As the year draws to a close, we have a tendency to start planning for the year ahead. But the best way to create change is to set a clear intention. We share 20 inspiring quotes to help you start the new year inspired.
With a new year comes a new opportunity to pause and think about the year that has been. But New Year's Day isn’t all about leaving the past behind—it’s also about facing new challenges with a fresh perspective. This is where inspirational quotes come in handy.
Inspirational quotes serve as small reminders that keep you on track as the year moves forward. These quotes are perfect as your desktop wallpaper, a poster in the office, or a written note stuck to your computer.
We’ve curated 20 quotes from some of our favorite writers, authors, and inspiring personalities to get you ready for the year ahead.
Quotes for starting over
For many, the new year is a time to start over with a clean slate. These quotes are the perfect way to think about the goals you want to set before the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve.
“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”
“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”
“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.”
—Edith Lovejoy Pierce
"New Year's Day is every man's birthday."
— Charles Lamb
Quotes on appreciating the past
Reflecting on the year that has been is a great way to assess your experiences and what learnings have you picked up. These can help set the goals you set for the upcoming year. Here are some quotes that will inspire self-reflection.
“In the New Year, never forget to thank your past years because they enabled you to reach today! Without the stairs of the past, you cannot arrive at the future!”
—Mehmet Murat Ildan
“Any new beginning is forged from the shards of the past, not from the abandonment of the past.”
—Craig D. Lounsbrough
“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can install in us.”
Quotes for embracing mistakes
Mistakes are often seen as negative—some believing that when you make a mistake, it means you aren't doing well. These quotes offer a different perspective.
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.
So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”
"Take chances, make mistakes. That's how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave."
—Mary Tyler Moore
"By taking the time to stop and appreciate who you are and what you've achieved—and perhaps learned through a few mistakes, stumbles and losses—you actually can enhance everything about you. Self-acknowledgment and appreciation are what give you the insights and awareness to move forward toward higher goals and accomplishments."
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."
Quotes for continuing your journey
As we grow older, we learn new lessons and become better versions of ourselves. No matter the outcome, part of any goal is continuing the journey. These quotes will keep you going.
"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."
“Make New Year's goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year. This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you're interested in fully living life in the year to come.”
"Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.”
"With the new year comes a refueled motivation to improve on the past one."
Quotes on being kind
What makes the world a great place to live in are the kinds of people in it. These quotes below encourage us to think of how we can make the new year better by doing things that will improve not just our lives, but the lives of others. We can also think of how our actions will affect others.
"Let our new year's resolution be this: We will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word."
"I have no way of knowing how people really feel, but the vast majority of those I meet couldn't be nicer. Every once in a while someone barks at me. My New Year's resolution is not to bark back."
Quotes for a renewed hope
Whether you are looking forward to the year ahead, or need a little more encouragement, these quotes below will help give you a renewed sense of hope for 2019. Take a look at these quotes from motivational speaker D’Simone, author William Arthur Ward, and another from Neil Gaiman.
“May Light always surround you;
Hope kindle and rebound you.
May your Hurts turn to Healing;
Your Heart embrace Feeling.
May Wounds become Wisdom;
Every Kindness a Prism.
May Laughter infect you;
Your Passion resurrect you.
May Goodness inspire
your Deepest Desires.
Through all that you Reach For,
May your arms Never Tire.”
"This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!"
—William Arthur Ward
"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art—write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself."