A great quote should inspire you to take action or to think differently. Read too many quotes, and few stand out. That's why I designed this brief selection to get you to think not only about the new year ahead, but to give you perhaps that one quote you will cut out and stick on your screen, on the back of your smartphone, on your morning mirror, or in your wallet so it reminds you every day of the path you must take.

I hope these quotes inspire you throughout the year so you treat every day as the beginning of a blessed and desirous life.

1. "Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect." --Alan Cohen

2. "Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page." --Henry Ward Beecher

3. "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." --

4. "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." --Theodore Roosevelt

5. "We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves, otherwise we harden." --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

7. "Some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity." --Gilda Radner

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

9. "A time comes when you need to stop waiting for the man you want to become and start being the man you want to be." --Bruce Springsteen

10. "The object isn't to make art, it's to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable." --

11. "Almost everything comes from nothing." --Henry F. Amiel

12. "Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises." --Demosthenes

13. "Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything." --

14. "For last year's words belong to last year's language. And next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning." --T.S. Eliot

15. "People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success." --Norman Vincent Peale

16. "Dissatisfaction is a great starting point, for it is right there that we have the most power, strength, and energy to push change through." --David DeNotaris

17. "Discontent is the first necessity of progress." --Thomas Edison

18. "All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant's revolving door." --

19. "Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but rather fear that it shall never have a beginning." --John Henry Cardinal

20. "Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right." --Oprah Winfrey

21. "We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives ... not looking for flaws, but for potential." --Ellen Goodman

22. "I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the year's." --Henry Moore

23. "An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves." --Bill Vaughan