January is named after the Roman god Janus, who was always shown as having two heads. He looked back to the last year and forward to the new one. 
For a long period of European history, the start of the New Year occurred in March.

What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year. 
– Vern McLellan

Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing.
Sarah Ban Breathnach

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

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
– C.S. Lewis

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
– Thomas Jefferson

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson