If you’ve reached a crossroads and are thinking of starting over, these 25 motivational and inspirational quotes about new beginnings may help your journey.
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 25 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
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.
Quotes About New Beginnings
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
“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
“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
“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 are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth… not going all the way, and not starting.” – Buddha
“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.
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
“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
“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
Quotes about new beginnings and trying something new
“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
“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
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
“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
“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
“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
Quotes about new beginnings after failing
“Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” – Henry Ford
“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
“Set fire to the broken pieces; start anew.”- Lauren DeStefano
“If all you can do is crawl, start crawling.” – Rumi