50 Inspirational New Year’s Quotes for 2021
Start the new year off right with these inspiring thoughts.
Turning a new page
Everyone is ready for this year to be over—but turning to a new page on the calendar won’t magically erase all of the hardship that 2020 has brought. The key to making 2021 a better year is going into it with the right mindset. These inspirational quotes will help you do just that.
On finding inspiration
“You can find inspiration in everything. If you can’t, then you’re not looking properly.” —Paul Smith, fashion designer
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On being intentional
“Plant seeds every single day that you know who you are, you know what you’re about, and you know what goals you’ve set for yourself.” —Steph Curry, athlete
On staying flexible
“Don’t make plans, make options.” —Jennifer Aniston, actor
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On thinking for yourself
“It is your right to choose what you do and don’t do, to choose what you believe in and don’t believe in. It is your right to curate your life and your own perspective.” —Lady Gaga, musician
On making progress
“The way I look at it, every day that I’m moving forward is a day I’m not moving backward.” —Bobby Bones, radio personality
On keeping things in perspective
“You have those moments where you reflect and say, ‘No matter what I’m going through at the moment, you know what? Life ain’t bad.'” —Dwayne Wade, athlete
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On having it all
“It’s a myth that you can’t have it all. You can have it all—just maybe not all at the same time.” —Eva Longoria, actor
On following your dreams
“It is often easier to make progress on mega-ambitious dreams. Since no one else is crazy enough to do it, you have little competition.” —Larry Page, entrepreneur
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On being open to possibilities
“Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.” —Mary Oliver, poet
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On forging your own path
“Don’t be scared if you don’t do things in the right order. I didn’t think I’d have dessert before breakfast today, but hey, it turned out that way and I wouldn’t change a thing.” —Mindy Kaling, comedian
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On learning from past experiences
“I think the more unexpected something is, the more there is to learn from it.” —Michael J. Fox, actor
On making the most of each day
“One ought every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, writer
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On prioritizing happiness
“Happiness was always important to me, even at a young age. People would ask, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ I’d tell them, ‘I just want to be happy.'” —Goldie Hawn, actor
On telling the truth
“Whenever it feels uncomfortable to tell the truth, that’s often the most important time to tell it.” —Jennifer Lopez, musician
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On letting go
“And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.” —John Steinbeck, writer
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On being the bigger person
“You never go wrong when you take the high road—it’s less crowded up there.” —Gayle King, journalist
On valuing brains over beauty
“You can always put on a pretty dress, but it doesn’t matter what you wear on the outside if your mind isn’t strong.” —Angelina Jolie, actor
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On offering support
“You don’t have to be perfect to help people. All you have to be is real.” —Trent Shelton, motivational speaker
On letting your work speak for itself
“A surplus of effort could overcome a deficit of confidence.” —Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court Justice
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On accomplishing your goals
“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” —Pablo Picasso, artist
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On mastering the work/life balance
“If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.” —Doug Larson, columnist
“If you just keep putting one foot in front of the other, fantastical things can happen.” —Sheryl Crow, musician
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On realizing your potential
“The sky isn’t the limit—the sky has no limit.” —Sarah Barker, astrophysicist
On being a good friend
“We’re at our best when we support each other. Not when we cancel each other out for our past mistakes, but when we help each other to grow.” —Joaquin Phoenix, actor
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On enacting change
“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” —Andy Warhol, artist
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On embracing your individuality
“I’m deciding to be my own individual self, and it looks nothing like what anyone else is doing. There’s something so powerful about being unique.” —Alicia Keys, musician
On resisting complacency
“Age is not the enemy. Stagnation is the enemy. Complacency is the enemy.” —Twyla Tharp, dancer
On enjoying the little things
“The ‘success’ parts of life look good to others, but the best parts are actually the simple, daily experiences. This is true whether you’re an actor or a teacher or a waitress. I know because I’ve been all three.” —Lauren Graham, actor
On making a sincere effort
“The world is not yours for the taking, but for the trying. Try hard.” —Scott Galloway, professor
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On taking risks
“I’d rather regret the risks that didn’t work out than the chances I didn’t take at all.” —Simone Biles, athlete
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On listening to your moral compass
“I could give example after example of how doing the right thing ended up making us more money.” —Yvon Chouinard, businessman
On owning your choices
“I listen to everyone. Then I do what I want.” —Diane Von Furstenberg, fashion designer
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On surrounding yourself with good people
“There are more people doing good stuff and moving us forward than there are people sowing division. I surround myself with people who have faith.” —Maria Shriver, journalist
On keeping an open mind
“I strive to be a skeptic, in the best sense of that word: I question everything, and yet I’m open to everything” —Amy Tan, writer
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On taking pride in your work
“Be the hardest working person you know. If you’re not, someone else will be.” —Ian Brennan, screenwriter
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On finding true love
“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” —Dr. Seuss, writer
On taking time to recharge
“When we get home at night, we plug in our phones. But we don’t think of ourselves as phones that need to be recharged. You need to make sure you’re getting back up to 100%.” —Bobby Berk, designer
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On thinking positively
“I don’t believe in pessimism. If something doesn’t come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it’s going to rain, it will.” —Clint Eastwood, actor
On fitting in
“The place in which I’ll fit will not exist until I make it.” —James Baldwin, writer
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On not letting your failures define you
“Don’t let a win get to your head, and loss to your heart.” —Chuck D, rapper
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On taking action
“Some people feel confusion and uncertainty and do nothing. Don’t do nothing.” —Alex Dimitrov, poet
“When juggling as much as you are, remember that some balls are glass, and some are rubber. You can’t drop the glass balls.” —Nora Roberts, writer
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