20 Inspirational Quotes to Start off 2023



For the last six years, I have shared some of my favorite quotes from the past year that has inspired me or made me think deeper about a subject. As I look forward to the year 2023, I feel this quote from Don Miguel Ruiz (The Four Agreements) sets a tone for making the best of the time ahead:



“Do not be concerned about the future; keep your attention on today, and stay in the present moment. Just live one day at a time.” 

Don Miguel Ruiz



The best way to create an amazing future is to focus on being the best version of yourself in the present. Do that every day, and an incredible future lies ahead.

You can read all of the quotes below or check out the past lists here:


2017  |  2018   |  2019 |  2020  |  2021  |  2022



And now, here are the quotes for 2023:




“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





“Our lives are stories in which we write, direct and star in the leading role. Some chapters are happy while others bring lessons to learn, but we always have the power to be the heroes of our own adventures.”

Joelle Speranza





“‘Life is short’ really means ‘do something.’”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie





“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”

Suzy Kassem






​​“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





“Luck is a dividend of sweat.”

Ray Kroc





“As you grow in your profession, you will realize it is not about how well prepared you are to lead your students, it is about how well you can read the room and adapt to changing situations.”

Yasmeen Robbins, Because of a Teacher 2 





“Research shows that the best way to deal with negativity is to observe it, without reaction and without judgment. Then consciously label each negative feeling and replace it with positive, compassionate and solution-based thoughts.” 

Chris Voss





“Very early, I knew that the only object in life was to grow.”

Margaret Fuller





“No one can learn what they have not preparation for learning, however near to their eyes the object. A chemist may tell their most precious secrets to a carpenter, and they shall be none the wiser. Our eyes are holden that we cannot see things that stare us in the face, until the hour arrives when the mind is reopened; then we behold them, and the time when we saw them not is like a dream.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson





“When we focus on learning from failures rather than being ashamed of them, we can soar to heights higher than we imagined.”

Allyson Apsey, Because of a Teacher 2





“If you don’t fall, how are you going to know what getting up is like?”

Steph Curry





“The expert in anything was once a beginner.”

Helen Hayes





“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”

Stephen Covey





“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”

Michael Altshuler





“You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.”

Jerry West





“A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.”

Jim Watkins





“The only limitations kids have are the ones we put on them.”

Dr. Catlin Tucker





“When you find an idea that you just can’t stop thinking about, that’s probably a good one to pursue.”

Josh James





“It’s your road and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.”

Jalal Al-Din Muhammad Rumi





“Everyone wants to be appreciated, so if you appreciate someone, don’t keep it a secret.”

Mary Kay Ash






“It’s much easier to control our perceptions and emotions than it is to give up our desire to control other people and events. It’s easier to persist in our efforts and actions than to endure the uncomfortable or the painful. It’s easier to think and act than it is to practice wisdom.

These lessons come harder but are, in the end, the most critical to wresting advantage from adversity.”

Ryan Holiday



And just because it is a tradition, here is a Michael Scott quote that might bring a smile to your face:



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

Michael Scott



I hope you have an incredible 2023!

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