100 Motivational & Inspirational Quotes About New Beginnings

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If you’ve reached a crossroads and are thinking of starting over, these 100+ motivational and inspirational quotes about new beginnings may help your journey.

48 motivational and inspirational quotes about new beginnings

As someone who has started over in life more than a few times, I know how helpful it can be to have motivational or inspirational words to help during the struggle. Those words provide hope, drive, confidence, and can ultimately help guide us down our chosen path.

These 100+ motivational and inspirational quotes about new beginnings have been ones that have helped me – and I share them with the hope that they can help you too.

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My own new beginning

Time and time again, I have started over. Changed direction. Through divorce, moving where the Army sent our family, and career changes. Welcoming new life and saying goodbye with deaths.

This very blog was created during a time of new beginning. I started blogging as a way to document my journey into a healthier life, with regular exercise and clean eating. I thought that writing about it would help me to stay accountable and I hoped that it might inspire others to do the same.

How do I start over with a new beginning?

I can be difficult to let go of what’s familiar and try something new. Even if you’re unhappy where you are, at least you know what to expect.

A new start brings about so many unknowns that you may fear “jumping out of the pan and into the flame.”

But you will never know what good can come by staying where you are! Rather than holding onto the comfort of your current situation, let go of your fears and allow yourself to imagine what possibilities life can bring.

You also don’t have to start with major changes. A new beginning doesn’t have to mean a life completely different from where you are now. A simple change as small as adding one healthy habit or a small mindset shift can end up compounding into a huge change (potentially for the better) down the road. That’s the compound effect.

Whether you are on a fitness journey of your own, trying to find a way to move on after a divorce, or starting a new chapter for any other reason – I give you my top inspirational and motivational quotes so that you may find the strength to keep moving forward.

25 Quotes About New Beginnings

Journey of a thousand miles quote

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

“This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.” – Taylor Swift

“Every moment is a fresh beginning.” – T.S. Eliot

“Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.” – Guy Finley

“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are.” – John Pierpont “J.P.” Morgan

“The beginning is always today.”

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

“No one can ever take your memories from you – each day is a new beginning, make good memories every day.” – Catherine Pulsifer

“And now let us welcome the new year, full of things that never were.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

“Beginnings could happen more than once or in different ways.”- Rachel Joyce

“Every day is a fresh beginning, Every morn is the world made new.” – Sarah Chauncey Woolsey

Prince Quotes about new beginnings

“Every day I feel is a blessing from God. And I consider it a new beginning. Yeah, everything is beautiful.” – Prince

“The magic in new beginnings is truly the most powerful of them all.” – Josiyah Martin

“Each sunrise brings a new day filled with new hopes for a new beginning.” – Debasish Mridha

“The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life. You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose.” – Arnold Bennett

“There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth… not going all the way, and not starting.” – Buddha

Quotes about new beginnings

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.” – Plato

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“As long as you’re alive, you always have the chance to start again.” – Emily Acker

“Life is a progress, and not a station.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So get on your way!”

– Dr. Seuss

​”The beginning is always today.” – Mary Shelley

“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished; that will be the beginning.” – Louis L’Amour

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe

“If I must start somewhere, right here and now is the best place imaginable.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

“The most important thing to remember is this: To be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become.” – W. E. B. Du Bois

20 Quotes about letting go of the past to start a new beginning

Remember, it’s not always easy to leave behind what is familiar to take the first steps toward something new. But you can never move forward until you let the past go. These quotes may help with inspiring you through the healing process.

“Let’s forget the baggages of the past and make a new beginning.” – Shahbaz Sharif

“Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning.”

– Desmond Tutu

“There is always an opportunity to start again and again, if the old ways are not working last year, look for better ways of doing it in the new year and start again afresh.” – Bamigboye Olurotimi

“It’s never too late to become who you want to be. I hope you live a life that you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” – Lao Tzu

“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

“Holding on is believing that there’s only a past; letting go is knowing that there’s a future.” – Daphne Rose Kingma

Buddha quote

“No matter how hard the past is, you can always begin again.” – Buddha

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” – Seneca

“I discovered that a fresh start is a process. A fresh start is a journey – a journey that requires a plan.” – Vivian Jokotade

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.” – Herman Hesse

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.” – Joseph Campbell

“If you wish to be happy right from the beginning of your day, then it is about time to leave behind your past.” – Lorin Hopper

“Celebrate endings – for they precede new beginnings.”

Jonathan Lockwood Huie

“What a seductive belief – that one can start fresh simply by jettisoning one’s history, that one can leave all that is painful or unsavory behind.” – Susan Rebecca White

“No, this is not the beginning of a new chapter in my life; this is the beginning of a new book! That first book is already closed, ended, and tossed into the seas; this new book is newly opened, has just begun! Look, it is the first page! And it is a beautiful one!” – C. Joybell C.

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go they merely determine where you start.” – Nido Qubein

“Begin today. Declare out loud to the universe that you are willing to let go of struggle and eager to learn through joy.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach

“You have a clean slate every day you wake up. You have a chance every single morning to make that change and be the person you want to be. You just have to decide to do it. Decide today’s the day. Say it: this is going to be my day.” – Brendon Burchard

“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.” — Oprah Winfrey

10 Quotes about new beginnings and trying something new

Quotes about new beginnings

“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” – Meister Eckhart

“You can learn new things at any time in your life if you’re willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you.” – Barbara Shur

“Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be.” – Marsha Petrie Sue

“The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.” – Steve Jobs

“The direction you choose to face determines whether you’re standing at the end or the beginning of a road.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

“Each day is a new beginning, the chance to do with it what should be done and not to be seen as simply another day to put in time.” – Catherine Pulsifer

“What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.”

