In a world where a lot of people express their opinion out loud to intentionally put others down, true confidence becomes harder and harder to build.

We’re surrounded by advice on how we should look, what jobs we should have, where we should travel and so on. All of these “recommendations” are valid for a short period of time because trends change in a matter of weeks or months. Then we start all over again, not knowing who we really are and what we really want.

It’s easy to get lost and become full of insecurities if you don’t start to filter everything you hear or see on a daily basis (especially on social media). Try to find what you actually like and stick to that. Built yourself a set of principles and values that will guide you through life.

We’ve gathered a list of famous quotes from some incredible ladies that believed in themselves and built empires and amazing careers. Stay true to yourself, just like they did, and watch things fall into place.

Here are 30 famous quotes that breed confidence:

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.


MARILYN MONROE (more Marilyn Monroe quotes)

If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.


MAYA ANGELOU (more Maya Angelou quotes)

You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life.


COCO CHANEL (more Coco Chanel quotes)

Biggest obstacle I ever faced was my own limited perception of myself.


RUPAUL

If you are able to look yourself in the mirror every day with the decisions that you make, that’s where power starts.


SELENA GOMEZ

Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.


BABE RUTH

Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.


LUCILLE BALL

She makes the day brighter, she leaves a little sparkle wherever she goes.


KATE SPADE

The minute you learn to love yourself you won’t want to be anyone else.


RIHANNA (more Rihanna quotes)

I know who I am, I know what I can and can’t do. I know what I will and won’t do. I know what I’m capable of and I don’t agree to do things that I don’t think I can pull off.


DOLLY PARTON (more Dolly Parton quotes)

Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.


CARRIE FISHER

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.


ELEANOR ROOSEVELT

We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.


JANE AUSTEN

Confidence is everything. Confidence is what makes that simple white tee and jeans look good.


CIARA

I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.


AUDREY HEPBURN

Doubt can motivate you, so don’t be afraid of it. Confidence and doubt are at two ends of the scale, and you need both. They balance each other out.


BARBRA STREISAND

Be strong. Be confident. Be the star of your own life.


ESTEE LAUDER

You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.


MICHAEL JORDAN

True confidence leaves no room for jealousy. When you know you are great, you have no need to hate.


NICKI MINAJ

Confidence comes with maturity, being more accepting of yourself.


NICOLE SCHERZINGER

You become what you believe.


OPRAH WINFREY

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.


MARIE CURIE (more Marie Curie quotes)

People say that you’re going the wrong way when it’s simply a way of your own.


ANGELINA JOLIE

Whenever I feel bad, I use that feeling to motivate me to work harder. I only allow myself one day to feel sorry for myself. When I’m not feeling my best I ask myself, ‘What are you gonna do about it?’ I use the negativity to fuel the transformation into a better me.


BEYONCE

You’ve got to learn to leave the table when love’s no longer being served.


NINA SIMONNE

I’m no longer accepting the things I cannot change… I’m changing the things I cannot accept.


ANGELA DAVIS

Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go so much further than people with vastly superior talent.


SOPHIA LOREN (more Sophia Loren quotes)

Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.


HELEN KELLER

I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.


LOUISA MAY ALCOTT (more Louisa May Alcott quotes)

I’m here today because I refused to be unhappy. I took a chance.


WANDA SYKES