20 Inspirational Quotes to Start off 2020

For the last three years, I have shared some of my favorite quotes from the past year that have inspired me or made me think deeper about a subject. I wanted to provide some for this year as well.  Have an amazing year and beyond!!

2017  |  2018   |  2019

“Students should have rich, relevant, and authentic experiences at school, across the board. If every educator in every school pursued excellence instead of allowing excuses about what students can and cannot do, we would meet the needs of all students. Our goal has to be
to create schools where excellence is the standard.”

Sanée Bell


“If you look for problems, you will find problems;
if you look for solutions, you will find solutions.”

Andy Gilbert

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the
candle or the mirror that reflects it.”

Edith Wharton


“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful
things humans can do for each other.”

Randy Pausch

What is life, if not the sum of a hundred thousand daily battles and tiny decisions
to either gut it out or give it up?” 

James Clear


“We should strive not to have an answer for every question,
but a question for every answer.” 

Robin Pendoley

“All it takes is one person to change the world and that person
can be you with a simple act of kindness.”

Natalie Hampton

“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you
can change your direction overnight.”

Jim Rohn

“Balancing goals with inner peace is hard to
achieve, but worth pursuing.”

Trupti Patil

“The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that
they will answer readily, but how many questions he inspires
them to ask him which he finds hard to answer.”

Alice Wellington Rollins

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere
with what you can do.”

John Wooden

“Doing the best at this moment puts you in the
best place for the next moment.”

Oprah Winfrey

“A year from now you may wish you had started today.”

Karen Lamb


“The only thing holding you back from where you are and where you want to be
are the perceptions you hold about yourself, others, and reality.”

Jonathan Heston and Dane Maxwell

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so
long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.”

Helen Keller

 “Human interaction is the key force in
overcoming resistance and speeding change.”

Atul Gawande

“You cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your
present circumstances unless you change.”

Les Brown

“We rise by lifting others.”

Robert Ingersoll

“If you don’t like something, change it.  If you
can’t change it, change your attitude.”

Maya Angelou

“The key to effective feedback lies in our intentions, not our methods.
Your intentions must be about helping others, not just yourself.”

Misti Burmeister


And as a continuing tradition from 2019, I will end with a bonus Michael Scott (The Office) quote:

“Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both.
I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.”

Michael Scott

Have a great 2020 and beyond!

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