18 Motivational Quotes To Get You Inspired in the New Year

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We the People

Despite a tumultuous 2020, 2021 is going to be yours for the taking—we just feel it. Whether you're chasing big dreams, want to become the best version of yourself, or just keep up the status quo, a dose of inspiration can go a long way.

We collected some of our favorite motivational quotes from inspiring people across the decades and leaders in change who proved that anything is possible. As you're thinking about the year ahead, what you aspire to be or do, here are messages of encouragement we all could use.

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Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama quote.

Michelle Obama shares her aha moments in best-selling memoir, Becoming. Obama has defied the expectations of women and invites us to do the same.

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Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling quote.

The sweetheart actress and writer Mindy Kaling knows just how to articulate human emotions with thoughtful humor in her book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns).

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Warren Buffet

Warren Buffet quote.

If you have financial goals this year, investor icon Warren Buffett always offers invaluable career advice.

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Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey quote.

Oprah yelled out her premonition of positive change during her riveting speech at the Golden Globes. And millions of women, ready to break-barriers, watched with glee.

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Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins quote.

As a famous motivational coach, Tony Robbins is full of words of encouragement about transforming your life. This is one of his common sayings yelled out during conference and many speeches.

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Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn quote.

The spirited Katharine Hepburn so beautifully wrote this in her 1991 autobiography, Me: Stories of My Life. Her intoxicating words ring true.

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Emma Watson

Emma Watson quote.

The unapologetic actress and activist Emma Watson said this quote in an interview with Glamour. As someone who has achieved large fame, she reminds us of the importance of life's basics.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt quote.

The longest-serving first lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt is one of the most sophisticated and self-assured women in political history. She encourages other women in her book You Learn by Living.

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Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs quote.

Steve Jobs inspired an entire nation of go-getters as he famously said this during Apple’s Think Different campaign. He continues to inspire us today.

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Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg quote.

Sheryl Sandberg so poignantly said this analogy during her address to a graduating class of Harvard Business School—her alma mater.

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Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift quote

Always taking the high road, Taylor Swift shared this nugget of advice in an interview with Time. Coming from someone who is surrounded by female powerhouses, we're all ears.

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Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. Quote.

One of the American history's most poignant orators, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about the possibilities of a peaceful united nation during a 1962 speech in New York City.

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J.K. Rowling

JK Rowling quote.

J.K. Rowling knows how to turn rejection into determination after undergoing years of it before the magical Harry Potter series was published. She often posts these words of encouragement on her social media to inspire others.

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Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton quote.

Hillary Clinton has experience with criticism. She writes about this along with her greatest political career lessons in her memoir Living History.

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Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde quote.

We can't get enough of Olivia Wilde's candor. In an interview with Glamour she talks about turning 30, though her advice is certainly applicable to many ages.

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Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler quote.

The bold and funny Amy Poehler wrote this quote in her book, Yes Please. When it comes to going against the grain, Poehler is our favorite muse.

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Zoë Kravitz

Zoe Kravitz quote.

Zoë Kravitz put this so simply in an interview with O—a great mantra for self-acceptance.

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Les Brown

Les Brown quote.

American motivational speaker, author, and former member of the House of Representatives Les Brown writes this in his book Living Your Dreams.

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