20 inspirational quotes to lift your mood on Blue Monday

If you're feeling a little down, then it's to be expected.

If you're feeling a little down, then it's to be expected.

The third Monday in January is considered the gloomiest day of the year when the winter weather, money woes and memories of Christmas all combine in one big reality reminder.

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Known as Blue Monday, whether or not it is more depressing than any other day of the year remains scientifically unproven but is still widely accepted as so by the British public.

Its origins appear to stem from a 2005 press release sent out by the now defunct holiday company Sky Travel, who claimed to have used an equation to calculate the date.

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    Either way, staying positive on this day can be tough, so if you're in need of a little lift then the wise words of others can often provide some comfort to help get you through.

    Here's 20 quotes to help you through the day.

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    Martin Luther King Jr.

    “We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.”

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    Paulo Coelho

    "When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place."

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    Eckhart Tolle

    “Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.”

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    Dolly Parton

    “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”

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    Rocky

    “Life is not about how hard a hit you can give…it’s about how many you can take and still keep moving forward.”

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    Socrates

    "The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less."

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    Oprah Winfrey

    "Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough."

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    Barbara Kingsolver

    “The changes we dread most may contain our salvation.”

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    Anne Frank

    “The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely, or unhappy is to go outside.”

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    Paul McCartney

    “And when the night is cloudy, there is still a light that shines on me. Shinin' until tomorrow, let it be.”

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    John Lennon

    “When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

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    Roy T. Bennett

    “Do not set aside your happiness. Do not wait to be happy in the future. The best time to be happy is right now.”

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    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    “For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”

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    Rita Mae Brown

    “One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.”

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    Andrew Carnegie

    “If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.”

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    Jane John-Nwankwo

    “Success means being happy with who you are and bringing happiness to those around you.”

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    Marianne Williamson

    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us."

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    Wayne Gretzky

    "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."

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    Eric Taylor

    "Listen to me, I said you need to strive to be better than anyone else. I didn't say you needed to be better than everyone else. But you've gotta try. That's what character is - it's in the trying."

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    Carrie Jones

    “The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage.”