75 Starting Over Quotes And Sayings To Motivate You

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Starting over is undoubtedly one of the hardest things a person has to do in their lifetime. It’s a feeling that is reminiscent of your first day at a new school and let me tell you, nobody wants to be the new kid.

Trust me, it’s scary. But you are starting over for a reason. And although it hurts, a fresh start is healthy — and as these starting over quotes demonstrate, more than likely the right move.


You left whatever was behind because it was hurting you. And it’s good you let go.

These quotes will help you get through those fleeting moments when you regret leaving what you left. Remember you were hurting, and you don’t deserve that.

They will teach you that what you left behind wasn’t what you needed or wanted. It’s normal to forget why you left in the first place, but this new life will blow your mind away compared to the one you led before.

Check out these ultra-inspiring quotes about moving on from the past and starting over.

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Think positive thoughts and take your first step towards something brand new!

75 Starting Over Quotes And Sayings

1. “It happens to everyone as they grow up. You find out who you are and what you want, and then you realize that people you've known forever don't see things the way you do. So you keep the wonderful memories, but find yourself moving on.” — Nicholas Sparks

2. “Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.” — Steve Maraboli

3. “You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy. So let them go, let go of them. I tie no weights to my ankles.” — C. Joybell C.

4. “Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.” — Steve Maraboli

5. “And now I’ll do what’s best for me.” — John Green

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6. “I'm done with those; regrets are an excuse for people who have failed.” — Ned Vizzini

7. “Chance is not a word to toss in the air. It’s a word to take in, a word to give yourself.” — Michelle Muriel

8. “They say, timing is everything. But then they say, there is never a perfect time for anything.” — Anthony Liccione

9. “The direction you choose to face determines whether you're standing at the end or the beginning of a road.” — Richelle E. Goodrich

10. “You can start anew at any given moment. Life is just the passage of time and it’s up to you to pass it as you please.” — Charlotte Ericksson

11. “For last year's words belong to last year's language. And next year's words await another voice.” — T.S. Eliot

12. “Take a deep breath, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again.” — Frank Sinatra

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13. “Life is a process — just one thing after another. When you lose it, just start again.” — Richard Carlson

14. “Whatever wrong turns you've taken in life you can always start over and find your way back to happiness.” — Marty Rubin

15. “Sometimes life requires more of you than you have to give & demands you plunge into the reinvention of yourself if you truly wanna live.” — Curtis Tyrone Jones

16. “The earth provides us a brand new beginning every twenty-four hours. It is a repeated invitation to breathe in the cool morning air and start afresh; to mimic the sunrise and brighten up while reaching once more for the sky; to carry a glad song in our heart like the early birds; and, as faithfully as the morning dew, to wash off the dust from yesterday.” — Richelle E. Goodrich

17. “Seedlings of life sometimes come out of the fertiliser of what was left behind.” — Gillian Duce

18. “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” — Joseph Campbell

19. “What feels like the end is often the beginning.” — Anonymous

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20. “It's painful and it's messy. But sometimes you just have to make the break and start again.” — Tony Parsons

21. “All he would say was that sometimes you have to burn it down and start over.” — Kelly Braffet

22. “Be okay with what exits, and be welcoming to what enters.” — Idil Ahmed

23. “Today is a BRAND NEW day—a perfectly good reason to get up and start over. Never give up.” — Richelle E. Goodrich

24. “As long as you're still alive, you always have the chance to start again.” — Emily Acker

25. “Maybe you had to leave in order to really miss a place; maybe you had to travel to figure out how beloved your starting point was.” — Jodi Picoult

26. “You can love them, forgive them, want good things for them...but still move on without them.” — Mandy Hale

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27. “Recreate your life, always, always. Remove the stones, plant rose bushes and make sweets. Begin again.” — Cora Carolina

28. “Wherever you are is the entry point.” — Kabir

29. “Reinvent yourself over and over and over and over and over until you find home. There is no timeline for the soul.” — Malebo Sephodi

30. “Hearts rebuilt from hope resurrect dreams killed by hate.” — Aberjhani

31. “Starting over is opportunity informed by failure, which is opportunity made intelligent.” — Craig D. Lounsbrough

32. “You live, you learn, and you upgrade.” — Anonymous

33. “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” — Chuang Tzu

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34. “If I must start somewhere, right here and now is the best place imaginable.” — Richelle E. Goodrich

