10 Quotes about New Year


As you step into a new year, it’s always a good idea to reflect on where you are and where you’d like to be. The old year has gone and it serves only for the lessons you’ve learned along the way. The year ahead is full of possibility and it’s yours to shape as you’d like it to be. So go on, make it count and enjoy every minute. In the meantime here are 10 quotes about New Year to help you to think about where you’re going and why:-

  1. If you asked me for my New Year Resolution, it would be to find out who I am. ~Cyril Cusack 
  2. New Year’s Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change. ~Sarah Ban Breathnach 
  3. And now we welcome the New Year. Full of things that have never been. ~Rainer Maria Rilke 
  4. 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 
  5. Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. ~Oprah Winfrey 
  6. Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, “It will be happier.” ~Alfred Lord Tennyson 
  7. 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. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something. ~Neil Gaiman 
  8. Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous New Year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving Source – a Sower of Dreams – just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true. ~Sarah Ban Breathnach 
  9. Make New Year’s goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year. This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you’re interested in fully living life in the year to come. ~Melody Beattie
  10. New Year’s Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time. ~James Agate

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Brian Tracy: Habits of Success

If you want to be successful, then you must develop good habits. However what habits should they be? Fear not, in this video, Brian Tracy presents some interesting ideas on the habits of success.

Brian Tracy is always excellent and always full of wise words and good advice. This video is well worth your time. Let Brian tell you more about habits which he believes are consistent with achieving success.

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The Power of Belief

Here is an interesting talk from Eduardo Briceno given at TEDxManhattanBeach. In it he discusses mind-set, success and the power of belief.

If success is your aim or if you’re keen to encourage someone else to be successful then this video is worth watching.

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Want to know the key to success?

Do you want to know the key to success? Success starts with making a decision. You decide what you want to achieve; then you decide that you will go out and get it. Once your decision has been made you pursue your objective with determination and tenacity.

In 1960 US President John Kennedy made a speech in which he said by the end of that decade the United States would put a man on the moon. And in 1969 the United States fulfilled that promise made by Kennedy.

Kennedy didn’t know how they would achieve the goal he articulated in 1960. He believed in their ability to do it; he believed they could develop the technology to do it; and he made a decision that they would do it; but ultimately in making his promise there was an element of risk.

There is risk in everything we do and nothing exceptional will ever be achieved without some degree of risk along the way. Lesser men and women would allow fear to stop them. However men and women destined for great things will feel the fear and do it anyway.

Greatness cannot be achieved without paying your dues along the way. Anything worth having will come with a price, namely blood, sweat and tears. So be bold, be strong and pursue your dream with passion.

Yes it will be challenging mentally and emotionally. And yes, plenty of people will tell you that it’s not possible or that you’re not quite good enough.

Well don’t listen to the naysayers and negative nellies. If you really want it, whatever it is, just keep pushing and never, ever given up until you get to where it is you want to go.

Greatness can be achieved by anyone with sufficient determination. So whatever it is you really want to do, just go out there and do the damn thing. Do it now. Believe you can and you will.

If you’re still not convinced then watch this video which is a really fantastic motivational speech. Watch it now and I promise you, you won’t be disappointed. And the bottom line is; you’ve got to be fearless.

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15 Quotes by Confucius

Confucius was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician and philosopher, believed to have been born around 551BC. Though we cannot be sure if he genuinely existed at all, it’s as a philosopher that he’s best remembered. His words of wisdom continue to enlighten us and quotes by Confucius read like a guide to life.

So here are 15 quotes by Confucius to help you shed a little light on the otherwise dark world in which we live.

Read Confucius over and over and in time you will be enlightened. So let these quotes by Confucius be your guide.

  1. Life is really simple but we insist on making it complicated.
  2. Respect yourself and others will respect you.
  3. A superior man is modest in speech but exceeds in actions.
  4. When anger rises, think of the consequences.
  5. Silence is a true friend who never betrays.
  6. Wherever you’re going, go with all your heart.
  7. Forget injuries but never forget kindnesses.
  8. Have no friends that are not your equal.
  9. Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.
  10. Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.
  11. I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
  12. It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.
  13. Study the past if you are to define the future.
  14. He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.
  15. The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential, these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

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15 Quotes by Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama is a spiritual leader committed to promoting values such as love, patience, humility, tolerance, compassion, contentment, forgiveness and self-discipline. His most important messages include the importance of happiness and world peace. Quotes by Dalai Lama have spread widely and he’s a respected thinker.

So if your aim is to live a positive and fulfilled life then you might just enjoy the 15 quotes by Dalai Lama in this post. 

