27 Best Motivational Dry January Quotes

For some people, Dry January is a fun challenge to start the year after the excesses of Christmas and New Year celebrations, for others it's a way to satiate their curiousity when it comes to being sober, and leads to a more lasting change. Whichever camp you fall into, we've put together some motivational quotes to help you over the Dry January finish line! 

The top of a red painted ladder reaching into the sky with a hand on it, symbolising a challenge.

Rising to the challenge

It can seem like a tough ladder to climb, but taking things step-by-step can really help when it comes to Dry January motivation.

1. January is my favourite month, when the light is plainest, least coloured. And I like the feeling of beginnings. - Anne Truitt

2. Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful - Joshua J. Marine

3. The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones - Confucius

4. The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph - unknown

5. Happiness is not ready-made, it comes from your own actions - Dalai Lama

6. You have within you right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you. - Brian Tracy

7. Energy and persistence conquer all things - Benjamin Franklin

8. Once you face your fear, nothing is ever as hard as you think - Olivia Newton-John

9. You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream - CS Lewis

A red carpet and rope barrier

Celebrity inspiration

Sometimes knowing you're not alone in your experience makes the biggest difference, Here are some words from some familiar faces about challenges, and their own sobriety. 

10. I did Dry January. I gave up alcohol for a month and it was great - Bradley Cooper

11. I’ve had to take a break from drinking because my weekend binges were getting a little out of control, and I was starting to feel like I needed a drink to have fun - Emma Watson

12. I find that Dry January helps me to be more mindful of my alcohol consumption throughout the year - Dwayne Johnson

13. I stopped drinking and it changed my life. It got me out of a rut. - Russell Brand

14. I am more successful than I have ever been. I feel very positive where I never did before, and I think that’s all a direct result of getting sober. - Jamie Lee Curtis

15. I decided that the single most subversive, revolutionary thing I could do was to show up for my life and not be ashamed - Anne Lamott

16. One of my favourite things I learnt recently is that the expression ‘a leopard doesn’t change its spots’ is completely false: that a leopard actually does change its spots. That was something I kind of clung to; the idea that I could make this huge fundamental change in who I was and how I went about my life. - Kit Harrington

A woman facing away from the camera with arms raised in triumph, towards a sunset

Ending January strong

Even if you started out January taking part and didn't continue - there's still time to pick yourself up and dust yourself off.

17. If January is the month of change, February is the month of lasting change. Marc Parent

18. The best time for new beginnings is now. - Unknown

19. Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today - Will Rogers

20. We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes - understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success. - Ariana Huffington

21. If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one. - Dolly Parton

22. Success is not the absence of failure; it’s the persistence through failure - Aisha Tyler

23. The road to success is always under construction - Lily Tomlin

24. You are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future - Steve Maraboli

25. The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall - Nelson Mandela

26. The only one who can tell you ‘you can’t win’ is you, and you don’t have to listen. - Jessica Ennis-Hill

27. It is often the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the most lasting change. - Queen Elizabeth II

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Posted on December 25th 2022

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