Editor's note: What follows is a sample of advice and commentary to consider as 2013 fades and 2014 opens. Happy New Year.
Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.
Oprah WinfreyTomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.
Brad PaisleyMay 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!
Aleister Crowley, MoonchiThe 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. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.
G.K. ChestertonWe 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.
Ellen GoodmanMany years ago I resolved never to bother with New Year's resolutions, and I've stuck with it ever since.
Dave BeardYour success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
Helen Keller Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve. Middle age is when you're forced to.
Bill VaughnRing out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1850Yesterday, 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 TwainFor 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"I'm a little bit older, a little bit wiser, a little bit rounder, but still none the wiser.
Robert PaulIn the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, but never in want.
Traditional Irish toastMay I see you grey and combing your grandchildren’s hair.
Irish toastMay you live to be 100 and may the last voice you hear be mine.
Frank SinatraThere are two mistakes that can be made along the road to truth: Not going all the way and not starting.
BuddhaYou have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.
Dr. SuessDance as if no one were watching, sing as if no one were listening and live every day as if it were your last.
UnknownMay all your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions.