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20 Inspirational Quotes to Start off 2022

For the last five years, I have shared some of my favorite quotes from the past year that has inspired me or made me think deeper about a subject. I would say that the quote from Donna Volpitta was my favorite share from 2021, and it helps me focus on moving forward.


“Today, resilience has a much broader meaning. For researchers and professionals working with kids, it’s not just about ‘bouncing back.’ It’s about ‘bouncing forward.’

Resilience doesn’t just mean getting back to normal after facing a difficult situation. It means learning from the process in order to become stronger and better at tackling the next challenge.”

Donna Volpitta


To keep with tradition and for my own inspiration, I wanted to share some quotes that stuck with me or made me think. In this year’s list, I also include quotes from guests on my podcast, a quote form #BecauseOfATeacher, and quotes from popular culture.  You can read all of the quotes below or check out the past lists here:

2017  |  2018   |  2019 |  2020  |  2021

Here is this year’s list of some of my favorite quotes to start the year!


“The power of a caring teacher can be felt for a lifetime.”

Deidre Roemer, #BecauseOfATeacher


“Our students are ‘human beings’, not human doings.”

Dr. Mary Hemphill-Joseph


“Show up authentically, and synergy will meet you there.”

Sanjo Jendayi


“One thing I’ve learned as a coach is that you can’t force your will on people. If you want them to act differently, you need to inspire them to change themselves.”

Phil Jackson


“One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat.”

Napoleon Hill


“Principles are fundamental truths that serve as the foundations for behavior that gets you what you want out of life. They can be applied again and again in similar situations to help you achieve your goals.”

Ray Dalio


“Sometimes the darkest challenges, the most difficult lessons, hold the greatest gems of light.”

Barbara Marciniak


“Our challenges don’t define us. Our actions do.”

Michael J. Fox


“When you take care of yourself, you’re a better person for others. When you feel good about yourself, you treat others better.”

Solange Knowles


“If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.” 

Michael Jordan


“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.”

Carol Burnett


“I’d rather regret the risks that didn’t work out than the chances I didn’t take at all.”

Simone Biles


“If you’re waiting for the right time…Time never comes, Time only goes.” 

Azereth Skivel


“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”

Og Mandino


“Plant seeds every single day that you know who you are, you know what you’re about, and you know what goals you’ve set for yourself.”

Stephen Curry


“You never go wrong when you take the high road—it’s less crowded up there.”

Gayle King


“No emotion is the final state.”

Jeanette Winterson


“If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.”

Erica Jong


“Life is supposed to be a walking meditation.”

Dr. Kischa Campbell


“When we do these courageous things, we need to dig deep and clap for ourselves.”

Morgane Michael


Finally, my favorite Michael Scott quote which I think sums up the blur of the last two years!

“And I knew exactly what to do. But in a much more real sense, I had no idea what to do.”

Michael Scott


Have an amazing 2022! 

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