  1. Choose to be optimistic, it feels better. ~Dalai Lama
  2. Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality. ~Dalai Lama
  3. Instead of wondering WHY this is happening to you, consider why this is happening to YOU. ~Dalai Lama
  4. Let us try to recognize the precious nature of each day. ~Dalai Lama
  5. Neither a space station nor an enlightened mind can be realized in a day. ~Dalai Lama
  6. Judge your success by what you had to give up to get it. ~Dalai Lama
  7. A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering. ~Dalai Lama
  8. Through violence, you may ‘solve’ one problem, but you sow the seeds for another. ~Dalai Lama
  9. If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito. ~Dalai Lama
  10. It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view. ~Dalai Lama
  11. The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, and forgiveness. ~Dalai Lama
  12. If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever. ~Dalai Lama
  13. The purpose of all the major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts. ~Dalai Lama
  14. I will not propose to you that my way is best. The decision is up to you. If you find some point which may be suitable to you, then you can carry out experiments for yourself. If you find that it is of no use, then you can discard it. ~Dalai Lama
  15. Whether one is rich or poor, educated or illiterate, religious or non-believing, man or woman, black, white, or brown, we are all the same. Physically, emotionally, and mentally, we are all equal. We all share basic needs for food, shelter, safety, and love. We all aspire to happiness and we all shun suffering. Each of us has hopes, worries, fears, and dreams. Each of us wants the best for our family and loved ones. We all experience pain when we suffer loss and joy when we achieve what we seek. On this fundamental level, religion, ethnicity, culture, and language make no difference. ~Dalai Lama

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A Christmas Message

Over the past decade, we have spent a trillion dollars on war, at a time of rising debt and hard economic times. Now, we must invest in America’s greatest resource: our people. The tide of war is receding. ~Barack Obama

Today is Christmas Day and in churches around the world the Christmas message of peace and goodwill to all men and women will be one that is repeated frequently.

However contrast the Christmas message to the comment above from former US President, Barack Obama, originally quoted in the British newspaper the Sunday Express in July 2011.

Now I’m referring specifically to his observation that a trillion dollars had been spent on war over the preceding decade. Even for an economy the size of the United States that is truly a staggering sum of money, wouldn’t you agree?

And remember that the United Kingdom has also spent enormous sums of money on war since the turn of the Millennium. Not as much as the United States I know but billions of pounds nevertheless.

Now just think about how that money might have been spent, had it not been spent on warfare.

Some of it could have been used for building and improving schools, hospitals and infrastructure. Surely that would have been a major benefit, both in the USA and the UK, wouldn’t you agree?

Then again, some of it could have been used to improve the education of young people and for providing better care for the elderly. At both ends of the age spectrum people are struggling. That money would have helped, don’t you think?

Additionally some of it could have been used for research to find alternative sources of energy to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels and hydro-carbons. Think of the positive environmental benefits we’d have gained had a solution to our energy needs been found.

Finally, some of it could have been used for better communication between people around the world and for improving the understanding between different cultures. Cultures may differ but people are people and really we’re all the same the world over. So anything that breaks down barriers between people has the potential to make life better.

All that money could have been used as a force for good. That would have been a great idea, don’t you think?

No doubt our politicians believed what they were doing was intended as a force for good and of course it is easy to reflect in hindsight. However it is hard to consider these numbers without wondering whether it was the best use of this money, particularly as it now translates into debt the weight of which will be borne mainly by future generations.

People not yet born may be impoverished by this debt bequeathed to them by their forefathers. If nothing else, you must question the fairness of this situation.

Dear Reader you must make up your own mind about the wisdom or otherwise of spending money on war. However I can’t help thinking that there must have been a better way. War doesn’t decide who’s right; only who’s left and at what cost. Wars create bitterness, resentment and misery. And they create more problems than they could possibly solve.

Personally I think we must work harder at getting along with each other and we must find ways to avoid conflict in future. If we can focus on what we all have in common, rather than any differences between us, then that would be a good first step. Well I think so anyway.

Wherever you go in my experience, people are just people; we laugh; we cry; we eat; we sleep; you cut us and we bleed. Actually we’re not so different at all, are we?

If only our focus could be on showing common courtesy to other people and making sure that resources are shared more evenly. These would be worthy objectives, don’t you think?

Wherever you are Dear Reader, if you’re celebrating Christmas today then I wish you a very merry Christmas and may it be peaceful and filled with warmth, abundance and the comradeship of family and friends.

However if for you today is just another working day, then I hope the environment in which you work is both friendly and peaceful. And I hope the world in which you live is peaceful too.

