New years come with a lot of old questions. Did I live the past year well? Should I do things differently this year? Am I better off spiritually, emotionally, and financially than I was last year at this time? The year 2020 brings some less frequent questions too: What will happen in the US presidential election? What impact will Brexit have? When will the Mars 2020 rover actually launch? Is the decade really ending?

Whatever questions you ask yourself, approaching a new year with honesty can be a challenge. Lots of people struggle to keep their New Year's resolutions, and disappointment over that failure can snowball into other failures as well. It's important to remember that you have control over your actions and behaviors. You may not be able to control much, but your attitude can determine a great deal of what you're able to accomplish in this new year.

Here are 20 quotes to remember all the new opportunities that 2020 will bring for a fresh start towards the future of your dreams:

  1. "New Year's Day is every man's birthday." - Charles Lamb 
  2. "Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one." - Brad Paisley
  3. "We spend January 1st 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 
  4. "Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." - Carl Bard
  5. "For a New Year to bring you something new, make a move, like a butterfly tearing its cocoon! Make a move!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan
  6. "I resolve to write a new chapter of my life every new day in the New Year." - Lailah Gifty Akita
  7. "In our perfect ways. In the ways we are beautiful. In the ways we are human. We are here. Happy New Year's. Let's make it ours." - Beyoncé
  8. "Approach the New Year with resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day." - Michael Josephson
  9. "New year--a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours." - Alex Morritt
  10. "The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective." - G.K. Chesterton
  11. "Don't live the same year 75 times and call it a life." - Robin Sharma
  12. "Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year." - Waldo Emerson
  13. "And now let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been, full of work that has never been done, full of tasks, claims, and demands; and let us see that we learn to take it without letting fall too much of what it has to bestow upon those who demand of it necessary, serious, and great things." - Rainer Maria Rilke
  14. "What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year." - Vern McLellan
  15. "Make New Year's goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year.... It is an affirmation that you're interested in fully living life in the year to come. Goals give us direction." - Melody Beattie
  16. "An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves." - William E. Vaughan
  17. "We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day." - Edith Lovejoy Pierce
  18. "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

  19. "Each New Year, we have before us a brand new book containing 365 blank pages. Let us fill them with all the forgotten things from last year--the words we forgot to say, the love we forgot to show, and the charity we forgot to offer." - Peggy Toney Horton
  20. May the New Year bring you courage to break your resolutions early! My own plan is to swear off every kind of virtue, so that I triumph even when I fall!" - Aleister Crowley