17 Inspirational Quotes to Motivate You Through 2017

17 Inspirational Quotes to Motivate You Through 2017

Beautifully written words have always meant a lot to me. I’ve kept and maintained a list of favourite quotes on Tumblr since high school, which I revisit and reread at least once every few months. As someone who grew up reading a lot, well-written words have a huge impact on me. I even had a John Green quote tattooed on myself after I fell in love with Looking for Alaska (my favourite book of all-time).

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I thought I’d do a little post on some of my favourite motivational quotes to inspire you for the new year, starting off with my all-time favourite:


  1. “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” -Roald Dahl
  2. “A secret to happiness is letting every situation be what it is instead of what you think it should be, and then making the best of it.” -Anonymous
  3. “Sometimes, you have to get knocked down lower than you have ever been to stand back up taller than you ever were.” -Anonymous
  4. “Things get better. You will go from standing in the shower thinking ‘god what if this is for the rest of my life’ to ‘god, I hope this is for the rest of my life.’” -Anonymous
  5. “Someday you will look back and know exactly why it had to happen.” -Anonymous
  6. “Be strong enough to let go and wise enough to wait for what you deserve.” -Anonymous
  7. If it is important enough to you, you will find a way. If it is not, you will find an excuse.” -Anonymous
  8. “A year ago, everything was different. I wouldn’t have pictured myself like this, and now that I look back, I have realized that a year can do a lot to a person.” -Anonymous
  9. “Two things prevent us from happiness; living in the past and observing others.” -Anonymous
  10. “If they respect you, respect them. If they disrespect you, still respect them. Do not allow the actions of others to decrease your good manners, because you represent yourself, not others.” -Mohammad Zeyara
  11. “Self-love is a good thing but self-awareness is more important. You need to once in a while go ‘uh, I’m kind of an asshole.’” -Louis C.K.
  12. “Life is too short to sit around and wait for indifferent people to make up their minds about how they feel about you.” -Mike Falzone
  13. “Know this: you can start over, each morning.” -Tyler Joseph
  14. “One day I just woke up and realized that I can’t touch yesterday. So why the heck was I letting it touch me?” -Steve Maraboli
  15. “I am learning everyday to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me.” -Tracee Ellis Ross
  16. Document the moments you feel most in love with yourself – what you’re wearing, who you’re around, what you’re doing. Recreate and repeat.” -Warsan Shire
  17. “Scare the world: be exactly who you say you are and tell the truth.” -Iain Cain Thomas

I hope these quotes inspire or motivate you in some way. Most of these are very dear to my heart. I also have a Pinterest board dedicated to inspirational quotes if you’re interested in seeing more. Have an amazing and successful 2017, friends!

P.S. if you liked this post, you might like this post on simple ways to clean up your social media accounts.

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Jessica Lam

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  • I love all the quotes.

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  • Carly Ned

    Love all the quotes but especially: “A year ago, everything was different. I wouldn’t have pictured myself like this, and now that I look back, I have realized that a year can do a lot to a person.” With the FB memories thing, it’s so weird looking back and seeing how far I’ve come. This quote holds so true! xx thecarlycollective.com

    • Haha yeah, even coming across old Tweets is weird!

  • I love this one: “Scare the world: be exactly who you say you are and tell the truth.” -Iain Cain Thomas. I had never seen it before, it’s awesome!

  • Doran

    Theres always room for some good motivational quotes! Thanks for sharing! Doran @ Haute Beauty Guide

  • I love how unique these are! I am also a total quote fanatic and some of these are so perfect for my life right now :).

  • Caroline Durkee

    Wow I need to pin this! Love these all!!

  • Lucretia Carter

    You have found some pretty amazing quotes, I love this so much!

  • YAAAS love motivational quotes! Esp #9 and #10. Great post girl xx

  • Isaly Fergg

    Such a great list! I love reading motivational quotes, i even made a post about it lol. My favorite one off your list is: “Sometimes, you have to get knocked down lower than you have ever been to stand back up taller than you ever were.”

