"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
As we ring in a fresh new year with enthusiasm and resolve, it’s interesting to read what writers have said on the subject in the past.
"One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things." - John Burroughs
"Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man." - Benjamin Franklin
"Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunder-storm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols." - Thomas Mann
"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
"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, "Little Gidding"
Here’s to a creative, adventurous, and successful 2012!
Do you have a favorite New Year's quote?
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Posted by Sharon Wildey Calle at 8:00 PM