New Year’s to most people is an opportunity for us to start over, a fresh, clean slate, to have another chance in life.
Chronologically first among holidays in the calendar year, to some, it is the culmination of a long Holiday season, being the last festivity in that most wonderful of occasions. It is celebrated typically by the traditional count-down from the old year to the New Year.
Precisely at the stroke of midnight, a flurry of activities like fireworks, horn-blowing, the singing of “Auld Lang Syne,” drinking, eating, and generally, an atmosphere of festivity follow throughout the land.
Notable activities include the celebrated “ball drop” in New York’s Time Square, the “America’s Party” held in Las Vegas Strip, a Midnight Run in the vicinity of New York, and of course, the major events in various theme parks like Disney, Universal Studios, and others.
Midnight Masses are offered by Catholic churches, while some Christian congregations hold Watch Night services.
Most families gather around for sumptuous meals and intimate celebrations and give thanks for another year of being together.
One minor but significant part of New Year’s celebration is music. A wide variety of songs and music are dedicated to New Years’,’ and some are part of the Christmas tradition. Many like the aforementioned “Auld Lang Syne” are classics, but there are contemporary songs pertaining to the wonders and nuances of New Years’.
Examples are ABBA’s “Happy New Year,” John Lennon’s “Imagine,” Barry Manilow’s “It’s Just Another New Year’s Eve,” U2’s “New Year’s Day,” Dan Fogelberg’s “Same Old Lang Syne,” and Katy Perry’s “Fireworks,” to name a few. Indeed, many other artists are inspired by this momentous occasion, and to name them all would be challenging at best.
Central to New Years’ celebration is the making of a Resolution. That is in keeping with the traditional symbol of New Year’s as a new beginning. It is an opportunity to revisit the past errors of the preceding year and the goal of not making the same infractions or improving oneself. It is a chance to be better, to be different, and to be more human.
Now in making New Year’s resolutions, we should always see that these are doable things, not outlandish as to constitute fantasy. Or they should not be too comfortable as to be inconsequential. We have to be honest, true to ourselves, and, most importantly, willing to follow through with our goals. Many people make a list, then compromise with themselves as to what they will see through and those they would “maybe do next year.”
We should never be afraid to change ourselves. Remember, everything in the world changes. “The only thing constant in this world is change,” an adage proclaims. So it is true with people. We should always be thankful to have the chance to start over and reinvent ourselves.
We have compiled below some of the most inspirational New Year quotes that capture the magic of the event and will usher in a prosperous new beginning for you.
Happy New Year to all!
New Year’s Quotes
New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.
New Year’s cards from friends – colored patterns of my life.
New Year – a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours.
The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are.
The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months!
Edward Payson Powell
New year—a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours.
New beginnings are in order, and you are bound to feel some level of excitement as new chances come your way.
The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul…
Gilbert K. Chesterton
Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.
And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Never leave anything out to dry as the sun comes up for the New Year.
Life is about change, sometimes it’s painful, sometimes it’s beautiful, but most of the time it’s both.
If you asked me for my New Year Resolution, it would be to find out who I am.
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.
We can find a new hope every new day and every New Year.
Lailah Gifty Akita
Never underestimate the power you have to take your life in a new direction.
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.
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.
A New Year brings new grace for new accomplishments.
Lailah Gifty Akita
What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year.
Happy New Year Quotes
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to.
New year is a day, to tune the rhythm called SOUL, with best chords called EXPERIENCES and play the guitar called LIFE.
On New Year’s Eve the whole world celebrates the fact that a date changes. Let us celebrate the dates on which we change the world.
May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions.
You can get excited about the future. The past won’t mind.
A new year brings not only happiness, it makes us happy with a hope to fulfill our dreamz or a new beginning of our life. So, a new year is very special to everyone.
Santonu Kumar Dhar
The New Year is a painting not yet painted; a path not yet stepped on; a wing not yet taken off! Things haven’t happened as yet! Before the clock strikes twelve, remember that you are blessed with the ability to reshape your life!
Mehmet Murat ildan
New Year’s Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time.
Each day is a new beginning, the chance to do with it what should be done and not to be seen as simply another day to put in time.
Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.
Every moment is a fresh beginning.
Many years ago I resolved never to bother with New Years resolutions, and I have stuck with it ever since.
Every single year, we’re a different person. I don’t think we’re the same person all of our lives.
I’ve had some lovely extraordinary experiences on New Year’s Eve.
Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress.
For last year’s words belong to last year’s language, and next year’s words await another voice.
New Year Motivational Quotes
An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.
If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.
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.
Many years ago, I made a New Year’s resolution to never make New Year’s resolutions. Hell, it’s been the only resolution I’ve ever kept!
Let our New Year’s resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.
We joyfully pray with grateful heart’s to welcome blessings in New Year.
Lailah Gifty Akita
Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.
Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.
Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing.
Sarah Ban Breathnach
To have the kind of year you want to have, something has to happen that you can not explain why it happened. Something has to happen that you can not coach.
Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.
New Year’s Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change.
Sarah Ban Breathnach
It’s never too late to become who you want to be. I hope you live a life that you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
New Year Inspirational Quotes
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.
The beginning is the most important part of the work.
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Change can be scary, but you know what’s scarier? Allowing fear to stop you from growing, evolving, and progressing.
It wouldn’t be New Year’s if I didn’t have regrets.
What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t even happened yet.
We all get the exact same 365 days. The only difference is what we do with them.
Each year’s regrets are envelopes in which messages of hope are found for the New Year.
John R. Dallas Jr.
Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.
Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.
In our perfect ways. In the ways we are beautiful. In the ways we are human. We are here. Happy New Year’s. Let’s make it ours.
We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
To the old, long life and treasure; to the young, all health and pleasure.
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.
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
You are never too old to reinvent yourself.
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.
Just when the caterpillar thought her life was over, she became a butterfly.
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
We have compiled below some of the most inspirational New Year quotes that capture the magic of the event, and will usher in a prosperous new beginning for you.
Happy New Year to all!