It’s a new year and a new chapter, and turning the calendar page has us feeling rejuvenated and excited for a fresh start. In the spirit of New Year’s optimism, we’d like to kick off this brand-new year with a selection of uplifting quotes from our favourite writers and thinkers to inspire you to start 2021 on the right foot.

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”

–  Eleanor Roosevelt

“You’ll never get bored when you try something new. There’s really no limit to what you can do.”

–  Dr. Seuss

“There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”

–  C.S. Lewis

Pictured here: Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland journal

“Last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice.”

– T.S. Eliot

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” 

– Maya Angelou

“Strength shows not only in the ability to persist, but the ability to start over.”

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

Pictured here: Chloe journal

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.”

– Henry David Thoreau

“And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.”

– Rainer Maria Rilke

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

– William Shakespeare

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

– Martin Luther King

Do you have a favourite inspirational quote for the New Year? Let us know in the comments!

Pictured here: Mischievous Creatures journal


  1. I have several inspirational quotes, whether it’s the new year or anytime.

    “Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to have a good attitude while waiting.”
    Joyce Meyer

    “Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.”
    Maya Angelou

    “Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing, that we see too late the one that is open.”
    Alexander Graham Bell

    “Never be a prisoner of your past. It was just a lesson, not a life sentence.”

    “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.”

    “A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.”

    “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

    May your new year have the change you desire.

    • Wow, these are great! Thank you for sharing them, Mike. I particularly love “Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.” Happy New Year to you too!


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