15 Motivational Quotes To Live By in 2016

We are now officially in the 12 days of Christmas, and as we begin to celebrate the occasion with family and friends, we also start looking to the exciting New Year that lies ahead of us. New Years Day is a time of new beginnings; a time to celebrate a fresh start and to set out, once again, on our journey through life. Every year we look to put old or fulfilled goals and dreams behind us, and to set new challenges for ourselves as we look forward to meeting new people, seeing new places, and accomplishing new things. But just because it is a New Year, it doesn’t mean we don’t still need help as we go along, so here are 15 motivational and inspirational quotes for you to remember this year.

1. “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every New Year find you a better man.” – Benjamin Franklin

You should really try to make peace with your enemies too, but as long as you are trying to better yourself, I’d say you are doing fine.

2. “Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” – Helen Keller

Make keeping yourself happy one of your resolutions this year. There is really no limit to what can be accomplished by a happy heart.

3. “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Just like the New Year is a chance to start over, so every day is a new opportunity to keep trying. When you wake up in the morning, remember that it can be the best day of your life, and that tomorrow can be even greater, and you will never lose your determination to achieve success.

4. “Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, 'It will be happier.'” – Alfred Lord Tennyson

Everyday you have the chance to be happier; you just have to have the will to make yourself happier, or to be happier. Hope springs eternal.

5. “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” – Zig Ziglar

Getting started can be a frightening endeavor, but in order to achieve your new resolutions and life goals, you have to first take the step out the door. If you can do this, there is no telling just how great you can become.

6. "You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." – Aristotle

Age is just a state of mind. Achievement and success may be as well, but you can achieve more in each new day than you can age more in a lifetime.

7. “For last year's words belong to last year's language

    And next year's words await another voice

    And to make an end is to make a beginning.” – T.S. Eliot

New Years is your chance to go out and find a new voice, and to make a new beginning, so make the most of it. Don’t wait for things to come to you: go out and chase them, and then reap the rewards of your success.

8. “The secret to getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain

Most of the work lies in simply making yourself get to working. Once you begin working, you will find it much more difficult to stop than it was to start.

9. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." – Lao Tzu

Time is your friend, as well as your enemy. Utilize it to your advantage: if you plan on walking 2.7 miles each day, by next New Years, you will have conquered your thousand mile journey and achieved yet another goal, and just in time to set another for the next New Year.

10. “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world.” – Neil Gaiman

If you are not making any mistakes, then you are not taking any chances, and if you are not taking any chances, then you are simply being, not living. So this year, give yourself the resolution to live.

11. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela probably thought liberating an entire nation of people was impossible as he sat in his jail cell, until he actually did it. Nothing is impossible, so this year, turn something you have always thought to be impossible into a reality.

12. “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind." – C.S. Lewis

Always look to the future with optimism, but remember the past. To allow ourselves to forget, is to make the mistake of repeating history, which is meant for yesterday, not tomorrow.

13. “All of us every single year, we're a different person. I don't think we're the same person all our lives.” – Steven Spielberg

It’s true that we change as we grow older, but that doesn’t mean we have to change for the worse. Make your change a positive one, and embrace every day with the right attitude, and you will ultimately remain the same person (though improved) throughout the course of your life.

14. “I walk slowly but I never walk backward." – Abraham Lincoln

Unlike a film or a book can be watched from start to finish and then watched all over again, life does not allow us to move back and forth. It does, however, offer us the opportunity to write a new story each year, so take care to make this years story even better than last year.

15. “If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney

A dream is the conception of your goal, and your taking the first step is its birth. Every step you take after that is you achieving your dream.