25 Fresh Start Quotes: Inspiration for a New Beginning This Autumn

I don’t know about you, but September always makes me feel like it’s time to begin something new to enhance my own life and the lives of those around me. These inspirational fresh start quotes are chosen to reflect that feeling and motivate us toward an autumn fresh start.

Love quotes? So do I! I’ve got a huge collection of motivational quotes that are perfect for all kinds of seasons and life situations.

white background and autumn items pine cones orange slice apple slices cinnamon with white overlay and black text quotes to inspire a fresh start

This post may contain affiliate links. If you choose to purchase through an affiliate link, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. You can see my full disclaimer here.

Here we are… September…

The mornings are a bit crisper. Students are beginning a new school year. Routines are being established.

Do you feel like you have some breathing room right now? Or are you feeling like things are off-kilter? I hope it’s the first one! But even if you’re feeling not quite yourself, I’m sure you’ll find some wisdom — and comfort — in these inspirational quotes.

“Some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.”

Gilda Radner

Wondering why a fresh start is good?

When we are mired in the sameness of everyday…  or the uncertainty of what’s going to happen next… our overthinking brains start churning and spinning, going nowhere. When we realize what’s happening, we have to stop overthinking and shake things up. 

This type of fresh start looks different for everyone. It could be a major change. Or it could be something like rearranging the furniture or starting a gratitude journal practice.

Whatever you choose, try to make it something positive to cancel out or overcome the wealth of negativity that may have defined your life for the past few months. Starting something new isn’t always easy, so choose your favorite fresh start quotes from this post to keep you inspired every day.

background red maple tree with dark overlay and white text septembers are for fresh starts

Autumn Inspiration Quotes

“Somehow, a scrubbed house spells a fresh start.”
— Sheherazade Goldsmith

“September is the other January”
— Gretchen Rubin

This is the month for starting fresh — again. 😉 Maybe it’s time for some autumn decluttering and cleaning? Or unplugging from your tech for a while to get into a new and improved mindspace?

Fresh Start Inspirational Quotes

“I hope you realize that every day is a fresh start for you. That every sunrise is a new chapter in your life waiting to be written.”
— Juansen Dizon


MLK quote take the first step in faith on orange background over image of road leading to horizon

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
— Martin Luther King Jr.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
— Anne Frank

“Think of how many chances and fresh starts you have given others… Let today be the day you grant that to yourself. A new day. A fresh start. Renewed energy. Endless opportunities and blessings. Let’s make today worth remembering!”
— Steve Maraboli


George Eliot quote it is never too late in red text on white background over image of paint-stained wood floor

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
–  George Eliot

Even though Mary Ann Evans used a male pen name for her fiction works, I love that she was her own woman in her private life.

Don’t become mired in thoughts of missed opportunities. If you want to do or be something new, go for it!


“There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth… not going all the way, and not starting.”
— Buddha

“Begin today. Declare out loud to the universe that you are willing to let go of struggle and eager to learn through joy.”
— Sarah Ban Breathnach

New Start Quotes

“The beginning is always today.”
— Mary Shelley

Seneca quote every new beginning in white text on dark background over image of beach pebbles

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”
— Seneca

“Hit the reset button. Whatever happened yesterday, forget about it. Get a new perspective. Today is a new day. Fresh start, begins now.”
— Germany Kent

“Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.”
— Alan Cohen


Confucius they must change often quotes in dark pink text over pale blue circle on teal background

“They must change often, who would be constant in happiness.”
–  Confucius

Too much of the same is a recipe for complacency and, eventually, dissatisfaction. Change it up. Add something new to your life or revive an old favorite (good for you!) habit that you had set aside long ago.

Your mind and your mood will thank you.


“Everyone has that moment I think, the moment when something so momentous happens that it rips your very being into small pieces. And then you have to stop. For a long time, you gather your pieces. And it takes such a very long time, not to fit them back together, but to assemble them in a new way, not necessarily a better way. More, a way you can live with until you know for certain that this piece should go there, and that one there.”
— Kathleen Glasgow, Girl in Pieces

Motivational Quotes for a Fresh Start

“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.”
— Dolly Parton

“Life is not a dress rehearsal. Stop practicing what you’re going to do and just go do it. In one bold stroke you can transform today.”
— Marilyn Grey


Groucho Marx quote I find television very educational on transparent white background over image of open book and red maple leaf

“I find television very educational. Every time someone turns it on, I go in the other room and read a book.”
–  Groucho Marx

“A time comes when you need to stop waiting for the man you want to become and start being the man you want to be.”
— Bruce Springsteen

“It’s humbling to start fresh. It takes a lot of courage. But it can be reinvigorating. You just have to put your ego on a shelf & tell it to be quiet.”
— Jennifer Ritchie Payette


Albert Einstein quote in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity in yellow and teal text on chalkboard background

“Out of clutter, find Simplicity. From discord, find Harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies Opportunity.”
–  Albert Einstein

Smart man, indeed. 😉 This is my new favorite quote. It’s currently the background on my computer screen, and I just love the message!


“I want every day to be a fresh start on expanding what is possible.”
— Oprah Winfrey

“I discovered that a fresh start is a process. A fresh start is a journey – a journey that requires a plan.”
— Vivian Jokotade


Valorie Burton purpose is about making a difference quote on turquoise background

“Purpose is about making a difference in the lives of others.”
–  Valorie Burton, Successful Women Think Differently

Think of the people you admire most. Do you immediately picture self-involved people, or do you think of those who really make a difference by giving of themselves?

Guess what? You can be one of those people! Find your purpose, and make a difference.

It may be something as simple as always smiling and being pleasant at work (even when you’re not feeling it at all). A smile and kind words go a long way toward building a better world.

Whatever your strength, use it to make a positive impact.

More Posts You May Enjoy:

Autumn Leaves Quotes: 25 Gorgeous Fall Seasonal Quotes

List Writing Prompts: 20 Lists to Make {Free Printable}

Six Reasons To Set New Year’s Resolutions In September

7 Ways to Clear Your Cluttered Mind in About 15 Minutes

15 Slow Down Quotes to Help You Enjoy More Living

Check out these 25 quotes to inspire your fresh start! #quotes #motivation Click To Tweet

Final Thoughts on Autumn Fresh Starts

I don’t think the anticipation of ‘September New Year’ will ever fade. Seriously, it’s like a chance to do those things we promised to accomplish in January… and there’s a little more urgency now, since winter is approaching. 

Let’s use these fresh start quotes to inspire us to make good use of and completely enjoy these final few weeks before the cold chills our bones and the snow makes us not want to leave the house.

Whether your routine is in disarray, or things are settling into a positive and comfortable pattern, I hope the new month finds you ready and capable of tackling new adventures and projects.

Sign up below to get a free set of printable gratitude quotes… the perfect complement to your autumn decor!


Did you enjoy this post? Know someone else who might like it? Please take a moment to share on Pinterest, Facebook, or your favorite social media… (Click the sharing buttons at the top or bottom of the post.) Thank you!

background cozy messy bed with white overlay and dark text quotes to get you motivated

Quotes to Inspire a Fresh Start for Autumn black text on salmon background over image of open book and red maple leaf

4 thoughts on “25 Fresh Start Quotes: Inspiration for a New Beginning This Autumn”

  1. This one is my favorite: “They must change often, who would be constant in happiness.” I’ve found this to be so true in my life. Change invigorates me. Even just re-arranging the furniture in the living room gives me a lift. 🙂

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Scroll to Top