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. by Anaïs
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? by John Dos
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. by Mark Twain
Every man regards his own life as the New Year's Eve of time.
by Jean Paul Richter
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. by W.H.
May all your troubles last as long as
your New Year's resolutions. ~Joey Adams
He who breaks a resolution is a weakling;
He who makes one is a fool.
The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new
year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose;
new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a
particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no
resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he
will certainly do nothing effective. ~G.K.
I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the year's.
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.
One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is
this: To rise above the little things. ~John Burroughs
Of all sound of all bells... most
solemn and touching is the peal which rings out the Old
Year. ~Charles Lamb
Year's Eve, where auld acquaintance be forgot. Unless, of
course, those tests come back positive. ~Jay Leno
We meet today
To thank Thee for the era done,
And Thee for the opening one.
~John Greenleaf Whittier
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.
It wouldn't be New Year's if I didn't have regrets.
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
are simply checks that men draw on a bank
where they have no account. ~Oscar Wilde
Glory to God in highest heaven,
Who unto man His Son hath given;
While angels sing with tender mirth,
A glad new year to all the earth.
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
But can one still make resolutions when one is over
forty? I live according to twenty-year-old habits.
When then is lost, as time is by,
we look upon the yearly wine
to see our substance in the lees.
Did tribe and purse most pleasing leave?
To look for clear and faithful sense,
that gives a bodied stance bouquet,
then see the vat at mirror's face
and find in it, the yearly pace.
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