15 New Year's Quotes to Ring in 2011

Emily Abbate

I'm a sucker for good quotes -- and New Year's Eve brings another chance for me to look toward the Google gods for a little inspiration. 

Since the new year means an opportunity for new beginnings, I've been doing a little research. My personal resolutions (spending less time on my Blackberry and not spending more than $25 a week on lunch) may not exactly be world-changing, but every goal requires motivation.

These 15 New Year's Quotes will help you put your best foot forward in 2011.

"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, American Poet

“Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.”   -- Oscar Wilde

“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. ” -- PJ O’Rourke, American writer

“New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.” -- Charles Lamb, British essayist

"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, American author

"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

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” -- Oprah Winfrey

“One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this:  To rise above the little things.” -- John Burroughs, American naturalist

“Every man regards his own life as the New Year's Eve of time." -- Jean Paul Richter, German romance writer

"Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every New Year find you a better man." -- Benjamin Franklin

"Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go." -- Brooks Atkinson, American theater critic

"Now there are more overweight people in America than average-weight people. So overweight people are now average … which means, you have met your New Year’s resolution." -- Jay Leno

“Making resolutions is a cleansing ritual of self assessment and repentance that demands personal honesty and, ultimately, reinforces humility. Breaking them is part of the cycle." -- Eric Zorn, Writer for the Chicago Tribune

"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, American columnist

“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

What words will you live by in the new year?

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