7 Quotes to Inspire You in the New Year

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Happy New Year, Idealist Careers readers!

Now that we have all counted down, celebrated with our loved ones, and hopefully, had some quiet moments to reflect on the year gone by and the year ahead, it’s time to find the fuel that will propel us forward into a successful and inspiring new year.

In the spirit of new beginnings, new motivation, new inspiration, and a whole lot of professional goals for 2018, we have decided to waste NO time this New Year’s Day and share with you some of our favorite quotes.

I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing that I wanted to do.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

Rainer Maria Rilke quote

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

T.S. Eliot quote

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice.” – T.S. Eliot

“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

Melody Beattie quote

“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

Oprah Winfrey quote

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” – Oprah Winfrey

C.S. Lewis quote

“There are far, far better things ahead than what we left behind.” – C.S. Lewis


What is your favorite quote on our list? Have a quote that helps you to dig deep and keep going that we didn’t include? Do you have some words of wisdom of your own? Share in the comments or tweet us at @idealistcareers.


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