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  • Have you ever had a difference with a dear friend? How his letters, written in the period of love and confidence, sicken and rebuke you! What a dreary mourning it is to dwell upon those vehement protests of dead affection! What lying epitaphs they make over the corpse of love! What dark, cruel comments upon Life and Vanities! Most of us have got or written drawers full of them. They are closet-skeletons which we keep and shun
    (William Makepeace Thackeray, "Vanity Fair")
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  • Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot.
    (Truman Capote, "Breakfast at Tiffany's")
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  • Well, laddie, if you've let an old buzzard like me hurt you confidence, you couldn't have had much in the first place.
    (Tamora Pierce, "Alanna: The First Adventure")
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  • But even though she was attractive, there was something else about her that caught his eye. She was intelligent, he could sense that right away, and confident, too, as if she were able to move through life on her own terms. To him, these were the things that really mattered. Without them, beauty was nothing.
    (Nicholas Sparks, "Message in a Bottle")
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  • He looked at her. She was pretty still, with thick hair and soft eyes, and she moved so gracefully that it almost seemed as though she were gliding. He'd seen beautiful women before, though, women who caught his eye, but to his mind, they usually lacked the traits he found most desirable. Traits like intelligence, confidence, strength of spirit, passion, traits that inspired others to greatness, traits he aspired to himself.
    (Nicholas Sparks, "The Notebook")
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  • Now that I look back, it seems to me that in all that deep darkness a miracle was preparing. So I am right to remember it as a blessed time, and myself as waiting in confidence, even if I had no idea what i was waiting for.
    (Marilynne Robinson, "Gilead")
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  • My hands are out of practice, my eyes disused. Most of what I do is drawing, because the preparation of the surface, the laborious underpainting and detailed concentration... are too much for me. I have lost confidence: perhaps all I will ever be is what I am now.
    (Margaret Atwood, "Cat's Eye")
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  • When we dislike someone, or feel threatened by someone, the natural tendency is to focus on something we dislike about the person, something that irritates us. Unfortunately, when we do this--instead of seeing the deeper beauty of the person and giving them energy--we take energy away and actually do them harm. All they know is that they suddenly feel less beautiful and less confident, and it is because we sapped their energy.
    (James Redfield, "The Celestine Prophecy")
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  • It was not in her nature, however, to increase her vexations by dwelling on them. She was confident of having performed her duty, and to fret over unavoidable evils, or augment them by anxiety, was not part of her disposition.
    (Jane Austen, "Pride and Prejudice")
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  • You either choose this method of passing the evening because you are in each other's confidence, and have secret affairs to discuss, or because you. are conscious that your figures appear to the greatest advantage in walking;- if the first, I should be completely in your way, and if the second, I can admire you much better as I sit by the fire.
    (Jane Austen, "Pride and Prejudice")
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  • Off we skip like the most heartless things in the world, which is what children are, but so attractive; and we have an entirely selfish time, and then when we have need of special attention we nobly return for it, confident that we shall be rewarded instead of smacked.
    (J.M. Barrie, "Peter Pan")
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  • With wine and food, the confidence of my own table, and the necessity of reassuring my wife, I grew by insensible degrees courageous and secure.
    (H.G. Wells, "The War of the Worlds")
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  • Confidence is ignorance. If you're feeling cocky, it's because there's something you don't know.
    (Eoin Colfer, "Artemis Fowl")
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  • Wish and learn to smooth away the surly wrinkles, to raise your lids frankly, and change the fiends to confident, innocent angels, suspecting and doubting nothing, and always seeing friends where they are not sure of foes.
    (Emily Bronte, "Wuthering Heights")
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  • In rare moments of self-doubt, Dexter had once worried that a lack of intellect might hold him back in life, but here was a job where confidence, energy, perhaps even a certain arrogance were all that mattered, all qualities that lay within his grasp.
    (David Nicholls, "One Day")
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