknown

"One of the best ways to persuade others is with your ears - by listening to them." - Dean Rusk

"Know how to listen and you will profit even from those who talk badly." - Plutarch

"Deep listening is miraculous for both listener and speaker. When someone receives us with open-hearted, non-judging, intensely interested listening, our spirits expand." - Sue Patton Thoele

"There are people who, instead of listening to what is being said to them, are already listening to what they are going to say themselves." - Albert Guinon

"To listen closely and reply well is the highest perfection we are able to attain in the art of conversation." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"It takes two to speak the truth - one to speak and another to hear." - Thoreau

"Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble." - Frank Tyger

"When the eagles are silent, parrots begin to jabber." - Winston Churchill

"It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt." - Mark Twain

"The opposite of talking isn't listening. The opposite of talking is waiting." - Fran Lebowitz

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." - Winston Churchill

"If A equals success, then the formula is A equals X plus Y and Z, with X being work, Y play, and Z keeping your mouth shut." - Albert Einstein

"True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable." - David Tyson Gentry

"All noise is waste. So cultivate quietness in your speech, in your thoughts, in your emotions. Speak habitually low. Wait for attention and then your low words will be charged with dynamite." - Elbert Hubbard

"There is no such thing as a worthless conversation, provided you know what to listen for." - James Nathan Miller

"Egotists cannot converse, they talk to themselves only." - A. Bronson Alcott

"The less men think, the more they talk." - Charles de Montesquieu

Public Speaking

"Public speaking is the art of diluting a two-minute idea with a two-hour vocabulary." - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

"The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public." - George Jessel

"There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave." Dale Carnegie

"Only the prepared speaker deserves to be confident." - Dale Carnegie

"According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy." - Jerry Seinfeld

"You can speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart." - John Ford


"Know where to find the information and how to use it. That's the secret of success." - Albert Einstein

"Our limitations and success will be based, most often, on your own expectations for ourselves. What the mind dwells upon, the body acts upon." - Denis Waitley

"No one can cheat you out of ultimate success but yourself." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another." - Napoleon Hill

"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it." - Henry David Thoreau

"The path to success is to take massive, determined action." - Anthony Robbins

"The value of an idea has nothing to do with the success of the man who expresses it." - Oscar Wilde

"Whether you think you can or think you can't - you are right." - Henry Ford

"You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them." - Michael Jordan

"When you see a thing clearly in your mind, your creative 'success mechanism' within you takes over and does the job much better than you could do it by conscious effort or 'willpower'." - Maxwell Maltz

"Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value." - Albert Einstein

"Every time I learn something new it pushes some old stuff out of my brain." - Homer Simpson

"Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing." - Aristotle

"Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground." - Theodore Roosevelt

"The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people." - Theodore Roosevelt

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