Inspirational New Year Quotes

Inspirational new year quote by Oprah Winfrey
New years are always about bringing in the new and disposing off the old. And what better way of doing so than with the help of some inspirational quotes for the new year? True as it is, that it is more the soul that needs a recycled fresh start, for the common man it has got to do more with getting rid of cobwebs. Find out here what great intellects in history have said about the new year in this list of inspirational new year quotes.
"Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

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!

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!
" ~ William Arthur Ward.

Cheerful and brimming with hope, Ward's poesy just accentuates the quintessential joyous emotions that are spelled out with every new year day. Everyone is happy as the new year brings out a tide of fresh air and a lease of a fresh new start, in a rather undocumented way. It's always a fresh new chapter. But every renewed start always requires some motivation and some inspirational new year quotes to make that crossing the threshold a little more pleasant and a little less apprehensive. Here I give you some of the best new year quotes, that not only aid the crossover, but also initiate some retrospective inspection of the time and behavior gone by.

Inspirational Quotes About the New Year

Inspirational new year quotes give people insight as to how the humanity should reign in the coming year rather than preaching. It is more about attaining harmony with one's self and society at large, rather than seeking to establish perfection. These famous quotes do help people see how the world could be made a better place to live in.

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

"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

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

"Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right." ~ 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." ~ Hal Borland

"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." ~ Mark Twain

Funny Inspirational Quotes for New Year

Some of the best quotes for new year are the witty ones, complete with their digs at the idiosyncratic new year resolutions of people, which somehow never last long, along with the usually clichéd self promises regarding weight correction, financial planning and other behavioral changes to be adopted and cultivated. Funny quotes, however, give you a reason to smile on this day, if not inspire you to do something noble.

"New Year's is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls and humbug resolutions." ~ Mark Twain

"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

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

"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." ~ W.H. Auden

"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." ~ Mark Twain

"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

"I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me." ~ Anaïs Nin

"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

"But can one still make resolutions when one is over forty? I live according to twenty-year-old habits." ~ Andre Gide

"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 reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man." ~ George Bernard Shaw

"He who breaks a resolution is a weakling; He who makes one is a fool." ~ F.M. Knowles

"Certain opuscules, 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

So, now you know that new years are about all the fun and frolic and brooming out the old alright and ushering in the new with merrymaking, like Lord Alfred Tennyson puts it in his poem Ring out, wild bells,

"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.
"

However, new year is also about becoming a better person and climbing onto a superior plane as a human being. I do not necessarily mean a plane designed by the morals set down by society, as right and wrong are rather relative terms whose definition varies from person to person, but a plane which at the end of the day, gives you that feeling that as an individual you have evolved. So, I find Cavett Robert's saying "While I can run, I'll run; while I can walk, I'll walk; when I can only crawl, I'll crawl. But by the grace of God, I'll always be moving forward" exceptionally apt for the new years as this inspirational quote talks about a goal which precedes every other goal. Think about what these inspirational new year quotes are trying to put forward and you shall feel this realization dawn upon you.
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