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quotes for the new year

The start of the New Year is the first chapter of a fresh start. It’s the chance to reflect on the past 365 days while also setting goals to propel you towards success. Maybe in the past year you made an advancement in your career, progress on your health, or met the love of your life—whatever it may be, now’s the time to cherish the memories you made, and think about what could make the next year even better.

To honor the new year and inspire your New Year’s resolution, we’ve pulled together New Years quotes for the year ahead! Simply select a filter from the options below, from funny to witty, to find the encouraging New Years quote that best suits you. Then, once you come up with the perfect saying, Tweet it or personalize your own New Year's cards so you can wish all of your loved ones a Happy New Year!

125 New Year's Quotes

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Your friendship is a sweet pear, Through the year; and each New Year.

— Unknown

Friend, neighbor, confidante: you have improved my life so much that, as we enter a new year, I wish for you all the love you have shown me. Happy New Year.

— Unknown

Dear New Year, Please let me, my family, my colleagues, my clients and my friends be just happy in this time.

— Unknown

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.

— Unknown

Let the new year be an entirely fresh start towards achieving all our goals. Let's kick start and era of excellence!

— Unknown

I resolve to stop wasting my resolutions on myself and use them to repay you for the warmth you’ve shown me. Happy New Year, my love.

— Unknown

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

— Unknown

Youth is when you are allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve. Middle age is when you are forced to.

— Bill Vaughan

First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald

Sometimes too much to drink is barely enough.

— Mark Twain

I would say 'Happy New Year,' but it's not happy; it's exactly the same as last year except colder.

— Robert Clark

The proper behavior all through the holiday season is to be drunk. The drunkenness culminates on New Year's Eve, when you get so drunk you kiss the person you're married to.

— P. J. O'Rourke

If you want an interesting party sometime, combine cocktails and a fresh box of crayons for everyone.

— Robert Fulghum

May the New Year bring you courage to break your resolutions early! My own plan is to swear off every kind of virtue, so that I triumph even when I fall!

— Aleister Crowley

Many years ago I resolved never to bother with New Year’s resolutions, and I've stuck with it ever since.

— Dave Beard

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

— Jay Leno

Now there are more overweight people in America than average-weight people. So overweight people are now average, which means you've already met your New Year's resolution.

— Jay Leno

My New Year's Resolution List usually starts with the desire to lose between ten and three thousand pounds.

— Nia Vardalos

He who breaks a resolution is a weakling; He who makes one is a fool.

— F.M. Knowles

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

— Bill Vaughn

New Year's Day is every man's birthday.

— Charles Lamb

I haven’t failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.

— Thomas Edison

Like age, a new year is just a number.

— Terri Guillemets

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

— Unknown

May all your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions!

— Joey Adams

The best is yet to come.

— Unknown

Out with the old, in with the new: may you be happy the whole year through. Happy New Year!

— Unknown

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.

— Abraham Lincoln

The best way to predict the future is to create it.

— Abraham Lincoln

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

— Albert Einstein

Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, 'It will be happier.'

— Alfred Lord Tennyson

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

— Anne Frank

Let the brand New Year discovers you fresher, happier, healthier, more joyful, more cheerful and more satisfied. Here is wishing you a Happy New Year.

— Unknown

Lets ring this new year with only good things wish you a happy new year.

— Unknown

Every decision starts with the decision to try.

— Unknown

Forget all of the reasons why it won't work and believe the one reason why it will!

— Unknown

Change your thoughts. You'll change the world.

— Unknown

The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.

— Ben Stein

Believe in yourself and all that you are. Known that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.

— Christian D. Larson

Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.

— George Sheehan

Every man regards his own life as the New Year’s Eve of time.

— Jean Paul Richter

The love at Christmas should be with us throughout the coming year.

— Lailah Gifty Akita

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.

— Lao Tzu

You must be the change you want to see in the world.

— M.K. Gandhi

No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

— Maya Angelou

When people show you who they are, believe them.

— Maya Angelou

The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.

— Melody Beattie

There are greater things to be achieved in every New Year, and each and everyone must prepare themselves to be great, not by words of the mouth, but by a lot of sacrifices.

— Michael Bassey Johnson

Approach the New Year with resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day.

— Michael Josephson

And now we welcome the New Year, full of things that have never been.

— Rainer Maria Rilke

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.

— Taylor Swift

The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.

— Thomas Jefferson

The great miraculous bell of translucent ice is suspended in mid-air. It rings to announce endings and beginnings. And it rings because there is fresh promise and wonder in the skies.

— Vera Nazarian

Wishing you a Happy New Year with the hope that you will have many blessings in the year to come.

— Unknown

There's nothing you can't do!

