13 Motivational quotes to kickstart new beginnings

Are you ready for the new beginnings? What does it mean to start over?

While we’re on the subject of new beginnings, let’s talk about the endings.

Let me tell you a Zen story that I read few years back. And, yes,we still need stories that provides us meaning of life, inspire and motivate us to embark on a new journey. This story teaches us that life is ever-changing and it’s not permanent.

 

The Crystal Cup

A Zen Master was gifted a beautiful crystal cup by his disciple. He loved the glass as it glistened in the sun. One day some visitors came to the master and asked, “How can you be happy in this world of impermanence?”

The master replied, “One of my disciples gifted me this crystal glass. I enjoy drinking water in this glass. I touch it and it rings!” 

Master took a deep breath and continued, ” One day the wind may blow it off the shelf or it can topple from the table. And I say, ‘Ah. Yes!’ When I understand that the glass is already broken, every moment with it is precious.”

The master is aware that material things will break one day but the experience lasts forever. With every ending, there is a new beginning.

A glass will eventually break!

The essence of this story is that nothing is permanent. Everything and everyone comes with an expiry date. Like our good days, bad days also have an expiry date. The wisdom you gain from your experience lays the foundation of the new beginning. 

The only thing permanent is the change!

The question is – how often are we ready to embrace the changes? What makes us anxious even though we know the outcome?

Here are some quotes to motivate you for the new beginnings:

Life is about change

Life is about change, sometimes it’s painful, sometimes it’s beautiful, but most of the time it’s both. — Kristin Kreuk

 


“One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” — Sigmund Freud

 

“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” — Gail Sheehy

 

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

 

“The beginning is always today.” —Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

 

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” —George Eliot

 


“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” ― Rumi

 

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

 

“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

 

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

 

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” — Alan Watts

 

“You’re off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.” — Dr. Seuss

 


“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 

Endings are powerful. It gives you an option to start over. Stay focused. “And a healthy mind — calmer, clearer, and contented — is less prone to being emotionally reactive during the highs and lows, and the successes and setbacks.”- Headspace

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Do share your favorite quote.

Lots of Love

xoxo

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84 Comments

  1. These are really great quotes. Sometimes, you need something to give you a new outlook to get your moving.

    1. Quotes have always motivated me to look ahead. Thanks…I am glad that you liked the quotes!

  2. These are such awesome quotes! I love the Zen story too and agree 100% with it. Nothing is permanent. In my case, this often keeps me from living life to the fullest though, as I’m convinced my happiness isn’t permanent either. However, you say quite poignantly that pain isn’t permanent either.

    1. Nothing is permanent,indeed!
      Thanks…I am glad that you liked the quotes!

  3. All of these are so beautiful and so well needed for these crazy days! Thanks for sharing these beautiful quotes!

    Kileen
    cute & little

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you liked the quotes!

  4. All quotes are very inspiring for all ages, excellent.
    Dr.Usha Saxena

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you liked the post!

  5. I recently had a big decision to make, and although I’ve chosen to stay where I am, I’m trying to do so with a new outlook. These are helpful for me. Thank you.

    1. I think our outlook is the key for a content and happy life. It’s your decision so I am sure it’s good for you. Thanks…I am glad that you liked these quotes!

  6. Truly a good source of encouragement. Whether one is commencing a new chapter or just want to shift the current flow and get a fresh perspective, it’s great to have something to take inspiration from.

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you liked this post and found it to be a good source of encouragement. 🙂

  7. A great post to find motivation and inner peace! Good luck to anyone trying to start a new life phase!

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you liked these quotes!

  8. I like this qoute: “If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” Change is part of life. Each one of us should go certain changes. Changes make life meaningful.

    1. Great quotes.. And I love short inspiring stories like the “Crystal glass story” you shared.

      1. Thanks…I am glad that you liked these quotes and the zen story.

    2. Change indeed makes life meaningful.
      Thanks…I am glad that you liked these quotes!

  9. Such a great story about accepting change.

    1. Even I liked this Zen story!

  10. These are all really great inspirational quotes! I really like the C.S Lewis and the George Elliot ones.

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you liked these quotes!

  11. I love your choice of quotes, especially the one from C.S. Lewis. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you liked these quotes!

  12. These are really great and are amazing reminders of how important change is…“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” So true!

    1. Change is the only thing constant in our life.
      Thanks…I am glad that you liked these quotes!

  13. Love these quotes. They are so inspirational.

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you found these quotes inspiring!

