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New Year Quotes

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Difference between youth and middle age
Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve.  Middle age is when you’re forced to. ~Bill Vaughn

Optimist vs. Pessimist
An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in.  A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.  ~Bill Vaughan

Habits
Many people look forward to the New Year for a new start on old habits.  ~Anonymous

Truth about resolutions
A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.  ~Anonymous

The “how-to” of a better life
Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man.  ~Benjamin Franklin

Every man’s birthday
New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.  ~Charles Lamb

When resolution becomes duty
Never tell your resolution before hand, or it’s twice as onerous a duty.  ~John Selden

Going on
Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.  ~Hal Borland

Cheers and chance
Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right.  ~Oprah Winfrey

Decorum
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.  ~P.J. O’Rourke

Born again
Every man should be born again on the first day of January.  Start with a fresh page.  Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past.  ~Henry Ward Beecher

Just a week
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. ~Mark Twain

Vows and wows
The New Year begins in a snow-storm of white vows.  ~George William Curtis

You are the author
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

Worry
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.  ~Author Unknown

Move on
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.  ~Brooks Atkinson

Resolutions and bank checks
Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.  ~Oscar Wilde

New Vs. Old
A new oath holds pretty well; but... when it is become old, and frayed out, and damaged by a dozen annual retryings of its remains, it ceases to be serviceable; any little strain will snap it.  ~Mark Twain, speech in New York City, March 31, 1885

Age bar?
But can one still make resolutions when one is over forty?  I live according to twenty-year-old habits.  ~Andre Gide

One is enough
One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this:  To rise above the little things. ~John Burroughs

Music
Of all sound of all bells... most solemn and touching is the peal which rings out the Old Year.  ~Charles Lamb

Regrets
It wouldn’t be New Year’s if I didn’t have regrets.  ~William Thomas

The rooms to look for
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.  ~Ellen Goodman

The life of troubles
May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions.  ~Joey Adams

Thinking
I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the year’s.  ~Henry Moore

Only human
Time has no divisions to mark its passage; there is never a thunder-storm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year.  Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols.  ~Thomas Mann

Too much
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. ~Anaïs Nin

But why?
Why won’t they let a year die without bringing in a new one on the instant, can’t they use birth control on time?  I want an interregnum.  The stupid years patter on with unrelenting feet, never stopping — rising to little monotonous peaks in our imaginations  at festivals like New Year’s and Easter and Christmas — But, goodness, why need they do it?  ~John Dos Passos, 1917