New Year quotes

A collection of quotes on the topic of anniversary, new year, news, year.

Best new year quotes

George Eliot photo

„It is never too late to be what you might have been.“

—  George Eliot English novelist, journalist and translator 1819 - 1880

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„Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.“

—  Sören Kierkegaard Danish philosopher and theologian, founder of Existentialism 1813 - 1855

Variant: Life can only be understood going backward, but must be lived going forward.

Albert Einstein photo

„Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

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Eleanor Roosevelt photo

„The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

Often attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt without an original source in her writings, for example in the introduction to It Seems to Me : Selected Letters of Eleanor Roosevelt (2001) by Leonard C. Schlup and Donald W. Whisenhunt, p. 2 http://books.google.com/books?id=UeFWjTMcLZYC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA2#v=onepage&q&f=false. But archivists have not been able to find the quote in any of her writings, see the comment from Ralph Keyes in The Quote Verifier above.
Disputed

William James photo

„Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.“

—  William James American philosopher, psychologist, and pragmatist 1842 - 1910

Ralph Waldo Emerson photo

„Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882

Works and Days
1870s, Society and Solitude (1870)

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T.S. Eliot photo

„For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.“

—  T.S. Eliot, book Four Quartets

Variant: 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."

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Source: Four Quartets

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„The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.“

—  Socrates classical Greek Athenian philosopher -470 - -399 BC

This is actually a quotation http://books.google.com/books?id=FUIHmRHf8SUC&lpg=PA130&dq=%22not%20on%20fighting%20the%20old%20but%20on%20building%20the%20new%22&pg=PA130#v=onepage&q=%22not%20on%20fighting%20the%20old%20but%20on%20building%20the%20new%22&f=false from a character named Socrates in Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book that Changes Lives http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Way_of_the_Peaceful_Warrior, by Dan Millman.
Misattributed

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„If you are brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new Hello.

Paulo Coehlo“

—  Paulo Coelho Brazilian lyricist and novelist 1947

Variant: If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.

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„I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring.“

—  David Bowie British musician, actor, record producer and arranger 1947 - 2016

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Meister Eckhart photo

„And suddenly you know: It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings“

—  Meister Eckhart German theologian 1260 - 1328

Widely circulated on the internet, but no actual text to tie it back to Eckhart, as of yet.
Ref: en.wikiquote.org - Meister Eckhart / Disputed

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Oprah Winfrey photo

„Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.“

—  Oprah Winfrey American businesswoman, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist 1954

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Samuel Pepys photo

„Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody.“

—  Samuel Pepys English naval administrator and member of parliament 1633 - 1703

9 November 1665 http://books.google.com/books?id=azIEAAAAQAAJ&q=%22Strange+to+see+how+a+good+dinner+and+feasting+reconciles+everybody%22&pg=PA120#v=onepage
Diary
Source: The Diary of Samuel Pepys: A Selection

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„It's a magical world, Hobbes, ol' buddy… Let's go exploring!“

—  Bill Watterson American comic artist 1958

Source: It's a Magical World: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection

Walter Scott photo

„Each age has deemed the new-born year
The fittest time for festal cheer.“

—  Walter Scott Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet 1771 - 1832

„Life can only be understood looking backward. It must be lived forward.“

—  Eric Roth American screenwriter 1945

Source: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Screenplay

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„Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great“

—  John D. Rockefeller American business magnate and philanthropist 1839 - 1937

Earliest citation found in Google Books is from 1993 https://books.google.com/books?id=bdTko5oHTd4C&pg=PA25&dq=%22give+up+the+good+to+go+for+the+great%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiH2e_QivXLAhUps4MKHdf0A9wQ6AEIHTAA#v=onepage&q=%22give%20up%20the%20good%20to%20go%20for%20the%20great%22&f=false, where it is attributed to country-music singer Kenny Rogers. Not found attributed to Rockefeller until 2006 https://books.google.com/books?id=F7OGT9WTiPQC&pg=PA24&dq=%22give+up+the+good%22+%22go+for+the+great%22+rockefeller&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjw_rb9ivXLAhXrmoMKHbgHBqkQ6wEIHjAA#v=onepage&q=%22give%20up%20the%20good%22%20%22go%20for%20the%20great%22%20rockefeller&f=false.
Disputed
Variant: Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.

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Joey Adams photo

„May all your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions.“

—  Joey Adams American comedian, newspaper columnist 1911 - 1999

F. Scott Fitzgerald photo

„First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.“

—  F. Scott Fitzgerald American novelist and screenwriter 1896 - 1940

Variant: First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.

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Eleanor Roosevelt photo

„With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

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Harriet Tubman photo

„Every great dream begins with a dreamer.“

—  Harriet Tubman African-American abolitionist and humanitarian 1820 - 1913

Clive Staples Lewis photo

„You are never too old to set another goal, or to dream a new dream.“

—  Clive Staples Lewis Christian apologist, novelist, and Medievalist 1898 - 1963

Unknown, but also attributed to Les Brown, a motivational speaker. Commonly attributed to C.S. Lewis, but never with a primary source listed.
Misattributed

Reinhold Niebuhr photo

„The will-to-live becomes the will-to-power.“

—  Reinhold Niebuhr American protestant theologian 1892 - 1971

Source: (1932), p.1

W. Somerset Maugham photo

„At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.“

—  W. Somerset Maugham British playwright, novelist, short story writer 1874 - 1965

Unidentified page
A Writer's Notebook (1946)

John Selden photo

„Never tell your resolution beforehand.“

—  John Selden English jurist and scholar of England's ancient laws and constitution, and of Jewish law 1584 - 1654

Wisdom.
Table Talk (1689)

William Cullen Bryant photo

„And suns grow meek, and the meek suns grow brief,
And the year smiles as it draws near its death.“

—  William Cullen Bryant American romantic poet and journalist 1794 - 1878

October. A Sonnet http://www.gutenberg.org/files/16341/16341-h/16341-h.htm#page115 (1866)

Ralph Waldo Emerson photo

„There is no knowledge that is not power.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882

Old Age
1870s, Society and Solitude (1870)

Barbara Walters photo

„Deep breaths are very helpful at shallow parties.“

—  Barbara Walters American broadcast journalist, author, and television personality 1929

How to Talk With Practically Anybody About Practically Anything (1970).

Martial photo

„Life is not living, but living in health.“
Vita non est vivere, sed valera vita est.

—  Martial, book Epigrammata

VI, 70.
Variant translations:
It is not life to live, but to be well.
Life's not just being alive, but being well.
Epigrams (c. 80 – 104 AD)

Eleanor Roosevelt photo

„The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. “

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

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Benjamin Franklin photo

„Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.“

—  Benjamin Franklin American author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, a… 1706 - 1790

Citát „I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.“
Gautama Buddha photo

„No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again.“

—  Gautama Buddha philosopher, reformer and the founder of Buddhism -563 - -483 BC

Nelson Mandela photo

„It always seems impossible until it's done.“

—  Nelson Mandela President of South Africa, anti-apartheid activist 1918 - 2013

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Prevale photo

„The opportunity of your life, it's you.“

—  Prevale Italian DJ and producer 1983

Original: ​L'occasione della tua vita, sei tu.
Source: prevale.net