35. “You’ll never get a new ending if you keep starting with the same tired beginning.” — Lisa Daily

36. “I'm allowed to have new dreams.” — Sarah Beth Durst

37. “So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don't sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we've satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.” — Lee Iacocca

38. “Though we may not have reached the heights we anticipated yesterday, today is a brand new day to begin a new climb.” — Chinonye J. Chidolue

39. “Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” — L.M. Montgomery

40. “For what it’s worth: It’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over." — F. Scott Fitzgerald

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41. “No one is ever a victim of life; we are all volunteering to grow.” — Shannon L. Alder

42. “Left alone, no matter at what age or under what circumstance, you have to remake your life.” — Katharine Graham

43. “Sometimes it’s not about trying to fix something that’s broken. Sometimes it’s about starting again and building something new. Something better” — Leisa Rayven

44. “There is something beautiful about a blank canvas, the nothingness of the beginning that is so simple and breathtakingly pure. It’s the paint that changes its meaning and the hand that creates the story. Every piece begins the same, but in the end they are all uniquely different.” — Piper Payne

45. “It's good to start over. It will be scary but you will see what you're really made of; it's the best opportunity to achieve what you never thought you could.” — Jennifer Coletta

46. “Sometimes the hardest part isn't letting go but rather learning to start over.” — Nicole Sobon

47. “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” — C.S. Lewis

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48. “If you keep picking at that scab on your heart, it won't heal.” — Antonia Perdu

49. “The past is somewhere we can walk with our memories. Never with our footsteps.” — Mimi Novic

50. “What's wonderful about life is you always have to start over. No many how many meals you've eaten, words you've spoken, breaths, you've taken, you always have to start over.” — Marty Rubin

51. “This is life. Things get taken away. You will learn to start over many times — or you will be useless.” — Mitch Albom

52. “Remembering where and why you fell and learning the lessons well is a good starting point to start all over again with a better insight and a renewed fortitude and wit to dare again for victory!” — Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

53. “The beginning is always today.” — Mary Shelley

54. “Coffee and then the world.” — Anonymous

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55. “That last page turned is a perfect excuse to write a whole new book.” — Toni Sorenson

56. “It's never too late to right a wrong.” — Emily Acker

57. “There comes a moment when you realise that there are no more chapters left in the book of your (current) life and it's time to start a new book.” — Malebo Sephodi

58. “Forget everything you've done. Start over.” — Marty Rubin

59. “You are never too old to start over. Every day is a chance to make changes to create the life we want.” — Karon Waddell

60. “Never feel guilty for starting again.” — Rupi Kaur

61. “When you can no longer think of a reason to continue you must think of a reason to start over.” — Linda Poindexter

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62. “The best thing about endings is knowing that just ahead is the daunting task to start over.” — Jodi Picoult

63. “If God closes a door AND a window, consider the fact that it might be time to build a whole new house.” — Mandy Hale

64. “There's a great deal of relief in goodbyes and a lot of promise in hellos.” — Laarni Venus Marie Giango

65. “It's never too late to start over!” — Lynne Gentry

66. “Regrets and mistakes help us identify areas of growth. They are not meant to be dwelled on. Do not let them undermine your potential.” — Naide P. Obiang

67. “Advice to my younger self: 1. Start where you are with what you have. 2. Try not to hurt other people. 3. Take more chances. 4 If you fail, keep trying.” — Germany Kent

68. “Don’t be afraid to start over. It’s a brand new opportunity to rebuild what you truly want.” — Anonymous

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69. “Every day begins like a blank chalkboard, on which each one of us can write the poem of our present and our dreams for the future.” — Ricky Martin

70. “A Sunrise is God's way of saying, "Let's start again.” — Todd Stocker

71. “Life is never too heavy to pick up where we left off.” — Curtis Tyrone Jones

72. “Don't worry. Just when you think your life is over, a new storyline falls from the sky and lands right in your lap.” — Rebekah Crane

73. “The future lies ahead, calling us up, offering us a new chance to make a new choice every day, offering us the chance to go another way, to start over. The possibilities are countless. All you have to do is just dare to take them.” — Zoe Haslie

74. "Instead of saying 'I'm damaged, I'm broken, I have trust issues,' say, 'I'm healing, I'm rediscovering myself, I'm starting over.'" — Horacio Jones

75. “And suddenly, you know...It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” — Meister Eckhart

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