    • Thanks Isaly! I’d love to check your post out if you send me the link 🙂

  • These are great. I love inspirational quotes!

  • M.

    Great list! I firmly believe in #5 and #7. My husband and I had a long distance relationship for a year or so before we got married. I still hear from a lot of people that LDRs don’t work and I’m like, “If it is important enough to you, you will find a way. If it is not, you will find an excuse.”

  • Barb

    I absolutely love this quote “If it is important enough to you, you will find a way. If it is not, you will find an excuse.” So true to life that if you want something bad enough, you’ll do what you have to do to get it. Great list of inspirational quotes. 🙂

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  • Mursal Rahman

    I loved the one from Mohammad Zeyara. so true

    • I think it’s one of the most important ones out of this list!

  • Alice Chun

    These were great, Jess. Something I really needed today! <3

  • This is the perfect collection of quotes! I’m going to have to bookmark these. I’ve never heard of “Looking for Alaska.” Going to have to look that up!

    Brittany
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  • Candy Kage

    I like to say everyday is a do over. just don’t repeat the mistakes you made from the day before.

    • Basically quote #13 🙂 thanks for reading Candy!

  • Anna Hubbard

    Ooh, I love all of these! I especially like: “Know this: you can start over, each morning.” -Tyler Joseph. Each day is a new day!
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  • Who is anonymous and why is he so wise? Seriously though, I love all of these. My personal faves are from Albert Camus.

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  • I LOVE these. Just what I needed today. I love the one about starting over every morning. These are great

  • Great list! I especially love #2 and #7! I left a career that no longer served me and now I am following my dreams. Life is too short to make excuses!

    • Thanks Willow, I’m very happy for you! All the best this new year!

  • I love these. I’m a quotes nerd. I have quotes written everywhere but I’m seeing a few here that I haven’t seen before. Yay! 🙂

    • Haha me too! Glad you found some new ones 🙂

  • No such thing as too much inspiration!

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  • Molly O’Connor

    THat Roald Dahl one is my FAVE! Love this little burst of inspiration this morning!

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    • I’m happy you found inspiration from this Molly! 🙂

  • Fernweh Society

    Girl – these are amazing – everyone should have at least one of these posted somewhere to see daily OX

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  • I must say I have some fave on these sharing you did:
    “Someday you will look back and know exactly why it had to happen.” -Anonymous

    “If they respect you, respect them. If they disrespect you, still respect them. Do not allow the actions of others to decrease your good manners, because you represent yourself, not others.” -Mohammad Zeyara

    “Know this: you can start over, each morning.” -Tyler Joseph

    “Scare the world: be exactly who you say you are and tell the truth.” -Iain Cain Thomas

    thank you for the inspirations and motivation!!!!
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  • HAHA Ok I love all of these (especially anything by Roald Dahl because he was my favorite author growing up), but that Louis C.K. one about self-awareness has been my favorite for the past two years! Thanks for collecting these! :]

  • bri ❁

    Absolutely love this – and I LOVE Looking for Alaska!

    • Thanks so much Brianne! It’s such a wonderful book 🙂

  • Kimberly Hsieh

    Number 13 is probably my favorite! Very pinteresty post 🙂

  • Anne K

    these are awesome!

  • I’m really in need of posts like this at the moment! Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂 x

    Victoria | VictoriaaHelenn

  • LOVE LOVE LOVE am pinning this post… thank you for such great inspo! xoxo Robin

  • Istiana Bestari

    Love number 9! Definetly needed the reminder!

    • Glad you found inspiration out of this!! 🙂

  • Love these Quotes Jessica! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Starting my last semester of college tomorrow, so I definitely need this! Thanks for the inspiration, babe <3

    Enclothed Cognition

    • I’m on my last semester as well! Glad this inspired you Keri 🙂