11 Quotes to Get You Excited About the New Year

As one year comes to a close and the new one inevitably approaches, you may be hit with mixed feelings and emotions. Wherever you currently stand on the mood spectrum, we hope this set of quotes help inspire and excite you for what’s to come. Happy 2017!

It isn’t only a new year; it is a new chance for everyone to restart. – Mohammed Sekouty

And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.Rainer Maria Rilke




And I went into the New Year loving myself a little less, but a little more where it actually mattered.Dominic Riccitello

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language, And next year’s words await another voice. – T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

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We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives…not looking for flaws, but for potential. – Ellen Goodman

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




New Year – a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours.Alex Morritt

Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. – Hal Borland

There is too much said at New Years about turning over a new leaf. Are the old leaves all so badly written that we must hasten to forget them? Is the blank whiteness of the untouched page more pleasant to the eye or more fortifying to the will than those closely written, underlined, untidy, but familiar pages which make up the story of one’s life?Bliss Perry, “Turning the Old Leaves”, The Atlantic Monthly, January 1907



Which is your favorite? Post in the comment section below!

A special “thank you” to Shutterfly for contributing image quotes to this article. Looking for some great sayings for your holiday cards? Check out Shutterfly’s interactive collection!

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    • Deborah Patterson
    • December 29, 2016

    I love the Bliss Perry quote!

    • Kristine Lyons
    • December 29, 2016

    For last year’s words belong to last year’s language, And next year’s words await another voice. – T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

  1. Reply

    Thank you for sharing, Deborah and Kristine!

    • saroj
    • December 29, 2016

    Thanx for new year quote ..so inspiring nd motivate to more improvement on every sector …Wish u advance happy New year…

    1. Reply

      Many thanks, Saroj! Happy New Year to you and yours.

    • Alex
    • January 21, 2017

    Hi Victoria, thankyou for choosing to display my ‘New Year’ quote in this post. Your decision along with that of many others worldwide inspired me to publish ‘Lines & Lenses – A Quotographic Collection’ which you can preview here: http://www.blurb.com/b/7547355-lines-lenses Happy viewing and if you or your followers feel like owning a print copy they are currently 25% off list price if you use the code GIVE25 on checkout before 11.59 on Jan. 28th. Best wishes, Alex

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