New Year’s Quotes

Time to ring out the old and ring in the new!


“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

“A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.” - Author Unknown

“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

“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.” - Benjamin Franklin

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

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

“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

“Each age has deemed the new-born year the fittest time for festal cheer.” - Walter Scott

“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

“Every man regards his own life as the New Year’s Eve of time.” - Jean Paul Richter

“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

“From New Year’s on the outlook brightens; good humor lost in a mood of failure returns. I resolve to stop complaining.” - Leonard Bernstein

“Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.” - Oscar Wilde

“He who breaks a resolution is a weakling. He who makes one is a fool.” - F.M. Knowles

“I do think New Year’s resolutions can’t technically be expected to begin on New Year’s Day, don’t you? Since, because it’s an extension of New Year’s Eve, smokers are already on a smoking roll and cannot be expected to stop abruptly on the stroke of midnight with so much nicotine in the system. Also dieting on New Year’s Day isn’t a good idea as you can’t eat rationally but really need to be free to consume whatever is necessary, moment by moment, in order to ease your hangover. I think it would be much more sensible if resolutions began generally on January the second.” - Helen Fielding

“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.” - Anais Nin

“I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the year’s.” - Henry Moore

“It wouldn’t be New Year’s if I didn’t have regrets.” - William Thomas

“Life in 2013: Living Happily Ever Laughter!” - the Joe-kster

“Many people look forward to the new year for a new start on old habits.” - Author Unknown

“Many years ago I resolved never to bother with New Year’s resolutions, and I’ve stuck with it ever since.” - Dave Beard

“May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions!” - Joey Adams

“Never tell your resolution beforehand, or it’s twice as onerous a duty.” - John Selden

“New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.” - Charles Lamb

“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

“New Year’s Eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights.” - Hamilton Wright Mabie

“New Year’s Eve, where auld acquaintance be forgot. Unless, of course, those tests come back positive.” - Jay Leno

“New Year’s is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls and humbug resolutions.” - Mark Twain

“New Year’s Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time.” - James Agate

“No one ever regarded the First of January with indifference. It is that from which all date their time, and count upon what is left. It is the nativity of our common Adam.” - Charles Lamb

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

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

“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

“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.” - Lord Alfred Tennyson

“The merry year is born, like the bright berry from the naked thorn.” - Hartley Coleridge

“The New Year begins in a snow-storm of white vows.” - George William Curtis

“The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul.” - G. K. Chesterton

“The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months!” - Edward Payson Powell

“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

“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

“We meet today
To thank Thee for the era done,
And Thee for the opening one.” - John Greenleaf Whittier

“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

“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

“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

“Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink and swore his last oath. Today, we are a pious and exemplary community. Thirty days from now, we shall have cast our reformation to the winds and gone to cutting our ancient shortcomings considerably shorter than ever.” - Mark Twain

“Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to.” - Bill Vaughan



Will your troubles last as long as your
New Year’s Resolutions?

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New Year's Day is every man's birthday. - Charles Lamb

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

When I go I'll take New Year's Eve with me. - Guy Lombardo

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

It wouldn't be New Year's if I didn't have regrets. - William Thomas

I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the year's. - Henry Moore

Every man regards his own life as the New Year’s Eve of time. - Jean Paul Richter

He who breaks a resolution is a weakling. He who makes one is a fool. - F.M. Knowles

And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been. - Rainer M. Rilke

May all your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions! - Joey Adams

Many people look forward to the new year for a new start on old habits. - Unknown

Your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing. - Abraham Lincoln

Never tell your resolution beforehand, or it's twice as onerous a duty. - John Selden

A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other. - Unknown

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

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

The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul. - G K Chesterton

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

New Year's Eve, where auld acquaintance be forgot. Unless, of course, those tests come back positive. - Jay Leno

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

Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve. Middle age is when you're forced to. - Bill Vaughan

Many years ago I resolved never to bother with New Year's resolutions, and I've stuck with it ever since. - Dave Beard

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

An individual starts off by facing his problem with resolution, but a convention saves the resolution for the end. - Unknown

From New Year's on the outlook brightens; good humor lost in a mood of failure returns. I resolve to stop complaining. - Leonard Bernstein

New Year's Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time. - James Agate

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


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