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New Year’s Sayings — By Tommy Purser

As I’ve said here before, I get my news and information from a wide variety of sources, eschewing cable news junk like Fox News, MSNBC, etc., and talking heads spewing distortions and out-and-out lies like Shawn Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Rush Limbaugh, etc. ad nauseum.
Recently, I ran across a list of New Year’s saying in, of all places, Good Housekeeping. Like I said, “variety of sources.”
Here are 50 New Year’s worth quotes following the names of those who coined them:
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.
Winston Churchill
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
Ellen Goodman
We spend January 1st 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.
Tony Robbins
Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.
Be so busy loving your life that you have no time for hate, regret or fear.
T.S. Eliot
For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice.
Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.
Steve Harvey
You are never too old to reinvent yourself.
William Shakespeare
It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.
William E. Vaughan
An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.
Rainer Maria Rilke
And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.
Vern McLellan
What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.
Sarah Ban Breathnach
Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing.
The beginning is the most important part of the work.
Tom Peters
Celebrate what you want to see more of.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
Nelson Mandela
It always seems impossible until it’s done.
Thomas Jefferson
I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
Oprah Winfrey
Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.
Martin Luther King
You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.
Nina Simone
It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life,
for me,
And I’m feeling good.
Melody Beattie
The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.
Neil Gaiman
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
Phil McGraw
A year from now, you’re gonna weigh more or less than what you do right now.
C.S. Lewis
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
John R. Dallas
Each year’s regret are envelopes in which messages of hope are found for the new year.
Maya Angelou
If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
James Agate
New Year’s Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provide this does not encourage them to take up more of my time.
Joan Rivers
Listen. I wish I could tell you it gets better. But, it doesn’t get better. You get better.
Anne Frank
What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t even happened yet.
Henry David Thoreau
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
C.S. Lewis
There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.
Camilla Eyring Kimball
You do not find the happy life. You make it.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Strength shows not only the ability to persist, but the ability to start over.
Criss Jami
As long as I am breathing, in my eyes, I am just beginning.
Eleanor Roosevelt
With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
Cavett Robert
Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.
Charles Kettering
Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas.
Brad Paisley
Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.
Benjamin Franklin
Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.
Charles Lamb
New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.
Auliq Ice
New beginnings are in order, and you are bound to feel some level of excitement as new chances come your way.
Alex Morritt
New year — a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours.
Bill Vaughan
Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle Age is when you’re forced to.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, “It will be happier.”
Helen Keller
Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
Abraham Lincoln
The best way to predict the future is to create it.

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