31 Quotes About January and What Makes It Unique

Updated on June 16, 2020
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The snowdrop is one of the official flowers of the month of January.
The snowdrop is one of the official flowers of the month of January. | Source

What's So Special About January?

Some individuals love January because they welcome the lull that follows the hectic holiday season. Others dislike the effort it takes to begin again, whether that means going back to work, going back to school, or simply starting a new calendar year. January comes around every year like a train on schedule—whether it makes us want to sigh with relief or get revved up for a fresh start, we'd better get on board before it leaves the station.

The following quotes showcase some of the features that are unique about the month of January, like its premier position on the calendar and the different reasons certain people like and dislike it. I hope you reflect on some, smile at a few, and adopt others for personal inspiration. Enjoy!

January excites some people and scares others. How do you feel about it?
January excites some people and scares others. How do you feel about it? | Source

About January First

1. "We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives . . . not looking for flaws, but for potential." ―Ellen Goodman

2. "I'll never understand why everybody puts so much emphasis on January first. There are three hundred and sixty-four other days in the year that you can make a change." ―Elizabeth Eulberg

3. "The first day of January always presents to my mind a train of very solemn and important reflections and a question more easily asked than answered frequently occurs viz: How have I improved the past year and with [what] good intentions do I view the dawn of its successor?" ―Charlotte Brontë

4. "I love beginnings. If I were in charge of calendars, every day would be January 1." ―Jerry Spinelli

5. "On the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take interest in the things that are and are to be, and not in the things that were and are past." ―Henry Ward Beecher

Do you start your New Year's resolutions right away on the first? or do you give yourself a one-day buffer to recover from the previous evening's festivities?
Do you start your New Year's resolutions right away on the first? or do you give yourself a one-day buffer to recover from the previous evening's festivities? | Source

About New Year's Resolutions

6. "I think it would be much more sensible if resolutions began generally on January the second." ―Helen Fielding

7. "January is always a good month for behavioral economics: Few things illustrate self-control as vividly as New Year's resolutions. February is even better, though, because it lets us study why so many of those resolutions are broken." ―Sendhil Mullainathan

8. "New Year's resolutions have always been something to beat myself up with by the second week of January. It seems perverse to set yourself up for failure right at the start of the year." ―Romesh Ranganathan

9. "Call it 'the New Year’s resolution effect'— it’s why gyms that were crowded in January are only half full in July and why so many slightly used guitars are available on Craigslist." ―Anders Ericsson

10. "No one's ever achieved financial fitness with a January resolution that's abandoned by February." ―Suze Orman

Does January make you feel like tying up loose ends or starting new projects?
Does January make you feel like tying up loose ends or starting new projects? | Source

About Fresh Starts

11. "New Year's Day. A fresh start. A new chapter waiting to be written." ―Sarah Ban Breathnach

12. "I like starting projects in January. That's the best time to start something. It's so inward." ―Carolyn Chute

13. "JANUARY,
The first month of the year,
A perfect time to start all over again,
Changing energies and deserting old moods,
New beginnings, new attitudes."
―Charmaine J. Forde

14. "Every man should be born again on the first of January. Start with a fresh page." ―Henry Ward Beecher

15. "We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day." ―Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Do you still enjoy spending time in the outdoors during the cold of January?
Do you still enjoy spending time in the outdoors during the cold of January? | Source

Insights About January

16. "January looks forward to the new year and back to the old year. He sees past and future." ―M.L. Stedman

17. "January is the calendar's ingrown hair." ―Stewart Stafford

18. "January was a two-faced month, jangling like jester’s bells, crackling like snow crust, pure as any beginning, grim as an old man, mysteriously familiar yet unknown, like a word one can almost but not quite define." ―Patricia Highsmith

19. "January? The month is dumb. It is fraudulent. It does not cleanse itself." ―Anne Sexton

20. "Married when the year is new,
He'll be loving, kind and true . . .
Married in January's roar and rime,
Widowed you'll be before your prime."
―New Zealand Proverb

21. "If I had my way, I would remove January from the calendar altogether and have an extra July instead." ―Roald Dahl

22. "January is the garbage can of movies in America, directly after all the Oscar contenders have been out." ―Michael Caine

23. "Feeling a little blue in January is normal." —Marilu Henner

24. "To read a poem in January is as lovely as to go for a walk in June." ―Jean Paul

25. "Let January open with joy in the Lord, and December close with gladness in Jesus." ―Charles H. Spurgeon

26. "Lots of people go mad in January. Not as many as in May, of course. Nor June. But January is your third most common month for madness." —Karen Joy Fowler

