New Year's Quotes

It's Time for Some Soul-Searching End-of-Year Quotes

Friends celebrating New Years
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While the new year beckons us with many promises, don't forget to give the old year its due. Learn from past mistakes and carry the lessons of time with you. Here are some New Year's quotes that will help you close out the departing year and ring in all that may come in the new year. They will inspire you to celebrate each moment of life: yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Ben Affleck

Matt and I have set a date. Matt and I will tie the knot New Year's Day in the town of Swampscott, Massachusetts. Reserve your hotel rooms now. I will be having a gay marriage.

Michael Altshuler

The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.

Brooks Atkinson

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.


"Many people look forward to the New Year for a new start on old habits."

W.H. Auden

"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."

Henry Ward Beecher

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.

Hal Borland

"Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.


Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without

Hartley Coleridge

The merry year is born
Like the bright berry from the naked thorn.

John Dos Passos

"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?"

Charles Dickens, The Chimes

A new heart for a New Year, always!

Albert Einstein

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.

"I feel that you are justified in looking into the future with true assurance because you have a mode of living in which we find the joy of life and the joy of work harmoniously combined. Added to this is the spirit of ambition which pervades your very being, and seems to make the day's work like a happy child at play."

Benjamin Franklin

"Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.

Ellen Goodman

"Maybe this year we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives not looking for flaws, but looking for potential."

Max Lucado

Lower your expectations of earth. This isn’t heaven, so don’t expect it to be.

Vern McLellan

What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year.

Jay Leno

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

Thomas Mann 

"Time has no divisions to mark its passage. There is never a thunderstorm 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."

Claire MorganNew Years Eve
Some people swear there's no beauty left in the world, no magic. Then how do you explain the entire world coming together on one night to celebrate the hope of a new year?

Brad Paisley

"Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one."

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."

Neal Shusterman, Downsiders

People would cheer throw confetti and then go about breaking the resolutions they had made only moments before.

Mark Twain

"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."

"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."

Oprah Winfrey

"Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right."

Eric Zorn

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.