12 Hope-Filled Quotes to Ring in the New Year

Jeanne Sager | Dec 27, 2017 Good News

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The new year. Could we possible be here already?! I know every year is the same length (except for those pesky leap years), but with each one that passes, they seem to be shorter and shorter. I swear it was January 1 just the other day ... and here we are again. So how to mark the journey into another new year?

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The new year always feels like a hopeful time. A time to start fresh. A time to start anew. A time to resolve to do things better going forward. Maybe it's the year to aim for self acceptance ("flaws" and all), the year to finally look for a job that's a better fit, or the year be more present for the kids. Maybe it's the year to finally accept every "imperfection" for what it is. 

Of course, it's also a time for reflection. We can't do better unless we look back and learn a few things from our past. What worked and what didn't? What was worth precious time and what wasn't?

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Before we get to far into thinking about what's to come, it seems only appropriate that we step back and look at some of the wise words that have been spoken (or written) about new years past. These quotes are just a little inspiration to kick those resolutions in gear and start the new year off the right way!


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  • Good Resolutions ...

    1

    "Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account." -- Oscar Wilde, poet and playwright

  • Hope Smiles ...

    2

    "Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, 'It will be happier.'" -- Alfred Tennyson, poet

  • I Think in Terms ...

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    "I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the year's." -- Henry Moore, artist

  • Let Our New Year's ...

    4

    "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." -- Goran Persson, former Prime Minister of Sweden

  • My New Year's Resolution ...

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    "My new year's resolution would be to find out who I am." -- Cyril Cusack, actor

  • The Object of a New Year ...

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    "The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year but rather we should have a new soul." -- G.K. Chesterton, writer

  • May the New Year Bring ...

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    "May the new year bring you courage to break your resolutions early!" -- Aleister Crowley, occultist

  • Tomorrow Is the First ...

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    "Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one." -- Brad Paisley, singer-songwriter

  • We Spend January 1st ...

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    "We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched." -- Ellen Goodman, journalist

  • Whatever You Did ...

    10

    "Whatever you did last year, do it better!"

  • New Year's Day Is ...

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    "New Year's Day is every man's birthday." -- Charles Lamb, essayist

  • A New Year's Resolution ...

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    "A new year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other." -- Anonymous

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