40+ Inspiring January Quotes to Start the Year Off Right

Begin the first month of the year with motivation and reflection.

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We are close to the new year of 2023, and as always, it begins with January.

January is a time for looking forward and setting intentions for the year ahead.

It is a month of new beginnings when we have the opportunity to start fresh and make positive changes in our lives.

As we leave behind the old and embrace the new, it can be helpful to draw inspiration from the words of wise and insightful individuals.

To help inspire and motivate you, we have compiled a collection of January quotes that highlight the potential of this month and the exciting possibilities that it holds.

Reading January quotes can help us in many ways:

  1. They can provide inspiration and motivation as we embark on a new year and set goals for ourselves.
  2. They offer us a new perspective on the month of January and its potential for growth and renewal.
  3. They serve as a reminder to stay focused on our intentions and to make the most of the opportunities that this month and year brings.
  4. Finally, reading January quotes can be a fun and interesting way to reflect on the new year and gain insight from the wisdom of others.

January Quotes

The first month of the year,
A perfect time to start all over again,
Changing energies and deserting old moods,
New beginnings, new attitudes”
— Charmaine J Forde

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"I blink January’s lashes and gush down December’s cheeks."
— Sanober Khan

"January is here, with eyes that keenly glow, a frost-mailed warrior striding a shadowy steed of snow."
— Edgar Fawcett

"I like starting projects in January. That’s the best time to start something. It’s so inward."
— Carolyn Chute

"The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it."
— Steve Jobs

"The best way to predict the future is to create it."
— Peter Drucker

"Don't be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart."
— Roy T. Bennett

We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives… not looking for flaws, but for potential.
— Ellen Goodman

“No one ever regarded the first of January with indifference.”
— Charles Lamb

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"January is the month for dreaming."
— Jean Hersey

"The first day of January always presents to my mind a train of very solemn and important reflections and a question more easily asked than answered frequently occurs viz: How have I improved the past year and with what good intentions do I view the dawn of its successor?"
— Charlotte Brontë

“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.”
— Brad Paisley

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”
— Oprah Winfrey

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day."
— Edith Lovejoy Pierce

“In the New Year, never forget to thank your past years because they enabled you to reach today! Without the stairs of the past, you cannot arrive at the future!"
— Mehmet Murat Ildan

“New month, new intentions, new goals, new love, new light, and new beginnings.”
— April Mae Monterrosa

A perfect time for SHIFTING things around,
Always remembering to keep your feet on the ground”
— Charmaine J Forde

“I wish you a beautiful new month from the first day of this month to the last day.”
— J. K. Rowling

“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.”
— Meister Eckhart

“Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be.”
— Marsha Petrie Sue

January Quotes for Winter

"January brings the snow, makes our feet and fingers glow."
— Sara Coleridge

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"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."
— Albert Camus

"Feeling a little blue in January is normal."
— Marilu Henner

“January brings the snow, makes our feet and fingers glow.”
— Sara Coleridge

“I pray this winter be gentle and kind–a season of rest from the wheel of the mind.”
— John Geddes

“Winter forms our character and brings out our best.”
— Tom Allen

“Winter is a season of recovery and preparation.”
— Paul Theroux

“Thank goodness for the first snow, it was a reminder–no matter how old you became and how much you’d seen, things could still be new if you were willing to believe they still mattered.”
— Candace Bushnell

“Welcome, winter. Your late dawns and chilled breath make me lazy, but I love you nonetheless.”
— Terri Guillemets

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”
— Anne Bradstreet

“I love the scents of winter! For me, it’s all about the feeling you get when you smell pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread and spruce.”
— Taylor Swift

January Quotes for New Beginnings

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"January is my favorite month when the light is plainest, least colored. And I like the feeling of beginnings."
— Anne Truitt

"The magic in new beginnings is the most powerful of them all."
— Josiyah Martin

"Every man should be born again on January 1. Start with a fresh page."
— Henry Ward Beecher

"I love beginnings. If I were in charge of calendars, every day would be January 1."
— Jerry Spinelli

"The beginning is the most important part of the work."
— Plato

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"Every man should be born again on January first. Start with a fresh page."
— Henry Ward Beeche

"If January is the month of change, February is the month of lasting change. January is for dreamers... February is for doers."
Marc Parent

"January looks forward to the new year and back to the old year. He sees past and future."
— M. L. Stedman

"New year—new verse, a new chapter, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours."
— Alex Morritt

"Treat every day like it's a new year because it is."
— Temitope Ibrahim

"New Year's Day. A fresh start. A new chapter waiting to be written."
— Sarah Ban Breathnach

"The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul."
— G. K. Chesterton

“Every sunset is an opportunity to reset. Every sunrise begins with new eyes.”
— Richie Norton

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”
— L.M. Montgomery

“Every moment is a fresh beginning.”
— T.S. Eliot

“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

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“This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.”
— Taylor Swift

“Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can.”
— Douglas Pagels

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Aarushi Tewari

Aarushi Tewari

The writer and affirmations speaker at Gratitude, Aarushi believes that one of the most effective ways of feeling inner peace is by being grateful and having a loving self-relationship.

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