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Quote to Live by in 2015

Published:Sunday | January 4, 2015 | 12:00 AM

The New Year for many of us means a new start or a new chapter, so while we tackle this new beginning. That is not always easy, so Outlook found some quotes that we believe will inspire you on your 2015 journey.

Starting anew

You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.

Mary Pickford (1892-1979), actress

For what its worth: its never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be ... I hope you will live a life you are proud of and, if youre not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), American author

Letting go

Let go of yesterday. Let today be a new beginning and be the best that you can and youll get to where God wants you to be.

Joel Osteen (1963-present), minister and author

We will be more successful in all our endeavours if we can let go of the habit of running all the time and take little pauses to relax and recentre ourselves. And well also have a lot more joy in living.

Thich Nhat Hanh (1926-present), Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, author, poet and peace activist

Relationships

Some think love can be measured by the butterflies in their tummy. Others think love can be measured in bunches of flowers, or by using the word forever. But love can only truly be measured by actions. It can be a small thing, such as peeling an orange for a person you love because you know they dont like doing it.

Marian Keyes (1963- present), novelist

The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise, we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.

Thomas Merton (1915-1968), American Catholic writer

Forgiveness

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929-1968), pastor, humanitarian, leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

I think the first step is to understand that forgiveness does not exonerate the perpetrator. Forgiveness liberates the victim. Its a gift you give yourself.

T. D. Jakes (1957-present), minister of religion, bishop

Kindness

A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost. He who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.

Saint Basil (330 AD-379 AD), bishop of Caesarea

Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.

Scott Adams (1957-present), creator of Dilbert Comic Strip

Happiness

There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.

Epictetus (55 AD-135 AD), Greek Stoic philosopher

Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and the third President of the United States

Love

Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.

Mother Teresa (1910-1997), Roman Catholic sister and missionary

Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment and offer you more joy than any material possession could.

Barbara De Angelis (1951-present), an American relationship consultant, lecturer, and author

Life

If you dont like something, change it. If you cant change it, change your attitude.

Maya Angelou (1928-2014), poet, author, actress

What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank you for it would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way. In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must truly appreciate what you already have.

Ralph Marston (1955-present), author