— Unknown

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

— Benjamin Franklin

New Year’s most glorious light is sweet hope.

— Mehmet Murat ildan

Think big and don't listen to people who tell you it can't be done. Life’s too short to think small.

— Tim Ferriss

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.

— Brooks Atkinson

Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.

— Unknown

Believe you can and you're halfway there.

— Unknown

For a new year to bring you something new, make a move, like a butterfly tearing its cocoon! Make a move!

— Mehmet Murat Ildan

Make New Year's goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year. This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you're interested in fully living life in the year to come.

— Melody Beattie

It isn't only a new year, it is a new chance for everyone to restart.

— Mohammed Sekouty

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.

— Mother Teresa

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something.

— Neil Gaiman

Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.

— Helen Keller

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

— Aristotle

One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: to rise above the little things.

— Unknown

Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress.

— Charles Kettering

I shall stick to my resolution of writing always what I think no matter whom it offends.

— Julia Ward Howe

Forget what we became, what matters is what we've become, and our potentials to overcome.

— Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel

Shovel today's challenges for your tomorrow's freedom.

— Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel

For eleven months and maybe about twenty days each year, we concentrate upon the shortcomings of others, but for a few days at the turn of New Year we look at our own. It is a good habit.

— Arthur H. Sulzberger

The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.

— Unknown

For last year's words belong to last year's language. And next year's words await another voice.

— Unknown

You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.

— Unknown

The secret for success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.

— Benjamin Disraeli

It doesn't matter where you came from. All that matters is where you are going.

— Brian Tracy

A clear vision, backed by definite plans, gives you a tremendous feeling of confidence and personal power.

— Brian Tracy

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

— C.S. Lewis

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

— George Eliot

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

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

— Harriet Beecher Stowe

I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

— Henry David Thoreau

Let us make our future now and let us make today’s dreams tomorrow’s reality.

— Malala Yousafzai

Follow your passions, believe in karma, and you won't have to chase your dreams; they will come to you.

— Randy Pausch

Your time is limited so don't waste it living someone else’s life.

— Steve Jobs

Hope and faith flower from the cheerful seeds of the old year to the sprouting garden of the news year's dawn.

— Terri Guillemets

Celebrate what you want to see more of.

— Tom Peters

Follow your passions, believe in karma, and you won't have to chase your dreams; they will come to you.

— Unknown

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

— Oprah Winfrey

Yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it — you can either run from it or learn from it.

— Rafiki

There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.

— Ronald Reagan

Each age has deemed the new-born year the fittest time for festal cheer.

— Sir Walter Scott

All of us every single year, we're a different person. I don't think we're the same person all our lives.

— Steven Spielberg

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

— Walt Disney

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

— Brad Paisley

Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.

— Cavett Robert

If you asked me for my New Year Resolution, it would be to find out who I am.

— Cyril Cusack

My New Year's resolution is to stick to a good workout plan that will keep me healthy and happy.

— James Lafferty

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

— John Selden

Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.

— Oscar Wilde

Ring out the false, ring in the true.

— Alfred Lord Tennyson

No one knows the future, yet we can't stop guessing while expecting of only the good, and not the bad or even both.

— Auliq Ice

Resolve to grow if not fast then slow. Never think to quite, struggle till the last bit. Happy New Year.

— Unknown

A new year is unfolding — like a blossom with petals curled tightly concealing the beauty within.

— Unknown

To have the kind of year you want to have, something has to happen that you can't explain why it happened. Something has to happen that you can't coach.

— Bobby Bowden

You can develop any habit or thought or behavior that you consider desirable or necessary.

— Brian Tracy

The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.

— Chinese Proverb

Any new beginning is forged from the shards of the past, not from the abandonment of the past.

— Craig D. Lounsbrough

Time is the school in which we learn, time is the fire in which we burn.

— Delmore Schwartz

If you want the rainbow, you've got to put up with the rain.

— Dolly Parton

We become what we think about.

— Earl Nightingale

Waste no tears over the grieves of yesterday.

— Euripides

Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear.

— George Addair

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

— Hartley Coleridge

Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right.

— Henry Ford

I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the year’s.

— Henry Moore

We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise, we harden.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We meet today. To thank Thee for the era done, And Thee for the opening one.

— John Greenleaf Whittier

Each year’s regrets are envelopes in which messages of hope are found for the New Year.

— John R. Dallas

The only place where success come before work is in the dictionary.

— Vidal Sassoon

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

The new year begins in a snow-storm of white vows.

— George William Curtis

Celebrate endings—for they precede new beginnings.

— Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

— Vern McLellan

Each age has deemed the new-born year the fittest time for festal cheer.

— Walter Scott

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

New Year's Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time.

— James Agate

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