New Year’s Day can be a banquet of promise and possibilities. (Sometimes the banquet’s first course is big helping of New Year’s Eve recovery, but we’re not here to judge.)
Lots of people are making resolutions today that they hope to keep. Some of us have whole lists. Mine starts with: My treadmill will be used for its original purpose, not as a secondary clothes-drying rack.
Whether you’re compiling your own list of resolutions or just pondering the possibilities for the year to come, here are some famous writers’ words of wisdom on making the most of the New Year that could help you out.
― Alfred, Lord Tennyson ―
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”
― 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.”
― T.S. Eliot ―
“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.
― G.K. Chesterton ―
“The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes.”
― Benjamin Franklin ―
“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”
― Aleister Crowley ―
“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!”
― 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.”
― Mehmet Murat ildan ―
What do you need in the New Year? You need a dream; your dream needs an action; and your action needs right thinking! Without right thinking, you can have only unrealised dreams!”
― Neil Gaiman ―
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.”
What’s your wisdom or resolution for 2018?