Inspirational Business Quotes for New Beginnings

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The beginning of every New Year brings with it the opportunity and the excuse to make a new start. Part of the exhilaration that accompanies every January 1st is the optimism that starting over is possible and the belief that new beginnings can create new and successful outcomes.

Here are thoughts from business leaders, famous, and successful people about starting a project, starting a business, and starting over. Find a motivational quote (or a few) to inspire you about a new start of any kind.

Taylor Swift

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Whatever you do or dream you can do—begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it."

"What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.”

Saint Francis of Assisi

"Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

J. B. Priestly

"I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.”

Ben Stein

"The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.”

Henry Ford

"Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently."

Steve Jobs

"The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”

Carl Bard

“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”

Mike Dooley

"The secret to living the life of your dreams is to start living the life of your dreams today, in every little way you possibly can.”

Justina Chen Headley

“You raze the old to raise the new.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

“And now let us welcome the new year, full of things that never were.”

Anthony Liccione

“Rather than turning the page, it's much easier to just throw the book away.”

Sarah Ban Breathnach

"Begin today. Declare out loud to the universe that you are willing to let go of struggle and eager to learn through joy.”


"There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth…not going all the way, and not starting.”

Alan Cohen

"Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect."


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

Franz Kafka

"There are some things one can only achieve by a deliberate leap in the opposite direction."

Theodore Roosevelt

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."


"If all you can do is crawl, start crawling.”

Liz Smith

"Begin somewhere; you cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do."

Mark Twain

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret to getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks and then starting on the first one."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."