21 Quotes to Inspire in 2021

Maribel with white, red, yellow and pink tulips
Maribel with White, Pink, Red, and Yellow Tulips (Photo by Harry Williamson)

At the beginning of each year, I like to share a selection of quotations on VisionAware – we are getting quite a healthy collection! I’ve been gathering quotes since my teens by writers, philosophers, artists, world leaders, inspirational speakers –anyone who captures words so beautifully, they inspire me to keep it for a rainy day.

When life gets challenging, here are 21 quotes to help focus your thoughts on a more positive outlook in 2021.

New Beginnings

rainbow man and woman in plate
Rainbow Man and Woman on Plate (Photo by Harry Williamson)

21. “The secret to change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” ~Socrates

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

19.  “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” ~St. Francis of Assisi

18. “I realize there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go.” ~Jeffrey McDaniel

17. “When you find yourself cocooned in isolation and you cannot find your way out of darkness…Remember, this is similar to the place where caterpillars go to grow their wings.” ~Necole Stephens


koala bear in tree
Koala Bear in Tree (Photo by Harry Williamson)

16. “Wherever your heart is, that is where you’ll find your treasure.” ~Paulo Coelho

15. “Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.” ~John Maxwell

14. “Being at ease with not knowing is crucial for answers to come to you.” ~Eckhart Tolle

13. “Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.” ~Coco Chanel

12. “There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ~Anaïs Nin

Unexpected Change

blue fairy wren
Blue Fairy Wren (Photo by Harry Williamson)

11. “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all.” ~Emily Dickinson

10. “At times you have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” ~Alan Alda

9. “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” ~Maya Angelou

8. “Life isn’t meant to be lived perfectly…but merely to be LIVED. Boldly, wildly, beautifully, uncertainly, imperfectly, magically LIVED.” ~Mandy Hale, 

7. “The rainbows of life follow the storm.” ~Anon

Love Where You Are

Maribel & Dindi by Sydney Harbour Bridge
Maribel and Her Dog Guide by Sydney Harbour Bridge (Photo by Harry Williamson)

6. “Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we’ll ever do.” ~Brene Brown

5. “Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.” ~Robert Fulgham

4. “Joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair. Never lose an opportunity to see anything that is beautiful.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

3. “You’re a work of art. A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.” ~Anon

2. “If you light a lamp for someone else it will also brighten your path.” ~Buddha

1. “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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