For the New Year I thought instead of offering up resolutions I would find some New Year quotes. Hope you enjoy!
Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.
Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1850
For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
T.S. Eliot, “Little Gidding”
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
A happy New Year! Grant that I
May bring no tear to any eye
When this New Year in time shall end
Let it be said I’ve played the friend,
Have lived and loved and labored here,
And made of it a happy year.
We spend January 1 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.
New Year’s Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.
Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.
But can one still make resolutions when one is over forty? I live according to twenty-year-old habits.
One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things.
May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions.
He who breaks a resolution is a weakling;
He who makes one is a fool.
I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the year’s.
I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me.
New Year’s Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time.
New year, same goal.
The proper behavior all through the holiday season is to be drunk. This drunkenness culminates on New Year’s Eve, when you get so drunk you kiss the person you’re married to.
People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas.
Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.
Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to.
An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.