Do you find company in a good book when the cold of January tries to keep you inside?
Do you find company in a good book when the cold of January tries to keep you inside? | Source

About January Weather

27. "Like January weather,
The years will bite and smart,
And pull your bones together
To wrap your chattering heart."
―Dorothy Parker

28. "January brings the snow,
Makes our feet and fingers glow."
―Sara Coleridge

29. "Leaving any bookstore is hard . . . especially on a day in January, when the wind is blowing, the ice is treacherous, and the books inside seem to gather together in colorful warmth." ―Jane Smiley

30. "It is deep January. The sky is hard. The stalks are firmly rooted in ice." ―Wallace Stevens

31. "January is the coolest month of the year for most of the Caribbean. . . daytime highs are typically comfortably hot, while the nights remain warm." ―Liz Osborn

January Observances

According to holidays-and-observances.com, the following observances occur all month long every January. How many have you heard of?

  • Be Kind to Food Servers Month
  • Celebration of Life Month
  • Disease Awareness Month for Cervical Cancer (also Thyroid and Tuberous Sclerosis)
  • Eyecare Month
  • Get Organized Month
  • March of Dimes Birth Defects Prevention Month
  • National Clean Up Computer Month
  • National Soup Month
  • National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
  • Teen Driving Awareness Month

What is your attitude toward January?

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© 2019 Dora Weithers

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Yunus, getting older means being alive for another year. I know you think much of that, so you see, January means something good. Thanks for commenting.

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      Yunus 

      3 months ago

      Interesting and thought provoking. I never thought much of January except for getting older. Thank you for a good read.

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 months ago from The Caribbean

      Verlie, thanks very much for your concern. Puerto Rico is a few islands away so we did not feel the earthquake here, but of course, being in the same region, we keep watch. I appreciate you.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      6 months ago from Canada

      Thank you Dora. I just saw on the news you had a big earthquake today down your way. I was thinking about you. But I see you posted a few minutes ago. Happy to see you are well. Did you feel it? Scary.

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 months ago from The Caribbean

      Verlie, the Caribbean will welcome you. Hope you make it through this winter okay. It will soon pass.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      6 months ago from Canada

      Hi Dora, nice collection of quotes here for January. I can relate to Dorothy Parker's quote from where I'm sitting Brrr. I'd sure rather be in the Caribbean right now!

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Lora. I agree with you. What is really good about January is the opportunity of new beginnings.

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Denise. Yes, that's a good quote for both writers and readers. No matter the weather, we always have somewhere to go, as long as we have books.

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      Lora Hollings 

      6 months ago

      Yes, January is a time to reflect on the previous year and what we didn't do. And a chance to renew our aspirations with perhaps greater purpose and dedication. This is a wonderful article and serves as a great reminder, Ms Dora, about what is really good about January. We can all dedicate ourselves to being a bit better than we were the previous year. I especially love this quote, "Every man should be born again on the first of January. Start with a fresh page." ―Henry Ward Beecher.

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      Denise McGill 

      6 months ago from Fresno CA

      I love the bookstore quote. That's how I feel about books too. Good quotes and nice reminders.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Shaloo. A Happy New Year to you as well. See you around.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      7 months ago from India

      Enjoyed reading this quotes collection. January is so full of hope and promise. May your 2020 be a great one!

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 months ago from The Caribbean

      Nithya, Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to you as well. Pleased that you enjoy the quotes.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 months ago from Dubai

      A great selection of quotes about January. I enjoyed reading them, thank you for sharing. Wishing you a Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 months ago from The Caribbean

      Sure, Rachelle. Beginning again gives us a chance to erase the past which would detain us. I also love new beginnings.

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      Rachelle Williams 

      7 months ago from Tempe, AZ

      . "New Year's Day. A fresh start. A new chapter waiting to be written." ―Sarah Ban Breathnach

      I LOVE this one! That's also why I voted towards January being my favorite month, because I like being given the chance to begin again..

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 months ago from The Caribbean

      Alyssa, thanks for sharing. Glad that your husband's birthday redeems January for you. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours also!

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      Alyssa 

      7 months ago from Ohio

      What a wonderful collection of quotes! I don't mind January so much.. it's the bitter cold I don't appreciate. haha! I also find that the house seems a little empty after taking down all the holiday decorations. But January is my husband's birth month and we always look forward to celebrating that with some delicious cheesecake! :) Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 months ago from The Caribbean

      Kari, that's interesting. Thanks for sharing. Hoping that something good takes some of the blah out of January and February 2020.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      7 months ago from Ohio

      January is a blah month. I'm not big on January resolution's but I do enjoy hearing other's. To me January and February are months made to relax at home.

