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17 Powerful Quotes to Unlock Change in the New Year

Change starts with just a thought. Check out these quotes from inspiring change makers throughout history.
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During this time of year, many of us are thinking about the goals we want to achieve or the habits we want to start or stop. However, change is hard, and it can be a discouraging effort, particularly when we don’t get the results we want. However, the mere act of trying is a massive step forward. After all, change is an ongoing process, not a light switch.

So for all of you out there who want to make change in your lives, here are inspirational quotes about change  from 17 incredible historic figures that will help keep you fired up.

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17 Powerful Quotes to Unlock Change in the New Year

Oprah Winfrey

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"Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.”

- Oprah Winfrey

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17 Powerful Quotes to Unlock Change in the New Year

Sheryl Sandberg

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“It is the hard days, the times that challenge you to your very core, that determine who you are.”

- Sheryl Sandberg

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17 Powerful Quotes to Unlock Change in the New Year

Henry Ford

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“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”

- Henry Ford

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17 Powerful Quotes to Unlock Change in the New Year

Mother Theresa

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"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples."

- Mother Teresa

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17 Powerful Quotes to Unlock Change in the New Year

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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17 Powerful Quotes to Unlock Change in the New Year

Maya Angelou

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"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."

- Maya Angelou

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17 Powerful Quotes to Unlock Change in the New Year

Albert Einstein

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“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”

- Albert Einstein

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17 Powerful Quotes to Unlock Change in the New Year

Golda Meir

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“Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”

- Golda Meir

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17 Powerful Quotes to Unlock Change in the New Year

Estée Lauder

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“I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.”

- Estée Lauder

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17 Powerful Quotes to Unlock Change in the New Year

Dolly Parton

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“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.”

- Dolly Parton

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17 Powerful Quotes to Unlock Change in the New Year

Mark Twain

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.”

- Mark Twain

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17 Powerful Quotes to Unlock Change in the New Year

Norman Vincent Peale

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“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

- Norman Vincent Peale

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17 Powerful Quotes to Unlock Change in the New Year

Shonda Rhimes

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“You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.”

- Shonda Rhimes

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17 Powerful Quotes to Unlock Change in the New Year

Theodore Roosevelt

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“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”

- Theodore Roosevelt

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17 Powerful Quotes to Unlock Change in the New Year

Erica Jong

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“If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.”

- Erica Jong

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17 Powerful Quotes to Unlock Change in the New Year

Lucille Ball

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“I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.”

- Lucille Ball

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17 Powerful Quotes to Unlock Change in the New Year

Michael Jordan

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“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

- Michael Jordan

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