New Beginnings: Inspirational Recovery Quotes

Each day the world is born anew
for him who takes it rightly.
~James Russell Lowell

Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.
~Nido Qubein

If all you can do is crawl, start crawling.

Gratitude is a form of wisdom. It is patient, loving, hopeful, and rigorously honest. It denies nothing, and it overlooks nothing. It looks reality full in the face and says: This is true, this is me, this is my situation, and I have the opportunity to build from here. This is my starting point, and I will succeed!
~Phil Humbert

Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.
~Alan Cohen

Begin doing what you want to do now. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand ... and melting like a snowflake.
~Marie Beyon Ray

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
~St. Francis of Assisi

You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.
~Joe Sabah

More powerful than the will to win is the courage to begin.

I wake up every morning with a great desire to live joyfully.
~Alexandra Stoddard

Every morning is a fresh beginning. Every day is the world made new. Today is a new day. Today is my world made new. I have lived all my life up to this moment, to come to this day. This moment...this as good as any moment in all eternity. I shall make of this day...each moment of this day...a heaven on earth. This is my day of opportunity.
~Dan Custer

The two important things I did learn were that you are as powerful and strong as you allow yourself to be, and that the most difficult part of any endeavor is taking the first step, making the first decision.
~Robyn Davidson

Every day is a fresh beginning. Every morn is the world made anew.
~Sarah Chauncey Woolsey

Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.
~Meister Eckhart

All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first thousand days, nor in the life of this administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.

Your mind, this globe of awareness, is a starry universe. When you push off with your foot, a thousand new roads become clear.

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
~Eleanor Roosevelt

Whatever you do or dream you can do ... begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.
~J.W. von Goethe

The beginning is the most important part of the work.

He has half the deed done who has made a beginning.

Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
~Henry Ford

You will never win if you never begin.
~Helen Rowland

I wake expectant, hoping to see a new thing.
~Annie Dillard

From small beginnings come great things.

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
~Theodore Roosevelt

A hard beginning maketh a good ending.
~John Heywood

There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory.
~Sir Francis Drake

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
~Lao Tzu

The greatest masterpieces were once only pigments on a palette.
~Henry S. Hoskins

What the caterpillar calls the end the rest of the world calls a butterfly.
~Lao Tzu

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

The distance is nothing; it's only the first step that is difficult.
~Marquise du Deffand

Whatever you want in life, start today. Not tomorrow ... today. Let it be a small beginning ... a tiny beginning. Your happiness depends on starting today ... every day.
~Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Making the beginning is one third of the work.
~Irish Proverb

Sometimes when you think you are done, it is just the edge of beginning. Probably that's why we decide we're done. It's getting too scary. We are touching down onto something real. It is beyond the point when you think you are done that often something strong comes out.
~Natalie Goldberg

So many fail because they don't get started... they don't go. They don't overcome inertia. They don't begin.
~W. C. Stone

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

Standing in the inspiring vision of my future, I boldly take every step - large and small - with courage and intent.
~Jonathan Lockwood Huie

All glory comes from daring to begin.
~Eugene F. Ware

Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident, and more and more successful.
~Mark Victor Hansen

When there is a start to be made, don't step over! Start where you are.
~Edgar Cayce

The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning.
~Ivy Baker Priest

What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.
~T.S. Eliot

The journey of a thousand leagues begins with a single step.
~Lao Tzu

The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
~Chinese proverb

What appears to be the end may really be a new beginning.
~ Unknown

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

Almost everything comes from nothing.
~Henry F. Amiel

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
~C. S. Lewis

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

Don't be afraid if things seem difficult in the beginning. That's only the initial impression. The important thing is not to retreat; you have to master yourself.
~Olga Korbut

It is necessary; therefore, it is possible.
~Guiseppe Borghese

Every end is a new beginning.

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

Exploration leads to accomplishment. All of it begins at the beginning, with the first small and scary step.
~Julia Cameron

Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
~Martin Luther King Jr.

Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be.
~Marsha Petrie Sue

One step must start each journey.

Do not despise the bottom rungs in the ascent to greatness.
~Publilius Syrus

Every exit is an entry somewhere else.
~Tom Stoppard

It was on that road and at that hour that I first became aware of my own self, experienced an inexpressible state of grace, and felt one with the first breath of air that stirred, the first bird, and the sun so newly born that it still looked not quite round.

When you feel that you have reached the end and that you cannot go one step further, when life seems to be drained of all purpose; what a wonderful opportunity to start all over again, to turn over a new page.
~Eileen Caddy

If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it.
~Jonathan Winters

The metamorphosis that transforms the lowly worm into a beautiful butterfly reminds us of the loving miracle producing Creator always at work before us, around us, and in us. To witness this marvel is to experience our own resurrection, new life, and beginning.
~J. Lloyd Ewart

Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities
within us and new beauty waiting to be born.
~Dr. Dale Turner

Wherever you are is always the right place. There is never a need to fix anything, to hitch up the bootstraps of the soul and start at some higher place. Start right where you are.
~Julia Cameron

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before beginning to improve the world.
~Anne Frank

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
~Vincent van Gogh

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.

Celebrate endings for they precede new beginnings.
~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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anadrol said...

Thank you for posting so many inspirational-recovery quotes! In those times, we all need them!

MrsMenopausal said...

I'm glad you enjoy them. I love quotes. It's obvious, right? ;)
Thanks for taking the time to comment, anadrol.

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MrsMenopausal said...

Thank you.

Mike Kemp said...

Nice page. A couple of comments:
1. You may want to update your translation of the Irish proverb you quote. The original in Irish is "Tosach maith, leath na hoibre" which translates as "A good start is half the work" (or "job");
2. I came to the page when searching for a source for the Lao Tzu butterfly quote. AFAIK it doesn't appear in the Tao Te Ching and I can't find any reliable citation for it. It may come from the Chuang Tzu (but I think some people confuse this line with the famous "butterfly dream"). Otherwise I can't trace it back further than Richard Bach in the form "what the caterpillar calls the end, the master calls a butterfly". Have you any more authoritative citation for Lao Tzu as the original source?

MrsMenopausal said...

Thanks, Mike. I'll check into those.

Anonymous said...

So far I'm liking what I'm reading, Thanks

MrsMenopausal said...

Thank you. I'm glad you like it. :)