Lesson 2: Inspirational Quotes for the New Year



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


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


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



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.
~ Edgar Guest



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


Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do. ~ Pope John XXIII


Never look back unless you are planning to go that way. No man is rich enough to buy back his past. ~Oscar Wilde


One problem with gazing too frequently into the past is that we may turn around to find the future has run out on us. ~Michael Cibenko


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. Chesterton

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!
~William Arthur Ward

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. ~ Winston Churchill

You can’t have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time. ~Charles F. Kettering

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

Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream. ~Kahlil Gibran

Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday. ~John Wayne


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

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. Chesterton


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


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


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

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



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.
~ Martin Luther







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