No one ever said that life would be easy, that’s kind of what makes it so exciting, but when your hopes and your dreams are dashed, it can be tough finding the motivation to start all over again. Sometimes, what you need to pick you up, are some wise words from people who have been there before you. You are never alone and you are never the first person to experience what you are going through. If you need a bit of a push to get you going again, read these ten quotes that will help you find the motivation to start over and find happiness again.

  1. “Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” – Will Rogers

The past will drag you down, if you hold on to it, so let it go, and then you will be able move on to better things. There are so many quotes about letting go of the past, but this one really does sum it up nicely. Dwelling on the past is a waste of time, because there is absolutely nothing that you can do to change it.

  1. “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

You can’t control everything, so sometimes you just have to rise above it and carry on. This inspiring quote motivates you to do more than just survive the rough water, it says that you can master it and let it lead you on to better things. It’s much better to learn to soar above the waves, than it is to merely keep your head above water.

  1. “Your history is not your destiny.” – Alan Cohen

This is another one of great quotes on how to start over in life. Sometimes, what holds you back from starting over is your fear that history will repeat itself. So long as you learn from your mistakes, and you don’t repeat them, there is no reason at all why that should happen. Don’t ever let the misfortunes of the past stop you from trying again.

  1. “The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are.” – John Pierpont Morgan

Starting over can be scary, but you have to take the first steps if you are ever to move on from where you are. This quote is a message to the people who people who sit around saying how bad their luck is and then doing nothing to change it. Your destiny is your own your hands, and you can take the decision to change it, if you want to.

  1. “If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.” – Mary Pickford

Don’t ever think that you can’t start over, because you always can. People have recovered from the most horrendous of situations and gone on to thrive. Whatever mistakes you have made in the past, the worst thing you could do is just give up and resign yourself to your fate.

  1. “It’s never too late to be who you might have been.” – George Eliot

These are wise words indeed. Sometimes we take a wrong turn in life, but you never too old to take a different direction. If you have a dream you regret not following then give it a go. You can make a new start at any time in your life.

  1. “Storms make trees take deeper roots.”– Dolly Parton

Whether it’s a broken relationship or any other kind of setback, all of these difficulties that cross our paths do make us stronger. That’s why it’s so important to learn from the past, but not live in it. With what you have learned, and with the strength that you have gained, you can start all over again, and do it differently this time around.

  1. “Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” – Marilyn Monroe

This is another one of great quotes on how to start over in life. Though you may not believe it when things have not been going your way, sometimes, the bad patches that we experience in our lives, are the ideal times to completely change direction. When you start over again, from scratch, it can give you the opportunity to do things the way that you want to this time.

  1. “You are not stuck where you are unless you decide to be.” – Wayne W Dyer

Don’t sit back and decide to put with what you have, no one is totally stuck in a rut, there is always a way out. All you have to do is to decide that you don’t want to be where are and start to take the step to change things. It may not be easy, and it may take some time, but it’s always possible to make a fresh start.

  1. “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin

This clever little quote sums up nicely the challenge facing us all. We can’t control everything that happens in our lives, but we still need to face up to those things and do our best to overcome them. If you want to restart your life, you need to face up to that fact and then get on with it! It sure won’t change all by itself.

Stay happy!