Every Journey Begins with a Choice: 65 Great Quotes About New Beginnings

Every journey begins with a choice. It seems kind of simple, doesn’t it? But sometimes we need extra support with those choices because it’s not always quite as simple as one might think. I invite you to use these 65 great quotes about new beginnings to inspire you to move forward with confidence and joy.

We all face many new beginnings in life — expected or unexpected — and must make decisions about how to proceed on the next stage of our life journey. Every new journey begins with a choice — and you must make the best choice possible if you want to live your best life.

Sometimes you may face a new beginning that is scary, unwanted, or difficult — as in the case of divorce, death, employment, etc. Do the best you can — that’s all you can do sometimes. Consider your options and make a choice.

Sometimes you may be excited, nervous or a little of both about a new journey in life — as in the case of marriage, children, new home, etc. Again, make the best choice you can make with happiness and pride.

And sometimes you just need to make a choice about getting up in the morning and moving forward with your day. Life can be challenging sometimes for everyone. So I’ve included everyday is a new beginning quotes here, too — for your daily inspiration. Just get out of bed and put one foot in front of the other!

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Whatever new journey you face in life, be inspired by these awesome quotes about new beginnings that encourage and motivate you to remember every journey begins with a choice — you have choices about the paths you take and the way you handle every new journey.

Thank you for visiting. I hope you find these quotes inspirational! Please share them with friends and family who might need motivation and encouragement.

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Every Journey Begins with a Choice

Whether it’s a big choice, or a little choice, or somewhere in between — make your choice and move forward. As Dory says in her adventures, “just keep swimming.”

“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” | Buddha

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.” | Amelia Earhart

“Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility.” | Oprah Winfrey

“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.” | Oprah Winfrey

“Your life is a journey of learning to love yourself first and then extending that love to others in every encounter.” | Oprah Winfrey

“Nobody’s journey is seamless or smooth. We all stumble. We all have setbacks. It’s just life’s way of saying, ‘Time to change course.’” | Oprah Winfrey

Living your best life is your most important journey in life.” | Oprah Winfrey

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These motivational quotes should provide lasting inspiration for you to find your courage and confidence to start anew — whether is be a new career, a new relationship, a new home — YOU CAN DO THIS!

“Your journey begins with a choice to get up, step out, and live fully.” | Oprah Winfrey

“At every fork in the road, you make a choice. And it is those decisions that shape our lives.” | Mike DeWine

“Every great story on the planet happened when someone decided not to give up, but kept going no matter what.” | Spryte Loriano

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” | Maria Robinson

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” | Harriet Tubman

“Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” | Vivian Greene

“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 the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” | Mark Twain

“At any given moment you have the power to say: This is not how the story is going to end.” | Christine Mason Miller

“Celebrate endings — for they precede new beginnings.” | Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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“Every day begins with an act of courage and hope: Getting out of Bed.” | Mason Cooley

“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” | Meister Eckhart

“Divorce is the starting point of a brand new life. Don’t lose the chance to redesign it upon your dreams.” | Rossana Condoleo

“Just make a decision — any decision — and keep moving forward.” | Unknown

“Sometimes you just know it’s time to start something new. Trust the magic of new beginnings.” | Unknown

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” | Lao Tzu

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” | Martin Luther King, Jr

“The next chapter of your life is always more interesting than the last one.” | Michael Lipsey

“You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep rereading the last one.” | Michael McMillian

“You don’t have to have it all figured out. Just move forward.” | Unknown

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Quotes About New Beginnings

I’m so excited to share these truly great words of wisdom in this collection of inspirational quotes about new beginnings. We’ve put together a collection of many talented leaders who speak great words about how every journey begins with a choice — even a choice to just to get out of bed in the morning.

“Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.” | Guy Finley

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” | George Eliot

“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are.” | J.P. Morgan

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.” | Plato

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.” | Joseph Campbell

“It’s a wise man who understands that every day is a new beginning, because boy, how many mistakes do you make in a day? I don’t know about you, but I make plenty. You can’t turn the clock back, so you have to look ahead.” | Mel Gibson

“Let go of the past, free yourself of disappointments, embrace a new perspective and grasp the possibilities of the future.” | Susan Ballinger

“Never allow waiting to become a habit. Live your dreams and take risks. Life is happening now.” | Paulo Coelho

“You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the water slide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.” | Tina Fey

“The visionary starts with a clean sheet of paper, and re-imagines the world.” | Malcolm Gladwell

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“The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each new day to have a new and different sun…. Don’t settle down and sit in one place. Move around, be nomadic, make each day a new horizon.” | Jon Krakauer

“Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possible can.” | Douglas Pagels

“What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.” | Maya Angelou

“The start of something new brings the hope of something great.” | Unknown

“I am learning to love the sound of my feet walking away from things not meant for me.” | A.G.


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Every journey begins with a choice is a profound thought when you consider the many choices we make in a single day, week, month, year — and in our lifetimes.

“You can learn new things at any time in your life if you’re willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you.” | Barbara Sher

“The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” | Anna Quindlen

“Change can be scary, but you know what’s scarier? Allowing fear to stop you from growing, evolving, and progressing.” | Mandy Hale

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go. They merely determine where you start.” | Nido Qubein

“You are far more than your worst day, your worst experience, your worst season, dear one. You are more than the sorriest decision you ever made. You are more than the darkest sorrow you’ve endured. Your name is not Ruined. It is not Helpless. It is not Victim. It is not Irresponsible. History is replete with overcomers who stood up after impossible circumstances and walked in freedom. You are not an anemic victim destined to a life of regret. Not only are you capable, you have full permission to move forward in strength and health.” | Jen Hatmaker

“Never underestimate the power you have to take your life in a new direction.” | Germany Kent

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“Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand.” | Oprah Winfrey

“A new day: Be open enough to see opportunities. Be wise enough to be grateful. Be courageous enough to be happy.” | Steve Maraboli

“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.” | Joseph Campbell

“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been” | Rainer Maria Rilke

“Every sunset is an opportunity to reset.” | Richie Norton

“The magic in new beginnings is truly the most powerful of them all.” | Josiyah Martin

“No one can ever take your memories from you – each day is a new beginning, make good memories every day.” | Catherine Pulsifer

 “Even the greatest was once a beginner. Don’t be afraid to take that first step.” | Muhammad Ali

“Every moment is a fresh beginning.” | T.S. Eliot

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

“I discovered that a fresh start is a process. A fresh start is a journey – a journey that requires a plan.” | Vivian Jokotade

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.” | Herman Hesse

“If all you can do is crawl, start crawling.” | Rumi

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“The hardest part is starting. Once you get that out of the way, you’ll find the rest of the journey much easier.” |  Simon Sinek

“Don’t be afraid of new beginnings. Don’t shy away from new people, new energy, new surroundings. Embrace new chances at happiness.” | Unknown

“If you wish to be happy right from the beginning of your day, then it is about time to leave behind your past.” |  Lorin Hopper

“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” | C. S. Lewis


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“Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose – not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember.” | Anne Sullivan

“Every accomplishment begins with the decision to try.” | James Allen

I hope you have found encouragement in these quotes about new beginnings. Don’t forget that it just takes the decision to START and you’ll be moving toward your hopes and dreams. Every journey begins with a choice — sometimes it’s as simple as starting!

If you enjoyed these quotes, you may want to check out other Sassy Sister Stuff pages of inspirational quotes about living life on your own terms and quotes about life and struggles.

Love to All! ~Susan

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