Maya Angelou

“I make so many beginnings there never will be an end.” – Louisa May Alcott

“Your life does not get better by chance. It gets better by change.” – Jim Rohn

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney

15 Quotes about overcoming fear to start anew

I ran across an old memory on Facebook today that reminded me of an unofficial quote that I used to use. In this memory, I wrote that I had told my teenage daughter, “Do something every day that scares you.” While overcoming fear can be quite difficult, it’s often required to start a new beginning. Use these quotes as mantras if needed to reach for that big scary goal.

“Change can be scary, but you know what’s scarier? Allowing fear to stop you from growing, evolving, and progressing.”

Mandy Hale

“Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.” – Alan Cohen

“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” – C. S. Lewis

Quotes about new beginnings

“Never underestimate the power you have to take your life in a new direction.” – Germany Kent

“You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the water slide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.” – Tina Fey

“You can start anew at any given moment. Life is just the passage of time and it’s up to you to pass it as you please.” – Charlotte Eriksson

“The secret to change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates

“Don’t be afraid of new beginnings. Don’t shy away from new people, new energy, new surroundings. Embrace new chances at happiness.” – Unknown

Even the greatest was once a beginner. Don’t be afraid to take that first step. – Muhammad Ali

“The hardest part is starting. Once you get that out of the way, you’ll find the rest of the journey much easier.”

Simon Sinek

“If you want to fly in the sky, you need to leave the earth. If you want to move forward, you need to let go the past that drags you down.” – Amit Ray

“never feel guilty for starting again” – Rupi Kaur

“Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Perhaps that is where our choice lies—in determining how we will meet the inevitable end of things, and how we will greet each new beginning.” – Elana K. Arnold

“Champions keep playing until they get it right.” – Billie Jean King

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15 Quotes about new beginnings after failing

“Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” – Henry Ford

“Every day is a chance to begin again. Don’t focus on the failures of yesterday, start today with positive thoughts and expectations.”

– Catherine Pulsifer

“The successes and failures of yesterday are gone, today is a new day.”― Noel DeJesus

“One can begin so many things with a new person—even begin to be a better man.” – George Eliot

“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” – Dolly Parton

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”- L.M. Montgomery

“You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.” – Mary Pickford

“Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose – not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember.”

Anne Sullivan

“Nothing is predestined. The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.” – Ralph Blum

“It’s a wise man who understands that every day is a new beginning, because boy, how many mistakes do you make in a day? I don’t know about you, but I make plenty. You can’t turn the clock back, so you have to look ahead.” – Mel Gibson

“Set fire to the broken pieces; start anew.”- Lauren DeStefano

“Though we may not have reached the heights we anticipated yesterday, today is a brand new day to begin a new climb.” – Chinonye J. Chidolue

“Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It’s the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

“And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” – Meister Eckhart

“If all you can do is crawl, start crawling.” – Rumi

Rumi quote

11 Scriptures on New Beginnings

For someone who is starting a new journey or who may be turning over a new leaf, finding the perfect Bible scripture is a great way to have peace and find new perspective in life. These scriptures on new beginnings can be encouraging and comforting as you start the beginning of a new chapter.

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.

Ephesians 4:1

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. – 1 John 4:18

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40:31

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! – 2 Corinthians 5:17

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? – Isaiah 43:18-19

He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.

– Psalm 40:3

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:2

I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. – Ezekiel 11:19

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. – Lamentations 3:22-23

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

– Philippians 4:6-7

6 New Beginnings Quotes about God

Just as scriptures are helpful for some people as they move to a new beginning, motivational quotes that reference God or other religious beliefs can provide comfort during troublesome times.

​Here are a few fresh start quotes that incorporate faith and a higher power as you explore your new opportunity.

“God is so good to give us new days and New Years since He knows we need so many times to start over.”

– Lacey Sturm, lead singer of the band Flyleaf

“Adversity is not simply a tool. It is God’s most effective tool for the advancement of our spiritual lives. The circumstances and events that we see as setbacks are oftentimes the very things that launch us into periods of intense spiritual growth. Once we begin to understand this, and accept it as a spiritual fact of life, adversity becomes easier to bear.” – Dr. Charles Stanley

“All of God’s people are ordinary people who have been made extraordinary by the purpose he has given them.”- Oswald Chambers

“God became man to turn creatures into sons: not simply to produce better men of the old kind but to produce a new kind of man.” – C.S. Lewis

“The only way to get rid of your past is to make a future out of it. God will waste nothing.” – Phillips Brooks

“The God who made us also can remake us.” – Woodrow Kroll

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Amanda is a mom of 4 living a mostly crunchy lifestyle outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband, 2 dogs, and a cat. As a former special education teacher who also has her personal training certification — Amanda really enjoys teaching others how to do things!

When she’s not working, Amanda enjoys DIY projects, exercising, photography, hiking, and long walks through Target.

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