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Thoughts on new beginnings

Published: Jan 14, 2022 11:32:55 AM IST

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I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.
—David Bowie
English singer-songwriter

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice.
—TS Eliot
British poet

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.
Roman philosopher

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.
—William Shakespeare
English playwright

You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
—Martin Luther King
American civil rights activist

Listen. I wish I could tell you it gets better. But, it doesn’t get better. You get better.
—Joan Rivers
American comedian

The most important thing to remember is this: To be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become.
—WEB Du Bois
American-Ghanaian sociologist

Strength shows not only the ability to persist, but the ability to start over.
—F Scott Fitzgerald
American novelist

It always seems impossible until it’s done.
—Nelson Mandela
South African political leader

The best way to predict the future is to create it.
—Abraham Lincoln
American politician

Life’s not about expecting, hoping and wishing, it’s about doing, being and becoming.
—Mike Dooley
American author

The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are.
—JP Morgan
American banker

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
Greek philosopher

(This story appears in the 14 January, 2022 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)