New Year’s quotes are an excellent way to reflect upon the newness of the year ahead while leaving the past behind. Quotes differ from resolutions as they are often inspirational and encouraging sayings that may serve to motivate you and create a positive outlook. New Year’s resolutions, on the other hand, are centered more upon an action that you plan to take in the new year, and a habit or behavior from the previous year you want to stop engaging in. New Year’s quotes help set the stage for creating resolutions as they set a healthy, positive atmosphere for your mind. Reciting positive New Year’s quotes can help you feel excited about the year ahead.
Our first quote comes from Neil Gaiman and is a wonderful reminder that in the new year, you need to be kind to yourself. Gaiman always has wonderful quotes and this is no exception. He speaks of magic, dreams, and good madness which most agree is a great mix for an exciting and adventurous year. He also reminds us to create art in the new year. Whether it is through song, poetry, or the written word, we are creative beings and in the new year, we must remember to create. He also includes to “live as only you can” as if this is the greatest art form and expression we can do with our lives. Those who enjoy literary New Year’s quotes may find more at Good Reads.
Here is Neil Gaiman’s New Year’s quote.
— Neil Gaiman Rules (@GaimanRules) December 29, 2015
Our next quote is perfect for writers and is shared by Motivate Us Today. The quote is part of 30 inspirational New Year’s quotes and reminds us that a new year is a new chance to rewrite our destiny and future. This is very much in line with the symbolism that historically is associated with New Year’s. For centuries, New Year’s Eve has been depicted as the old man Father Time, who passes the reigns to Baby New Year, as seen in this work of art at the Met Museum. The old is gone and the new has begun.
— extremely shocking d (@quntanaseptimo) November 1, 2015
Here is the New Year’s quote about rewriting 2016.
— MotivateUsToday (@MotivateUsToday) December 29, 2015
Our next New Year’s quote follows the writing theme. It reminds us that we live our lives like a story and while we can’t go back and rewrite the past, we can always change the direction our lives are headed and write ourselves a new ending. This is a powerful message for those who may feel burdened by the mistakes of the past. The quote comes from Carl Bard.
— Decoration4Occasions (@decor4occasions) December 28, 2015
Here are several more popular New Year’s quotes.
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.”
― T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
“Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”
― Brad Paisley
“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”
― Oprah Winfrey
“Each age has deemed the new-born year
The fittest time for festal cheer.”
― Walter Scott
Our final quote is from Rumi and though it is simple, it is extremely powerful. It states, “If all you can do is crawl, then start crawling.”
This message is truly deep and inspirational. Many people become stuck in their lives. They are stagnant, become filled with despair, and stop progressing or moving forward. There are a number of different reasons why someone could become stuck in life. Some people are depressed, others are overcome with feelings of guilt and shame Sometimes addictions come into play and a person feels their life has spiraled so out of control that there is no way to reel it back in. This isn’t the case. As long as there is life, there is hope for change. Maybe you can’t run, but you can move. Maybe your progress will be slower than what you like, but you will progress. Do whatever you can with whatever you have, and eventually you will reach your goal.
— angelwindust (@angelwindust) April 8, 2014
Here are some videos that contain New Year’s quotes. Do you have any New Year’s quotes you’d like to share?
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