Quotes to Help You Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

Quotes to Help You Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions


With 2017 only a few days away, we’ve started to think about our New Year’s resolutions. The fresh start that comes with a brand new year can be exhilarating, but it can also come with the pressure to achieve new goals. Thankfully, a few wise words from our favorite authors can help. Here, we’ve rounded up five of the most popular resolutions and paired them with inspirational quotes to help you stick to them.

Live life to the fullest

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” ―Mae West

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” ―Oscar Wilde

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ―H. Jackson Brown Jr.

“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again.” —Marie Lu

“I see your life as already artful, just waiting and ready for you to make it art.” —Toni Morrison

Live a healthier lifestyle

“If we are creating ourselves all the time, then it is never too late to begin creating the bodies we want instead of the ones we mistakenly assume we are stuck with.” ―Deepak Chopra

“For is there any practice less selfish, any labor less alienated, any time less wasted, than preparing something delicious and nourishing for people you love?” ―Michael Pollan

“People sometimes sneer at those who run every day, claiming they’ll go to any length to live longer. But don’t think that’s the reason most people run. Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest. If you’re going to while away the years, it’s far better to live them with clear goals and fully alive then in a fog, and I believe running helps you to do that.” ― Haruki Murakami

“You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That’s the only thing you should be trying to control.” —Elizabeth Gilbert

“Better is possible. It does not take genius. It takes diligence. It takes moral clarity. It takes ingenuity. And above all, it takes a willingness to try.” —Atul Gawande

Spend more time with family and friends

“Time is how you spend your love.” —Zadie Smith

“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.” —Jane Austen

“Life is an awful, ugly place to not have a best friend.” —Sarah Dessen

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” —C.S. Lewis

“Happiness [is] only real when shared.” —Jon Krakauer


“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” ―Terry Pratchett

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” ―Mark Twain

“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” ―Robert Louis Stevenson

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” ―Ursula K. Le Guin

“I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.” ―Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Read more

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one.” —George R.R. Martin

“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” —John Green

“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” —W. Somerset Maugham

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” –Frederick Douglass

“Reading is not optional.” —Walter Dean Myers


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