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As the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year of 2016 finally draws to a close, here are some inspiring and funny quotes to ramp up your optimism that 2017 will be a little less punishing and a little more wonderful.

This moment from Hillary Clinton's concession speech

Source: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Source: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

And to all of the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.

Author Neil Gaiman's 2011 New Year's wish:

Source: Eric Charbonneau/AP
Source: Eric Charbonneau/AP

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.

So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.

Benjamin Franklin on self-improvement:

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.

A Prince quote about bravery:

PrinceSource: Bertrand Guay/Getty Images
Prince  Bertrand Guay/Getty Images

There are no accidents. And if there are, it's up to us to look at them as something else. And that bravery is what creates new flowers.

This quote from Kurt Vonnegut's The Sirens of Titan on the least we all can do

A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.


And last but not least, we would be remiss to not include this gem:

John Oliver's explosive goodbye to 2016 on Last Week Tonight:

John Oliver, standing in front of a burning 2016 on 'Last Week Tonight'Source: Last Week Tonight/YouTube
John Oliver, standing in front of a burning 2016 on 'Last Week Tonight'  Last Week Tonight/YouTube

Fuck you, 2016.

For more new year inspiration, check out these empowering quotes — or pretty much anything Beyoncé has ever said.