  14. I love all these! Very inspiring and motivating!

  15. I love these quotes. If I may, I’d like to print them and have it up on my wall.

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you liked these quotes!

  16. From one quote collector to another, I love this selection. And I love it that you have 13 of them. Ready for new beginnings for sure!

    1. I am glad to know that you also love collecting quotes. I am delighted that you liked my selection:)

  17. What a great list of motivational quotes! I especially love, the beginning is always today! Thanks for inspiring me today!

    1. Beginning is always today…
      Thanks…I am glad that you liked these quotes!

  18. So many good quotes. I like the one about growth.

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you liked these quotes!

  19. wonderful quotes! I feel in love with Kristin Kreuk quote and pinned it. overall very motivational and empowering post

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you liked these quotes!

  20. There are mountain loads of quotes for new beginnings but you have chosen just 13! That’s amazing however the best one for me is this: “One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” — Sigmund Freud

    1. I completely agree there are mountain loads of quotes for new beginnings but these 13 quotes were super inspiring for me. I picked the ones I loved… 🙂

  21. These are all amazing. I love inspirational quotes! My favorite one here is the Gail Sheehy one about change and growth.

    1. Change is the only thing constant.
      Thanks…I am glad that you liked these quotes!

  22. I do love myself a couple of motivational quotes to start off my day.

    1. Motivational quotes is a perfect way to start off your day. Thanks…I am glad that you liked these quotes!

  23. I love that one by Sigmun Freud!! These are wonderful reminders and quotes I’ve not come across before. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you liked these quotes!

  24. Sometimes we really need a change. These quotes are really good!

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you liked these quotes!

  25. I am a sucker for a good quote. I especially love the one from Gail Sheehy. I have never heard it before but absolutely love it.

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you liked these quotes! Even I loved Gail Sheehy’s quotes – it’s quite relatable!

  26. Love this! I keep a book of quotes. I will actually be adding a couple of these to my journal.

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you liked these quotes! Even I keep a small book of quotes…it keeps you motivated 🙂

  27. I love some motivational quotes! Thanks for sharing these.

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you liked these quotes!

  28. these are wonderful and inspiring quotes. i’d like to print a few out!

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you liked these quotes!

  29. I like these motivational quotes. Indeed, life is not all beautiful and painful. Life is more interesting because of the combination of both.

    1. True that! I completely agree with you life is a combination of beauty and pain…

  30. Great list of quotes! I really believe that the only thing permanent is the change! We should realaly adopt to changes in life.

    1. Yes…indeed! Change is the only thing permanent and 2020 is the biggest example of this…

  31. Such a great assortment of quotes and so inspirational. I’m screenshoting many of these so that I remember them

    1. Thanks…I am glad you liked these quotes!

  32. What a fab collection of quotes. I’m turning 40 next week so some new beginnings for me!

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you liked these quotes. Belated Happy Birthday!

  33. Great quotes. Love this one especially…Life is about change, sometimes it’s painful, sometimes it’s beautiful, but most of the time it’s both.

    The bottom line for me it is all in how you deal with the cards you are dealt in life

    1. I completely agree with you! It’s so important how you deal with your situation… 🙂

  34. I seriously enjoyed your beautiful post here and appreciate your sharing as these words are so needed at this point in my life. I especially loved the quite here: “One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” — Sigmund Freud Seriously beautiful and I appreciate your sharing this post 🙂

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you liked the post! This quotes is always there in my vision board 🙂

  35. I needed to read these motivational quotes today as I was feeling so low since morning! Loved the story, too!

    1. Thanks…I hope that these motivational quotes can help you see things in different perspective.

  36. You have a great collection of positive energy and it will be inspirational to many people, thanks for the blog and keep them coming! – Knycx Journeying

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you liked the collection of quotes!

  37. I love “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

    1. This quote beautifully captures the true essence of life.

  38. Truly inspirational list. I love this one the most, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”

    1. That’s my favorite quote too!

  39. Thanks so much for sharing these, I think a positive mindset and a reminder of that is so important – love these quotes are perfect especially at the moment

    Laura x

    1. Bingo! It’s so important to have a positive mindset and outlook.

  40. I like what have Kristin Kreuk said about life. Life is beautiful coz it is a mixture of pain and glory, it is like food in sweet and sour.

    1. Thanks…I am glad that you liked the post!

  41. My favorite quote is the one from C.S. Lewis. I love his illustration of the monkey bars that you really just have to let go of the things that hold you back in order to move forward. Thanks for sharing!

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