37 Quotes About Overconfidence


Having excessive confidence can create biasness and interfere with sound judgement. These quotes on overconfidence capture the essence of overestimation and misjudgment of your value.

“Adolescents may be, almost simultaneously, overconfident and riddled with fear. They are afraid of their overpowering feelings, oflosing control, of helplessness, of failure.”

“Almost everyone’s instinct is to be overconfident and read way too much into a hot or cold streak.”

“Courage is willingness to take the risk once you know the odds. Optimistic overconfidence means you are taking the risk because you don’t know the odds. It’s a big difference.”

“Do not grow overconfident following a few victories.”

“Does everyone feel this way? When I was young, I was perpetually overconfident or insecure.”

“Doubt is often better than overconfidence, for it leads to inquiry, and inquiry leads to invention.”

“Early in my career I was accused of being overconfident and even cocky, but I really was confident that I had done the training and didn’t see any other reason to say otherwise.”

“Even I make mistakes.” I put on my brash, overconfident face.”I know it’s hard to believe—kind of surprises me myself—but I guess it has to happen.”

“Given that level of responsibility with your 25-year old or 35-year-old chef, it’s just quite nice to see how they handled that exposure.”

“He was overconfident”, she told him. “And I won so the gods must have thought I was right. Otherwise they’d have made me lose. You know how trial by combat works.””

“I come from an overly confident place. But I’m overconfident because of feelings of inferiority.”

“I do not think that I am ever overconfident. I am merely wholly confident, and I maintain that there is all the difference in the world there.”

“I don’t think there is a thing like overconfidence in chess. It’s always better to be too confident than too reluctant.”

“I have a great record against anybody right now, so it doesn’t really matter who I play in the final.”

“I really don’t (stay calm) all the time. I just try to. Part of not just racing but in life, I try not to let the highs be too high and the lows be too low.”

“I think the people who’ve been the most overconfident in our business in the last decade have been the people that called themselves risk managers.”

“If we are to understand anything of the human mind we must approach the people of the past with humility rather than an overconfident superiority.”

“If you do not know where your competitor is, or overconfident and snobbish about your competitor, or are unable to comprehend how your competitor became a real threat, you will surely fall behind him.”

“I’m unapologetic not because I’m strong-willed or overconfident, I’m unapologetic because this is it; this is my life. There is nothing I can do, no one I can please. I am a person with a strong sense of being, that’s all.”

“I’m very confident in what I do, but I’d like to think I don’t ever show any kind of cockiness or overconfidence.”

“Incompetence annoys me. Overconfidence terrifies me.”

“Let’s not be overconfident, we still have to count the votes.”

“Nerves are good. They keep you alive.”

“Never be afraid to fail. Failure is only a stepping stone to improvement. Never be overconfident because that will block your improvement.”

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

“People are drastically overconfident about their judgments of others.”

“People exaggerate their own skills. they are optimistic about their prospects and overconfident about their guesses, including which managers to pick.”

“Political columnists and sports pundits are rewarded for being overconfident.”

“Sure I am a religious man who is also passionate about conserving the environment. But I am also a CEO, with all the bad habits and attitudes that are natural to the species.”

“The amount of success it takes for leaders to become overconfident isn’t terribly large.”

“The nerves are good… they keep you on point and they keep you not getting overconfident.”

“There is something to be said about a guy who is attractive and doesn’t know it. I hate men who are overconfident.”

“We are busy surviving, herding, fixating on what just happened, and being overconfident!”

“We live in a world of self-deprecation, and while it’s healthy to make fun of ourselves from time to time, it bothers me when I see women of all ages belittling their accomplishments because they don’t want to appear boastful or overconfident.”

“Well, I think we tried very hard not to be overconfident, because when you get overconfident, that’s when something snaps up and bites you.”

“We’re generally overconfident in our opinions and our impressions and judgments.”

“What was I like? I had a high-pitched voice. Sounded a bit like a girl. Spoke with a Stoke accent, tremendously naive.”

Overconfidence has led to an onslaught of poor decisions. From creating an economic crisis to making negative choices in your own life, be weary of having to much confidence in your own life.