(Note: This is a prior year's list. Looking for inspirational quotes for 2018? Check out our updated compendium of the best 2018 inspirational quotes, here.)

My favorite inspirational quote is something Helen Keller wrote in her 1957 book, The Open Door. Keller's story--overcoming deafness and blindness to become a prolific author and lecturer--has always motivated me. Her quote is like a short, sharp arrow to the heart:

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.

We occasionally run lists of inspirational quotes on Inc.com. For 2016, I'm doing something a little different: 366 quotes, one tied to each day. We'll start January's installment below, and continue each month throughout the year. 

(By the way, you can get the entire original list of 366 Daily Inspirational Quotes for 2016 here.)

Here's the first installment--31 quotes for January 2016 meant to inspire you to dream, achieve, succeed, and live a better and happier life. Happy New Year!

Friday, January 1

"The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it." --Michelangelo

Saturday, January 2

"Life's like a movie; write your own ending, keep believing, keep pretending." --Jim Henson

Sunday, January 3

"There is no security in this life. There is only opportunity." --Douglas MacArthur

Monday, January 4

"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." --William Jennings Bryan

Tuesday, January 5

"It's never too late to be what you might have been." --George Elliot

Wednesday, January 6

"If you have no critics, you'll likely have no success."--Malcolm Forbes

Thursday, January 7

"Winners make a habit of manufacturing their own positive expectations in advance of the event." --Brian Tracy

Friday, January 8

"It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving." --Mother Teresa

Saturday, January 9

"People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost." --Dalai Lama

Sunday, January 10

"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." --George Bernard Shaw

Monday, January 11

"A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are for." --John A. Shedd

Tuesday, January 12

"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy that is translated through you; and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique." --Martha Graham

Wednesday, January 13

"I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think." --Rumi

Thursday, January 14

"To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to do." --Kahlil Gibran

Friday, January 15

"I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: The only ones among you who will be truly happy are those who have sought and found how to serve." --Albert Schweitzer

Saturday, January 16

"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs -- even though checkered by failure -- than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat." --Theodore Roosevelt

Sunday, January 17

"A good criterion for measuring success in life is the number of people you have made happy." --Robert J. Lumsden

Monday, January 18 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

"The time is always right to do what is right." --Martin Luther King Jr.

Tuesday, January 19

"Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love." --Rumi

Wednesday, January 20

"Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you." --Carl Sandburg

Thursday, January 21

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." --Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, January 22

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." --Mohandas K. Gandhi

Saturday, January 23

"Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." --Albert Einstein

Sunday, January 24

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." --George Bernard Shaw

Monday, January 25

"A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving." --Lao Tzu

Tuesday, January 26

"There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning." --Louis L'Amour

Wednesday, January 27

"Life is really simple, but men insist on making it complicated." --Confucius

Thursday, January 28

"With every experience, you alone are painting your own canvas, thought by thought, choice by choice." --Oprah Winfrey

Friday, January 29

"Whether you be man or woman, you will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor." --James Lane Allen

Saturday, January 30

"It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan." --Eleanor Roosevelt

Sunday, January 31

"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." --Charles Darwin