Today’s Quotes: The New Year

“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.

“New Year’s Day is [everyone’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

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

“Making resolutions is a cleansing ritual of self-assessment and repentance that demands personal honesty and, ultimately, reinforces humility. Breaking them is part of the cycle.”
— Eric Zorn

“You’re lucky if you are graced with good resolutions and a bad memory.”
— Elvin Morganfield

“If our celebration of the New Year made any sense, it would start in spring when the flowers begin blooming and warm breezes return to the air, and our calendars would have months with an equal number of days in them. But, since we are stuck crazily celebrating New Year’s Eve in the dead of winter, on the 31st day of a month that was preceded by a month with only 30 days, let’s make the most of our insanity, cut loose and enjoy ourselves!”
— Argyle Sachs

“People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about is what they eat between the New Year and Christmas.”
— Author Unknown

“Your Merry Christmas may depend on what others do for you. But your Happy New Year depends on what you do for others.”
— Author Unknown

“Many celebrate the coming of the New Year with an open bottle and warm wishes, but how many maintain an open mind and a warm heart throughout the New Year? The difference is the difference between advancing forward and retreating backwards.”
— Maryellen Mattea

“Year, n: A period of three hundred and sixty-five disappointments.”
— Ambrose Bierce, “The Devil’s Dictionary.”

“Life is like getting dropped off in the middle of the woods and then, year by year, gradually making your way home.”
— April Foiles

“The only way to spend New Year’s Eve is either quietly with friends or in a brothel. Otherwise when the evening ends and people pair off, someone is bound to be left in tears.”
— W.H. Auden

“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

“To add to the glad tidings of New Year’s Day,
there is not much more one can say,
but to stop existing in the same old way,
and to start living life
as if there isn’t hell to pay.”
— Arris Jaye

“If all the year were playing holidays, to sport would be as tedious as to work.”
— William Shakespeare

“Another New Year and another chance to get joyously one year older and giddily deeper in debt.”
— Francis Albert Skinnatra

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”
— Oprah Winfrey

“And a Happy New Year to you – in jail!”
— Old Man Potter in Frank Capra’s “It’s A Wonderful Life.”