23 Inspiring New Year's Quotes

Not everyone gets into the spirit of the holiday season (I'm looking at you, Grinch), but no one can deny there is a universal sense of hope that comes with ringing in the new year. Whether you're looking to put the past year behind you or you're just excited to see what this fresh start has in store for you, reading over some inspiring New Year's quotes is the perfect way to kick off a new year. Since January is right around the corner (and hopefully spring won't be too far behind), you might be looking for words of wisdom about new beginnings, too. From quick quotes to thought-provoking prose, literary legends and popular public figures have a wealth of inspiration to offer.

Even if you don't consider yourself to be in need of any grand revelations about the new year, sometimes you can still find literary gems in unexpected places. As the hectic holiday season begins to wind down and the new year rises on the horizon, let yourself be filled with hope, excitement, and an openness to what has yet to come. So kick back, grab some hot cocoa, put on your favorite fluffy slippers, and get ready to be inspired with these uplifting New Year's quotes.

"For last year's words belong to last year's language. And next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning." — T.S. Eliot

"Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page." — Henry Ward Beecher

"Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning." — Desmond Tutu

"Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like." ― Lao Tzu

"There are as many worlds as there are kinds of days, and as an opal changes its colors and its fire to match the nature of a day, so do I." — John Steinbeck

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

"We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise, we harden." — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Each age has deemed the new-born year the fittest time for festal cheer." ― Walter Scott

"Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering 'it will be happier.'" — Alfred Tennyson

"One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: to rise above the little things." — John Burroughs

"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

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." — Eleanor Roosevelt

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." — C.S. Lewis

"Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love." — Mother Teresa

"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." — Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The best thing to hold onto in life is each other." — Audrey Hepburn

"Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." — Carl Bard

"The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals." — Melody Beattie

"Don't worry about being worried. You're heading out on an adventure and you can always change your mind along the way and try something else." — Tracy Kidder

"All of us, every single year, we're a different person. I don't think we're the same person all our lives." — Steven Spielberg

"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day." ― Edith Lovejoy Pierce

"Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man." — Benjamin Franklin

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