ᐅTop143+ Cocky Quotes, Quotes on Cockiness & Confidence

“Stupidity combined with arrogance and a huge ego will get you a long way.” ― Chris Lowe

“An arrogant person considers himself perfect. This is the chief harm of arrogance. It interferes with a person’s main task in life – becoming a better person.” ― Leo Tolstoy

“It is a slippery slope from arrogance to violence.” ― Abhijit Naskar

“Arrogance is incurable.” ― Muriel Spark

“Any man who thinks he has it all figured out is a fool and cannot be trusted.” ― A.D. Aliwat

“One who possesses arrogance as a dominant personality trait, rarely has close friends.” ― RJ Intindola

“Ask yourself: am I one of those fools who always has to be right?” ― Marty Rubin

“Pride in power and arrogance is condemnable. Power is always fleeting.” ― Srinivas Mishra

“You cannot be truly humble, unless you truly believe that life can and will go on without you.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“For without a measure of arrogance, how can one attempt the impossible?” ― Renee Ahdieh

“Women scheme when they are weak, they lie out of fear. Men scheme when they are strong, they lie out of arrogance.” ― Julian Barnes

“Arrogance is in everything I do. It is in my gestures, the harshness of my voice, in the glow of my gaze, in my sinewy, tormented face.” – Coco Chanel

“Timing and arrogance are decisive factors in the successful use of talent.” – Marya Mannes

“Walking in the mountains helps me unwind, but it also reminds me in a painful way that the real beauty in life is nature and animals, and that the human race, in all its arrogance, is intent on destroying it.” – Sylvie Guillem

“There are two kinds of pride, both good and bad. ‘Good pride’ represents our dignity and self-respect. ‘Bad pride’ is the deadly sin of superiority that reeks of conceit and arrogance.” – John C. Maxwell

“A little arrogance (or even a lot) isn’t such a bad thing, although your mother undoubtedly told you differently. Mine did. “Pride goeth before a fall, Stephen”, she said… and then I found out – right around the age that is 19 x 2 – that eventually you fall down, anyway.” – Stephen King

“I never thought that I couldn’t do what I set out to do. It wasn’t from arrogance; it was from ignorance.” – Orson Bean

“Some people confuse confidence with arrogance. There’s no doubt in the business world there are a few big egos and I think arrogance can get in the way. But if you have the confidence to go to your higher superior and say this is wrong, it can make a difference.” – Ben Fogle

“When someone has that combination of arrogance and ignorance – that drives me crazy.” – Susan Lucci

“Ambition is disfigured into arrogance when it becomes unmoored from self-awareness, from a realistic assessment of one’s competences.” – Maria Popova

“An extraordinary amount of arrogance is present in any claim of having been the first in inventing something.” – Benoit Mandelbrot

“I would just say that nobody could do what I do unless you had a big ego. It’s the only way you can really put it. You have to be arrogant enough to challenge the arrogance of the human race.” – Paul Watson

“This searching and doubting and vacillating where nothing is clear but the arrogance of quest. I, too, had such noble ideas when I was still a boy.” – Franz Grillparzer

“Humility is a virtue of the heavenly, not arrogance. Are we the most superior beast on earth? No, not in strength and not in intelligence. It is very arrogant to assume that we are the most intelligent species when we keep repeating the same mistakes over and over again. Both rats and monkeys have been shown to learn from error, yet we have not. More people have died in the name of religion than any other cause on earth. Is massacring God’s creations really serving God – or the devil? And what father would want to see his children constantly divided and fighting? What God would allow a single human life to be sacrificed for monetary gain? Again, the Creator or the devil?” – Suzy Kassem

“By my count, more business leaders have failed and derailed because of arrogance than any other character flaw.” – Harvey Mackay

“People can overlook any shortcoming, but they will not tolerate arrogance.” – Sushma Swaraj

“You have to be confident when you’ve got someone in front of you who wants to beat you and take the title from you. But I think people mistake my confidence for arrogance or cockiness.” – Amir Khan

“I have been called arrogant myself in my time, and hope to earn the title again, but to claim that I am privy to the secrets of the universe and its creator – that’s beyond my conceit.” – Christopher Hitchens

“You must not forget that you have been given worldly means to use and employ against human arrogance and wrong.” – Knute Nelson

“You can have a certain arrogance, and I think that’s fine, but what you should never lose is the respect for the others.” – Steffi Graf