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      Dora Weithers 

      8 months ago from The Caribbean

      Liz, thanks for sharing. How I wish that your friend likes all the other months. It isn't cool looking forward to a month or anything else that one dislikes.

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      Liz Westwood 

      8 months ago from UK

      This is an inspirational set of quotes. Only yesterday a friend said how much she disliked January.

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      Dora Weithers 

      8 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Flourish. Do enjoy your special month with all your birthday activities. Hoe February this year is better than usual.

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      Dora Weithers 

      8 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks,Linda. Surprising that you don't like your birth month. Hope you enjoy your birthday.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      8 months ago from USA

      Several of my relatives were born in January, including my daughter, so it’s a special month to me. February is tough, however. I love the variety of your quotes both in content and people.

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      Linda Crampton 

      8 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for sharing some more interesting and thought-provoking quotes, Dora. The fourth option in your poll wasn't quite right for me. My birthday is in January, but I don't particularly like the month. I like your quotations about January, though!

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      Dora Weithers 

      8 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Audrey. The letting go and moving on appeals to me, and like you I'd do that nay time of year. Still, January lends itself to that.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      8 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I'm attracted to the possibility of "new" that accompanies January. A new year, a new beginning, a time to move on and let go of previous stuff...yep, I do get excited when January rolls around. Even though I use January to make changes I realize I can do this any time of the year.

      I'm saving these quotes...I love them!

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      Dora Weithers 

      8 months ago from The Caribbean

      Good for you, Devika. Seems like a really positive outlook. Happy Christmas and Happy New Year when January gets here.

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      Devika Primić 

      8 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      My thoughts on January is a great start for the year. I enjoy a new year and with a different attitude.

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      Dora Weithers 

      8 months ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, thanks for mentioning that. It is another unique feature of the month--remembering to write the date correctly.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I love that it is Celebration of Life Month....that is very cool!!!! January is just another month for me. The only problem that arises with January is remembering to write 2020 instead of 2019. :(

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      Dora Weithers 

      8 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Manatita. Great having you around to share your wise insights.

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      manatita44 

      8 months ago from london

      You are starting early Dee.

      I rather like the idea that some see it as a new start … a new beginning. It is of equal value that every day is, but like Christmas, we do ride on the crest of goodwill and a new lift. Another virgin dawn, as I tend to describe these things. All Kudos to you, Dee. Let us look forward to a visionary tomorrow.

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      Dora Weithers 

      8 months ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, do what works for you. Thanks for being yourself. We learn much from you.

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      Dora Weithers 

      8 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Bill. You chose a good quote. Thanks for underscoring the message of not giving up too soon. It's good for all areas of our lives.

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      Dora Weithers 

      8 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Pam. I can relate to the seeming swiftness of time as we age. We realize that with every Christmas, we get nearer to the end of our years. Let's enjoy them no matter how fast they come.

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      Dora Weithers 

      8 months ago from The Caribbean

      You're welcome, Rajan. I also like the quote you selected. It is very meaningful for those of us who appreciate that God is in control.

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      Dora Weithers 

      8 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Layne. I appreciate your kind comment.

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      Dora Weithers 

      8 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Lori. " I just like the sense of newness." I like that and I share your perspective.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you here. I basically do not do calendars anymore. I miss birthdays -- this year my own. I will think about the notion of January thanks to you. I think that is good.

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      William Kovacic 

      8 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      What's there not to like about January? Number 10 stood out to me. Not so much the financial part but the idea of not giving up too soon. It will soon be here, whether we look forward to it not. thanks for getting us ready, Dora!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 months ago from Sunny Florida

      It seems like the older I get the faster the days go, but January does put an end to the hectic holidays. I enjoyed the quotes in your article. I don't make resolutions that I won/t keep, but many people do to try for a new start.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      I like the quote about January by Charles H. Spurgeon the most. Thanking the Lord for the year going out and the new year day opening with a prayer for a fulfilling year. Wonderful quotes. Thanks for sharing.

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      Layne Holmes 

      8 months ago from Bend, Oregon

      You have some excellent quotes here and some great variety as well!

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      Lori Colbo 

      8 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      I like January for two reasons: The end of the hectic holiday season, and the sense of a new start, fresh year ahead. It's like opening up a new full notebook of clean pages. I don't do resolutions or turn over a new leaf in January. I just like the sense of newness. This is compounded when the previous year was full of adversity.

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