Many choose New Year's as the time to turn over a new leaf. Smokers vow to kick the foul habit. Some decide to change to a new and improved lifestyle. Habitual spendthrifts decide to mend their ways. And most people who enjoy eating unhealthy food latch on to the latest dieting fad. New Year's symbolizes the birth of hope and the renewal of life. Below are New Year's quotes from famous people-and others not quite so famous-that are inspirational enough to help you find your calling. You'll find many of the quotes to be uplifting, with a few tongue-in-cheek thoughts included in the mix.
Making a New Start
If you are supercharged about making a glorious new beginning this New Year's Eve or New Year's Day, it's a good time to consider creating your New Year's resolutions. Pick your favorite peeve and resolve to get rid of the bad stuff. Give up whining and take charge of your life. That's what the folks in this section recommend through their pithy sayings.
"New Year's Eve, where auld acquaintance be forgot. Unless, of course, those tests come back positive."
"Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us."
Edward Payson Powell:
"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 12months!"
Ringing in the New Year
Each new year is like a rebirth, a chance to begin again, or as Oprah Winfrey said, "a chance to get it right." Read these quotes and let yourself be inspired to be let go of the old and, essentially, start fresh, and begin a new life.
George William Curtis:
"The new year begins in a snow-storm of white vows."
"The merry year is born like the bright berry from the naked thorn."
"Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right."
"One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things."
As the new year begins, don't just look backward: Look ahead. Imagine what your life will be like 20 years from now, as the famous writer Mark Twain said. The choices you make in the new year may affect and direct the course of your life for years, or decades, to come.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
G. K. Chesterton:
"The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul."
"Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man."
Edith Lovejoy Pierce:
"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."
"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."