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50 Inspirational New Year’s Quotes for 2021

Start the new year off right with these inspiring thoughts.

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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. After, you might also want to take a look through these happy quotes, too.

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"You can find inspiration in everything. If you can't, then you're not looking properly."—Paul Smith, fashion designer.rd.com, Getty Images

 On finding inspiration

“You can find inspiration in everything. If you can’t, then you’re not looking properly.”—Paul Smith, fashion designer. Here are 50 more inspirational quotes to wake up to.

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"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, athleterd.com, Getty Images

 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.

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"Don’t make plans, make options."—Jennifer Aniston, actor.rd.com, Getty Images

On staying flexible

“Don’t make plans, make options.”—Jennifer Aniston, actor. These uplifting quotes will stay with you. 

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"If you don’t find your passion in your paycheck, go find it somewhere else." —Sara Haines, journalist.rd.com, Getty Images

On doing what you love

“If you don’t find your passion in your paycheck, go find it somewhere else.” —Sara Haines, journalist.

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"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, musicianrd.com, Getty Images

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. These powerful kindness quotes will make an impression on you.

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"The way I look at it, every day that I’m moving forward is a day I’m not moving backward." —Bobby Bones, radio personalityrd.com, Getty Images

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. 

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"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, athleterd.com, Getty Images

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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"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, actorrd.com, Getty Images

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. Find out some inspirational quotes about teaching.

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"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, entrepreneurrd.com, Getty Images

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. These quarantine quotes are actually pretty funny.

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"Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable." —Mary Oliver, poetrd.com, Getty Images

On being open to possibilities

“Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.” —Mary Oliver, poet. Read these romantic quotes from books.

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"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, comedianrd.com, Getty Images

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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"I think the more unexpected something is, the more there is to learn from it." —Michael J. Fox, actorrd.com, Getty Images

 On learning from past experiences

“I think the more unexpected something is, the more there is to learn from it.” —Michael J. Fox, actor.

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"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, writerrd.com, Getty Images

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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"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, actorrd.com, Getty Images

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. These holiday quotes capture the warmth of the season.

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"Whenever it feels uncomfortable to tell the truth, that's often the most important time to tell it." —Jennifer Lopez, musician.rd.com, Getty Images

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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"Don't wait your turn. Bet on yourself and have the confidence to stand up and say, 'my time is now.'" —Robert F. Smith, businessmanrd.com, Getty Images

On asserting yourself

“Don’t wait your turn. Bet on yourself and have the confidence to stand up and say, ‘my time is now.'” —Robert F. Smith, businessman. These Winnie the Pooh quotes will tug at your heartstrings.

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"And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good." —John Steinbeck, writerrd.com, Getty Images

On letting go

“And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.” —John Steinbeck, writer.

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"You never go wrong when you take the high road—it’s less crowded up there." —Gayle King, journalistrd.com, Getty Images

On being the bigger person

“You never go wrong when you take the high road—it’s less crowded up there.” —Gayle King, journalist.

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"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, actorrd.com, Getty Images

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. Read these 27 hope quotes that will instantly lift you up..

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"You don’t have to be perfect to help people. All you have to be is real." —Trent Shelton, motivational speakerrd.com, Getty Images

On offering support

“You don’t have to be perfect to help people. All you have to be is real.” —Trent Shelton, motivational speaker.

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"A surplus of effort could overcome a deficit of confidence." —Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court Justicerd.com, Getty Images

 On letting your work speak for itself

“A surplus of effort could overcome a deficit of confidence.” —Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court Justice. Read these confidence-boosting quotes from awesome women in history.

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"'Life is short' really means 'do something.'" —Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, writerrd.com, Getty Images

On seizing the moment

“‘Life is short’ really means ‘do something.'” —Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, writer.

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"Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." —Pablo Picasso, artist.rd.com, Getty Images

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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"If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles." —Doug Larson, columnistrd.com, Getty Images

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. These spring quotes celebrate the season.

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"If you just keep putting one foot in front of the other, fantastical things can happen." —Sheryl Crow, musicianrd.com, Getty Images

On persevering

“If you just keep putting one foot in front of the other, fantastical things can happen.” —Sheryl Crow, musician.

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"The sky isn’t the limit—the sky has no limit." —Sarah Barker, astrophysicistrd.com, Getty Images

On realizing your potential

“The sky isn’t the limit—the sky has no limit.” —Sarah Barker, astrophysicist.

