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Best Inspirational New Year’s Quotes to Ring in 2020

alex atkins bookshelf quotations“Ring out the old, ring in the new,” wrote the British poet Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) in the poem title In Memoriam, “Ring, happy bells, across the snow: / The year is going, let him go; / “Ring our the false, ring in the true.” In a world filled with so many distortions and disinformation, ringing in the true sounds like a worthy goal. It is particularly fitting that the year is 2020 that implies seeing things clearly (you can hear your opthomologist asking softly: “better 1 or 2? [pause] 2 or 3?”

New Year’s Eve is such a bittersweet holiday — filled with the sadness of having to say goodbye to the past year, with all its memories — the tragic and the joyous. And the holiday is filled with the excitement of the year yet to come — full of hope and promise, as the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke expresses it: “full of things that have never been.”

As one gets older, however, the “bitter” in bittersweet becomes more pronounced. The sadness becomes more poignant because advancing age comforts you with a blanket of nostalgia and sentimentality — it just becomes harder to say goodbye. Moreover, one looks back at the year to remember the people who have passed away, making the world a bit colder and emptier without those individuals. Thus, on a deeper, subconscious level, saying goodbye to the past year is a harbinger of the losses that are yet to come.

Whether more bitter or more sweet, New Year’s Eve always inspires wonderful celebrations as well as deep or mildly intoxicated superficial reflection. Here are some of the best inspirational quotes to help you ring in the new year:

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

T.S. Eliot: “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language, and next year’s words await another voice.”

Seneca: “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”

Rainer Maria Rilke: ““And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.”

Joseph Campbell: “We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: “We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.”

Neil Gaiman: “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.”

C.S. Lewis: “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

William Shakespeare: “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

Gilbert Chesterton: “The 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.”

Mark Twain: “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.”

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

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