New Year Quotes, Sayings and Wishes

The New Year is the day that marks the beginning of a new calendar year, and is the day on which the year count of the specific calendar used is incremented. In many cultures, the event is celebrated in some manner.

The New Year of the Gregorian calendar, today in worldwide use, falls on 1 January, continuing the practice of the Roman calendar. There are numerous calendars that remain in regional use that calculate the New Year individually.

New Year Quotes and Sayings:

Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to. ~Bill Vaughn

“Here’s to the bright New Year, and a fond farewell to the old; here’s to the things that are yet to come, and to the memories that we hold.”
— Anonymous

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

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. ~Bill Vaughan

Many people look forward to the new year for a new start on old habits. ~Author Unknown

A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other. ~Author Unknown

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

By Benjamin Franklin

“New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.”

By Charles Lamb
“No one ever regarded the First of January with indifference. It is that from which all date their time, and count upon what is left. It is the nativity of our common Adam.”

By Charles Lamb

“Never tell your resolution beforehand, or it’s twice as onerous a duty.”

By John Selden

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

By Hartley Coleridge

“And ye, who have met with Adversity’s blast,
And been bow’d to the earth by its fury;
To whom the Twelve Months, that have recently pass’d
Were as harsh as a prejudiced jury –
Still, fill to the Future! and join in our chime,
The regrets of remembrance to cozen,
And having obtained a New Trial of Time,
Shout in hopes of a kindlier dozen.”

By Thomas Hood

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

By Hal Borland

“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.”

By T.S. Eliot, “Little Gidding”

“New Year’s eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights.”

By Hamilton Wright Mabie

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

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

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

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. ~Henry Ward Beecher

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

The new year begins in a snow-storm of white vows. ~George William Curtis

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, “Little Gidding”

New Year Wishes:

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

In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, never in want.
– Irish toast

He who breaks a resolution is a weakling; He who makes one is a fool.
– F. M. Knowles, A Cheerful Year Book

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown. And he replied: Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light, and safer than a known way.
– Minnie L. Haskins

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

Of all sound of all bells, the most solemn and touching is the peal which rings out the Old Year.
– Charles Lamb

We meet today
To thank Thee for the era done,
And Thee for the opening one
– John Greenleaf Whittier

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

Then sing, young hearts that are full of cheer,
With never a thought of sorrow;
The old goes out, but the glad young year
Comes merrily in tomorrow
– Emily Miller

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

Each age has deemed the new born year
The fittest time for festal cheer
– Walter Scott

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man.
– Benjamin Franklin

This bright New Year is given to me to live each day with zest, to daily grow and try to be my highest and my best!
– William Arthur Ward

And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.
– Movie: “When Harry Met Sally”, Harry Burns

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

Resolve to make at least one person happy every day, and then in ten years you may have made three thousand, six hundred and fifty persons happy, or brightened a small town by your contribution to the fund of general enjoyment.
– Sydney Smith

Certain corpuscles, denominated Christmas Books, with the ostensible intention of swelling the tide of exhilaration, or other expansive emotions, incident upon the exodus of the old and the inauguration of the New Year.
– William Makepeace Thackeray

What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That’s not been said a thousand times?
The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.
We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.
We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.
We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our prides, we sheet our dead.
We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that’s the burden of a year.
– Ella Wheeler Wilcox