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"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, actorrd.com, Getty Images

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. These 63 best friend quotes sum up the value of friendship.

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"My best ideas come to me when I’m bored. I’d love to be bored more, but there just isn't time." —Sam Reich, producerrd.com, Getty Images

On getting enough downtime

“My best ideas come to me when I’m bored. I’d love to be bored more, but there just isn’t time.” —Sam Reich, producer.

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"They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." —Andy Warhol, artist.rd.com, Getty Images

On enacting change

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” —Andy Warhol, artist. Here are some of the most beautiful quotes about nature.

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"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, musicianrd.com, Getty Images

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.

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"Age is not the enemy. Stagnation is the enemy. Complacency is the enemy." —Twyla Tharp, dancer.rd.com, Getty Images

On resisting complacency

“Age is not the enemy. Stagnation is the enemy. Complacency is the enemy.” —Twyla Tharp, dancer.

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"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, actorrd.com, Getty Images

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. Read these 21 inspirational quotes that will make you more successful.

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"The world is not yours for the taking, but for the trying. Try hard." —Scott Galloway, professorrd.com, Getty Images

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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"You’re never too broken to be fixed." —Jonathan Van Ness, television personalityrd.com, Getty Images

On believing in yourself

“You’re never too broken to be fixed.” —Jonathan Van Ness, television personality. Find out some of the most inspiring quotes from the People’s Princess.

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"I'd rather regret the risks that didn't work out than the chances I didn't take at all." —Simone Biles, athleterd.com, Getty Images

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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"I could give example after example of how doing the right thing ended up making us more money." —Yvon Chouinard, businessmanrd.com, Getty Images

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.

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"I listen to everyone. Then I do what I want." —Diane Von Furstenberg, fashion designerrd.com, Getty Images

On owning your choices

“I listen to everyone. Then I do what I want.” —Diane Von Furstenberg, fashion designer.

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"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, journalistrd.com, Getty Images

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.

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"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.rd.com, Getty Images

 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. These funny marriage quotes might actually be true.

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"Next time you are discussing an important issue with someone, ask yourself, 'Is this a monologue or dialogue?' Personally, I’m only interested in the latter." —Reese Witherspoon, actorrd.com, Getty Images

On having meaningful conversations

“Next time you are discussing an important issue with someone, ask yourself, ‘Is this a monologue or dialogue?’ Personally, I’m only interested in the latter.” —Reese Witherspoon, actor.

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"Be the hardest working person you know. If you’re not, someone else will be." —Ian Brennan, screenwriterrd.com, Getty Images

On taking pride in your work

“Be the hardest working person you know. If you’re not, someone else will be.” —Ian Brennan, screenwriter. These 12 powerful Mother Theresa quotes will definitely stay with you.

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"You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams."—Dr. Seuss, writerrd.com, Getty Images

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.

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"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, designerrd.com, Getty Images

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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"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, actorrd.com, Getty Images

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. Here are 50 of the most famous movie quotes of all time.

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"The place in which I’ll fit will not exist until I make it." —James Baldwin, writer.rd.com, Getty Images

On fitting in

“The place in which I’ll fit will not exist until I make it.” —James Baldwin, writer.

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"When you’re young, you’re encouraged to try new things. At a certain age, nobody says that to you anymore. If you’re lucky enough to be alive, why not say yes to all of it at any age?" —Mary Steenburgen, actorrd.com, Getty Images

On trying new things

“When you’re young, you’re encouraged to try new things. At a certain age, nobody says that to you anymore. If you’re lucky enough to be alive, why not say yes to all of it at any age?” —Mary Steenburgen, actor.

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"Don’t let a win get to your head, and loss to your heart." —Chuck D, rapperrd.com, Getty Images

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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"Some people feel confusion and uncertainty and do nothing. Don’t do nothing." —Alex Dimitrov, poet.rd.com, Getty Images

On taking action

“Some people feel confusion and uncertainty and do nothing. Don’t do nothing.” —Alex Dimitrov, poet.

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"We either make ourselves miserable or make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same." —Carlos Castaneda, writerrd.com, Getty Images

On using your energy wisely

“We either make ourselves miserable or make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” —Carlos Castaneda, writer.

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"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, writerrd.com, Getty Images

On prioritizing

“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. Now, check out the 121 funniest quotes of all time.

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