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23 Inspirational Quotes To Start 2017

Whether you have post-Christmas blues or are generally feeling overwhelmed/underwhelmed by sticking to your New Year resolutions, there’s always a motivational quote to lift your spirits. I chose these quotes carefully, wanting only to share something that I would be happy to stick on my wall – as you may know, some motivational quotes get on my nerves. But I promise you that at least one of these will make you feel a little more powerful or a little more hopeful for the new year, or any time of the year really.

  1. “I was smart enough to go through any door that opened.” – Joan Rivers
  2. “Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” – Golda Meir
  3. “Life is about making an impact, not making an income.” – Kevin Kruse
  4. “I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.” – Estée Lauder
  5. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein
  6.  “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky
  7. “Power’s not given to you. You have to take it.” – Beyoncé Knowles Carter
  8. “I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.” – Lucille Ball
  9. “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon
  10. “Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being.” – Kevin Kruse
  11. “If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” – Dolly Parton
  12. “Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” – Jim Rohn
  13. “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  14. “Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.” – Oprah Winfrey
  15. “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall
  16. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  17. “I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life.” – Louise Hay
  18. “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” – Mother Teresa
  19. “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” – Farrah Gray
  20. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand
  21. “Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.” – Simone de Beauvoir
  22. “Don’t you ever let a soul in the world tell you that you can’t be exactly who you are.” – Lady Gaga
  23. “Normal is not something to aspire to, it’s something to get away from.” – Jodie Foster

What motivational mantras keep you going? Let me know in the comments below!


  1. olivia

    This quote: “Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being” is one of my favourite. Thanks for sharing a handpicked inspirational quotes which were truly inspiring.

  2. Marta

    You’ve chosen really great quotes! Some of them I’ve already written in my new planner and I feel it will keep me motivated 🙂

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