“Confidence in a bloke would be arrogance in a woman. For years, I didn’t give interviews because I was scared of people judging me or thinking I was arrogant.” – Alice Lowe

“Without humor, we’d all be what we’re laughing at. Without arrogance, we’d be humiliated to admit we already are.” – Bauvard

“Kindness is strength. Good-nature is often mistaken for virtue, and good health sometimes passes for genius. Anger blows out the lamp of the mind. In the examination of a great and important question, everyone should be serene, slow-pulsed, and calm. Intelligence is not the foundation of arrogance. Insolence is not logic. Epithets are the arguments of malice.” – Robert Green Ingersoll

“Arrogance is a creature. It does not have senses. It has only a sharp tongue and the pointing finger.” – Toba Beta

“It is not a sign of arrogance for the king to rule. That is what he is there for.” – William F. Buckley, Jr.

“I see myself capable of arrogance and brutality… That’s a fierce thing, to discover within yourself that which you despise the most in others.” – George Stevens

“I’ve turned arrogance into an art form, where it’s so absurd that it becomes comedy. But I’ve never done anything to hurt anybody or steal from anyone.” – John Lydon

“The biggest turn-off for me is people who think the world of themselves. Arrogance is not a sexy quality, and it really gets on my nerves.” – Pixie Lott

“Do not let arrogance go to your head and despair to your heart; do not let compliments go to your head and criticisms to your heart; do not let success go to your head and failure to your heart.” – Roy T. Bennett

“I like to think that my arrogance, impetuosity, impatience, selfishness and greed are the qualities that make me the lovable chap I am.” – Richard Hammond

“Without the compassionate understanding of the fear and trepidation that lie behind courageous speech, we are bound only to our arrogance.” – David Whyte

“Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.” – Sun Tzu

“Success can breed all kinds of other behavior and cause companies to behave a certain way that isn’t necessarily the ingredients for achieving more success. For instance, with success comes arrogance, and that’s typically the death of success.” – Bob Iger

“He who seeks truth shall find beauty. He who seeks beauty shall find vanity. He who seeks order shall find gratification. He who seeks gratification shall be disappointed. He who considers himself the servant of his fellow beings shall find the joy of self-expression. He who seeks self-expression shall fall into the pit of arrogance.” – Moshe Safdie

“Sometimes it’s difficult to accept, to recognize one’s own mistakes, but one must do it. I was guilty of overconfidence and arrogance, and I was punished for that.” – Mikhail Gorbachev

“Be careful not to mistake insecurity and inadequacy for humility! Humility has nothing to do with the insecure and inadequate! Just like arrogance has nothing to do with greatness!” – C. JoyBell C.

“That arrogance of youth and that kind of ignorant confidence can get you through a whole lot of things, and then life does its stuff, and you get smashed around and beaten up. You get full of doubts, and you end up making a person out of those bits and pieces.” – Robyn Davidson

“Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.” – William Pollard

“If you aren’t humble, whatever empathy you claim is false and probably results from some arrogance or the desire to control. But true empathy is rooted in humility and the understanding that there are many people with as much to contribute in life as you.” – Anand Mahindra

“There are two circumstances that lead to arrogance: one is when you’re wrong and you can’t face it; the other is when you’re right and nobody else can face it.” – Criss Jami

“Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose the former and have seen no reason to change.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“Arrogance, ignorance, and incompetence. Not a pretty cocktail of personality traits in the best of situations. No sirree. Not a pretty cocktail in an office-mate and not a pretty cocktail in a head of state. In fact, in a leader, it’s a lethal cocktail.” – Graydon Carter

“My success isn’t a result of arrogance – it’s a result of belief.” – Conor McGregor

“Modesty is only arrogance by stealth.” – Terry Pratchett

“Anyone who knows me well will tell you that arrogance is one of my flaws.” ― Randy Pausch

“There’s a difference between confidence and arrogance.” ― Leigh Bardugo

“It is a form of arrogance to assume that other people are even thinking about you.” – Mary Gauthier

“As an artist you have to have a certain amount of arrogance.” – Kim Weston

“In hindsight, I slid into arrogance based upon past success.” – Reed Hastings

“False modesty can be worse than arrogance.” – David Mitchell

“Arrogance – I have very little tolerance for that.” – Rita Moreno

“There is a very thin line between confidence and arrogance.” – Adam Peaty

When I first saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.

