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21 inspirational quotes to set the tone for 2019

Inspirational quotes for 2019
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Let’s face it: 2018 was not a great year for a lot of people, for a lot of reasons. But the good news is that we’re about to turn the page on another calendar year and get a fresh start on everything come January 1. Basically, there’s no better time to make a resolution, set a goal or simply take a step back and change your mindset.

Need some inspiration? We have you covered. Below are some inspirational quotes, both modern and not so modern, that will have you entering 2019 with hope, motivation, joy and determination.


Want more? See other features on gratitude and thankfulness here!


Make mistakes

“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.”
— Neil Gaiman


Thank your past years

“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


Let it go

“But when we really delve into the reasons for why we can’t let something go, there are only two: an attachment to the past or a fear for the future.”
— Marie Kondo


Pump yourself up

“Sometimes you just have to put on lip gloss and pretend to be psyched.”
— Mindy Kaling


Find your (new) voice

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language / And next year’s words await another voice.”
— T.S. Eliot


Believe in yourself

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.”
— J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


Don’t lose your vigor

“As long as I am breathing, in my eyes, I am just beginning.”
— Criss Jami


Be bold

“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”
— Audre Lorde


Keep moving forward

“If you can’t fly, then run; if you can’t run, then walk; if you can’t walk, then crawl; but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”
— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Stay positive

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson


Practice kindness

“Well, we have a whole new year ahead of us. And wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all be a little more gentle with each other, a little more loving, and have a little more empathy, and maybe, next year at this time we’d like each other a little more.”
— Judy Garland


Do better, every day

“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.”
— Paulo Coelho


Carpe diem

“Don’t count the days. Make the days count.”
— Muhammad Ali


Don’t worry

“If something is wrong, fix it now. But train yourself not to worry, worry fixes nothing.”
— Ernest Hemingway


Embrace the potential

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”
— Oprah Winfrey


Be yourself

“Never be ashamed! There’s some who will hold it against you, but they are not worth bothering with.”
— J.K. Rowling


Put your best foot forward

“What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year.”
— Vern McLellan


Take chances

“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not making decisions.”
— Catherine Cook


Have courage

“Courage is the greatest of all virtues, because if you haven’t courage, you may not have an opportunity to use any of the others.”
— Samuel Johnson


Replace your regrets

“Each year’s regrets are envelopes in which messages of hope are found for the new year.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson


Start fresh

“And now we come to the New Year, full of things that have never been.”
— Rainer Maria Rilke

Inspirational quotes for 2019
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