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The Drift

The Drift

Start your new year with some inspiration, humor, and poetry. And if you’re reading this having already failed on your New Year’s resolutions, don’t worry—you’re in the right place. Enjoy.

Published on:
January 16, 2018
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2 min.
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New Year’s is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls, and humbug resolutions, and we wish you to enjoy it with a looseness suited to the greatness of the occasion. —Mark Twain

Be willing to be a beginner every single morning. —Meister Eckhart

Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to. —Bill Vaughan

Only a night from old to new;
Only a sleep from night to morn.
The new is but the old come true;
Each sunrise sees a new year born.
—Helen Hunt Jackson

May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s Resolutions! —Joey Adams

It may not be the life you imagined, but it’s your life. You came here for a reason. Is it time for you to go and begin again? —Doug Cooper

New Year’s Resolution: to tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time. —James Agate

Ring 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.
—Lord Alfred Tennyson

I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning, and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me. —Anais Nin

You’ve got a chance to start out all over again. A new place, new people, new sights. A clean slate. See, you can be anything you want with a fresh start. —Annie Proulx

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

New Year’s Day
everything is in blossom!
I feel about average.
—Kobayashi Issa

People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas. —Unkown

You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down. —Mary Pickford

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man. —Benjamin Franklin