I meant to behave but there were too many other options.

The darkest nights produce the brightest stars.

You had me at hello.

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.

Together is my favorite place to be.

A year from now you'll wish you started today.

I like me a little bit more when i'm with you.

Men go shopping to buy what they need. Women go shopping to find out what they want.

You don't need someone to complete you. You only need someone to accept you completely.

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.

Don't look back you're not going that way.

I meant to behave but there were too many other options.

When I first saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.

Together is my favorite place to be.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Money may not buy happiness, but it's better to cry in a Lamborghini.

A true friend is someone who accepts your past, supports your present and encourages your future.

You don't need someone to complete you. You only need someone to accept you completely.

What a beautiful world it would be if people had hearts like dogs.

Together is my favorite place to be.

You had me at hello.

Dogs teach us a lot of things but none more important than to love unconditionally.

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

I like me a little bit more when i'm with you.

A year from now you'll wish you started today.

I told you I'll be ready in FIVE minutes, stop calling me every half hour.

"When you Google me, you'll find a lot of people don't like Richard Dreyfuss. Because I'm cocky and I present a cocky attitude. But no one has ever disagreed with the notion I represent, that we need more civic education. So far there's 100 percent support for that." ~ Richard Dreyfuss

"I enjoyed hitting in the Major Leagues more than in the Minor Leagues. I didn't want to tell anybody it was easier, because I didn't want to sound cocky. But Major League pitchers had better control, and most of them were around the plate." ~ Willie McCovey

"Opting for gold shoes could have been considered downright cocky, but I was confident and never doubted my ability to deliver gold medals to match my shimmering footwear." ~ Michael Johnson

"Not saying I rate myself lots now, but I rate myself more because I've been exercising. I'd say a six now. Just above average. There are a lot of good-looking people out there, you see, so more than six is getting a bit cocky." ~ Peter Andre

"There's downtime in music, which obviously is necessary or else you'd lose your mind in other ways, but if we're on tour and there's electricity from the audience, if you're getting a good response, then that's the positive side of the mojo where I could feel cocky and just know I'm doing good and then there's a time all of a sudden when you're alone and you just don't know if people will like it." ~ Kurt Vile

"I don't know how to fix a car. If the car breaks down, and the gas tank does not say "E", I'm screwed. But if the gas tank says "E", I get all cocky - "I've got this one, don't worry." So I get out the toolbox AKA wallet." ~ Mitch Hedberg

"I've always been jealous of people who can tell stories really well in a room with a bunch of people. I've never been good at it because I'm not cocky enough to be like, "Okay, everyone, listen right now to this. I'm going to blow your minds with this joke."" ~ Brendan Benson

"All I knew was I just wanted to make music, I wasn't thinking about label politics or what that means. It was really much simpler back then but yea I was discouraged a little bit. I felt really confident in my skills when I was that young, I was really cocky when I was younger." ~ Lloyd

"That's why Serena Williams is such a hero for me, because she's got such incredible swagger, and it's earned, and she can teach us that it is a good thing. The fact that she has been denigrated and called cocky - I mean, she's the best in the world! I hope my work can inspire other women to have that swagger and believe that they can have it all." ~ Gina Prince-Bythewood

"I've spent enough time with soldiers to know that once they get to know you and they loosen up and become themselves, they are some of the biggest hams and most charismatic, cocky, fun, humorous guys I've ever met." ~ Peter Berg

"And then the industry itself was so cocky about what they were doing that they weren't seeing what was coming on the horizon with Japan and Germany and other places that were building smaller cars." ~ David Maraniss

"I think a lot of people mistake my confidence on stage for cockiness in real life, and that's actually farthest from the truth. When I'm on stage I'm that confident and that cocky, because I have a microphone in my hand, and there's a few thousand people staring at me. And I know they're there to laugh." ~ Russell Peters

"I have the Midas touch, in the way that when I hook up with a project, I feel, not speaking cocky or conceited, but there's a confidence I have. I learned that from Muhammad Ali; I used to bodyguard him. He taught me about confidence. So when it comes to any job I work, I'm gonna do it good; I'm going to bring it over the top." ~ Mr. T

"Look, it's very easy to sit here right now with some films in the bank that I like and think I have a shot and feel pretty cocky. But, you know, three years from now, I could very easily be saying, 'Paper or plastic?'" ~ George Clooney