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New Year's Quotes: 15 Inspirational Sayings To Start Your New Year Off Right

02/11/2013 03:30 EST | Updated 04/12/2013 11:54 EDT
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When undertaking a life change like a New Year’s resolution, it always helps to be inspired. Sometimes inspiration comes in the gentle nudge of a good friend or the hearty encouragement of a loved one, sometimes it comes when you see the fruits of your labour, and sometimes... it doesn’t come at all. No matter how hard you want to stay motivated, you’ve hit a wall. You’re tired. You’re ready to quit.

For those times when you’ve got no more gusto but know you don’t want to give up on your goal, draw on the wisdom of the greats — the writers, the leaders, the artists who achieved great feats in their own lives, and moved others to do amazing things. Check out these inspirational quotes from some of the heroes of the modern and not-so-modern age — and then go and get ‘em.

15 Inspirational New Year's Quotes

“After all these years, I am still involved in the process of self-discovery. It's better to explore life and make mistakes than to play it safe. Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.” - Sophia Loren

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” - George Eliot

“All our dreams can come true - if we have the courage to pursue them.” - Walt Disney

”I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” - Thomas Edison

”Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” - Henry Ford

”You must be the change you want to see in the world.” - M.K. Gandhi

”The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” - Chinese Proverb

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” - Abraham Lincoln

“No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.” - Maya Angelou

“I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.” - Wayne Gretzky

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”- Helen Keller

“Do or Do Not. There is no Try.” - Yoda

“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” - Harriet Beecher Stowe

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” - Anne Frank

“If you want the rainbow, you've got to put up with the rain.” - Dolly Parton