I’ve never been much of one for making New Year’s resolutions.  But the turn of the calendar does usually prompt me to reflect on the past year, and on what the year ahead may have to offer. The new year for many is in some sense a time to regroup – to take stock of what’s important to us, to thank those who have been supportive, and to look ahead at all the things we can all accomplish.

So as we enter 2014, here are a few quotes to help kick off the New Year. Including a lighthearted one or two for good measure. Feel free to share your own suggested quotes in the comments.

And a special thank you to so many Legal Insurrection readers for welcoming me this year and for helping to make 2013 especially memorable.


“Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.”
Cavett Robert

“Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”
Brad Paisley

That prior quote seems reminiscent of this one:
“Each New Year, we have before us a brand new book containing 365 blank pages. Let us fill them with all the forgotten things from last year — the words we forgot to say, the love we forgot to show, and the charity we forgot to offer.”
Peggy Toney Horton

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

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Source disputed: H. Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You, author credited his mother. The quote is often misattributed to Mark Twain.  Wherever it’s from, it’s still an inspiring quote.

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbours, and let every new year find you a better man.”
― 1755 edition of Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanac

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
C.S. Lewis

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

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

Patricia “Peppermint Patty” Reichardt: “Have you made any New Year’s resolutions, Chuck?”
Charlie Brown: “Yes. You know how I always dread the whole year? Well, this time I’m only going to dread one day at a time.”
Happy New Year, Charlie Brown (1986 TV Short)

(Featured image credit: “Happy New Year, Charlie Brown” video clip, USA Today/ABC)


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