May God bless you all and may 2018 prove to be all you would like it to be.

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10 Quotes to make you think

I love a good quote. They always get me thinking and reflecting on life and its meaning. Here are 10 quotes that will make you think. Certainly they all made me think.

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important. ~Bertrand Russell

Fashion is what you adopt when you don’t know who you are. ~Quentin Crisp

You have to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going because you might not get there. ~Yogi Berra

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe. ~Albert Einstein

Behind every successful man stands a surprised mother-in-law. ~Hubert Humphrey

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. ~Theodore Roosevelt

Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts. ~Author Unknown

Even the greatest was once a beginner. Don’t be afraid to take that first step. ~Author Unknown

The greatest advantage of speaking the truth is that you don’t have to remember what you said. ~Author Unknown

It is your attitude and not your aptitude that determines your altitude. ~Zig Ziglar

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21 Quotes by Women

Margaret Thatcher once said, “If you want something said, ask a man but if you want something done, ask a women.” Certainly if you want anything done then it’s probably better if you ask a woman. However women are perfectly capable of saying something profound too. To prove the point, here are 21 quotes by women.

  1. I was smart enough to go through any door that opened. ~Joan Rivers
  2. You can’t give up! If you give up, you’re like everybody else. ~Chris Evert
  3. I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life ~Louise Hay
  4. In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different. ~Coco Chanel
  5. One cannot accomplish anything without fanaticism. ~Eva Perón
  6. Done is better than perfect. ~Sheryl Sandberg
  7. If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more. ~Erica Jong
  8. The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice. ~Peggy O’Mara
  9. If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one. ~Dolly Parton
  10. Knowing what must be done does away with fear. ~Rosa Parks
  11. Power’s not given to you. You have to take it. ~Beyoncé
  12. A surplus of effort could overcome a deficit of confidence. ~Sonia Sotomayor
  13. You can’t please everyone, and you can’t make everyone like you. ~Katie Couric
  14. You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness. ~Diane von Furstenberg
  15. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement. ~Golda Meir
  16. The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. ~Amelia Earhart
  17. The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves. ~Barbara Corcoran
  18. I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done. ~Lucille Ball
  19. If you think taking care of yourself is selfish, change your mind. If you don’t, you’re simply ducking your responsibilities. ~Ann Richards
  20. One of the secrets to staying young is to always do things you don’t know how to do, to keep learning. ~Ruth Reichl
  21. Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create. ~Oprah Winfrey

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15 Quotes by Buddha

Personal philosophy matters. How we view the world matters too. And how we view ourselves has an impact on our lives and our ability to achieve success. In developing our personal philosophy we must consider our own experiences, as well as what we want from life. Above all we must harness what we’ve learned from life so far. Then we must listen to what others have to say too and learn from their experiences. Today’s quotes by Buddha illustrate his teaching and his philosophy and there is much to be gained by reflecting on what he had to say.

Buddha was wise indeed and what he had to say can guide us to a better way of living. So here are 15 quotes by Buddha which will enlighten you and guide you through the toughest of times. 

  1. Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others. ~Buddha
  2. Doubt everything. Find your own light. ~Buddha
  3. Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. ~Buddha
  4. The mind is everything. What you think you become. ~Buddha
  5. If you truly loved yourself, you could never hurt another. ~Buddha
  6. Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have. ~Buddha
  7. No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. ~Buddha
  8. If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete. ~Buddha
  9. Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon and the truth. ~Buddha
  10. Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill. ~Buddha
  11. Do not dwell in the past; do not dream of the future; concentrate the mind on the present moment. ~Buddha
  12. An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea. ~Buddha
  13. A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker. ~Buddha
  14. When you dig a well, there’s no sign of water until you reach it, only rocks and dirt to move out of the way. You have removed enough; soon the pure water will flow. ~Buddha
  15. Nothing is permanent. Everything is subject to change. Being is always becoming. ~Buddha

If these quotes were especially relevant to you then they’ll probably appeal to your friends too. Consequently it would be a great idea to share them. Most of all you have the chance to inspire others if you pass them on. So share them now on social media please.

Further Reading:

Finally, were you inspired by these quotes by Buddha? If so, did they whet your appetite to read more about the teachings of Buddha? Perhaps you would like to have your own reference book to thumb through in your quieter moments? Now that’s always a good idea, wouldn’t you agree?

There are many excellent books on the subject. One you should consider buying is Teachings of the Buddha by Jack Kornfield.

Have your own reference text on your desk because it’s always useful to have a book readily to hand when you’re in need of a little inspiration. And we all need a little inspiration occasionally.

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