Literature that is not the breath of contemporary society, that dares not transmit the pains and fears of that society, that does not warn in time against threatening moral and social dangers -- such literature does not deserve the name of literature; it is only a fa?ade. Such literature loses the confidence of its own people, and its published works are used as wastepaper instead of being read.
Mediocre people have an answer for everything and are astonished at nothing. They always want to have the air of knowing better than you what you are going to tell them; when, in their turn, they begin to speak, they repeat to you with the greatest confidence, as if dealing with their own property, the things that they have heard you say yourself at some other place. A capable and superior look is the natural accompaniment of this type of character.
No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.
Nothing is less sincere than our mode of asking and giving advice. He who asks seems to have a deference for the opinion of his friend, while he only aims to get approval of his own and make his friend responsible for his action. And he who gives advice repays the confidence supposed to be placed in him by a seemingly disinterested zeal, while he seldom means anything by his advice but his own interest or reputation.
Self-confidence/assurance is a feeling of trust or confidence in one's abilities, qualities, skills, intellect, brain, strenght, character and stuffs like that. Now listen up, you should be self-confident/assured. But, never be overconfident/assured i.e. never be excessively confident or assured. For, your ability/quality/skill/intellect/brain/strenght or a stuff like that can fail or disappoint you even when you least expect it or rather when you need it most.
Self-confidence/assurance is simply all about being on a firm ground i.e. self-confidence/assurance is all about being 100% assured/confident of your self/potential/skill/ability/belief. Now that infers, whoever that is not assured/confident of his/her potential/skill/ability/belief is never self-confident/assured. So, dare to be self-assured/confident if you've not been self-confident/assured.
Somehow I can't believe that there are any heights that can't be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C s. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.