It’s that time again! The world has welcomed in 2017 and we all have high hopes for this New Year. At least the optimists among us have high hopes. What do you hope to achieve this year? What can you do better in 2017?

Do you need a little inspiration? Hmmm? I thought you might, so I decided to share some quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)  American essayist, lecturer, poet, and an inspirational speaker long before it became fashionable.

Here are a few of my favourites. For more, click here.

♣ Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

♣ What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.

♣ Shallow people believe in luck. Strong people believe in cause and effect.

♣ To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

♣ Science does not know its debt to imagination.

Many thanks to Darius Soodmand for the use of his photograph… darius.soodmand@gmail.com Site: http://www.dariussoodmand.com/

♣ Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.

♣ You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
♣ All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.

♣ Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
♣ Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.

♣ Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.

Many thanks to Kalen Emsley for the use of this photograph.


♣ We aim above the mark to hit the mark.
♣ Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

♣ Every artist was first an amateur.

♣ People only see what they are prepared to see. 

♣ Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.
♣ We are wiser than we know.

♣ No one can cheat you out of ultimate success but yourself.

♣ Self-trust is the first secret to success.

♣ Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel.


A lot of the above quotes may sound familiar yet they were written more than one hundred years ago! There’s a saying we have in English “There’s nothing new under the sun”. People have always wanted to be successful and the formula hasn’t changed at all, has it?

I hope you have a wonderful 2017 full of fun and adventures and I wish you continued success in your English studies.


This entry was posted in Advanced (Level 6+), Intermediate (Level 4), Pre-Intermediate (Level 3), Reading, Upper Intermediate (Level 5) and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

  1. Olivia says:

    Fantastic post Mary! Loved the quotes!


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