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12 Quotes from books about New Year’s that will inspire a fresh start for 2022

As 2021 comes to an end and we enter 2022, it’s time to remember all that the last year has brought us and given us as we look forward to the future.

On the first weekend of the new year, we’ve compiled a list of twelve quotes from books about New Year’s that will inspire a fresh start for 2022.

1. “The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.”
― Melody Beattie, The Language of Letting Go: Daily Meditations on Codependency

2. “And now let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been, full of work that has never been done, full of tasks, claims, and demands; and let us see that we learn to take it without letting fall too much of what it has to bestow upon those who demand of it necessary, serious, and great things.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke, 1892-1910

3. “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.”
― G.K. Chesterton, A Chesterton calendar

4. “We’re humans, not machines. We have bad days. We have mental difficulties. We are inspired, yet we fail. We are not linear. We have hearts that break and souls we don’t know what to do with. We kill and destroy but we build and make possible too. We’ve been to the moon and invented computers. We outsource most things but we still have to live with ourselves. We’re pessimists who believe it’s too late so what the hell? We’re the comeback kids in love with second chances. And every New Year is another chance.”
― Jeanette Winterson, Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days

5. “You don’t like New Years Eve? Are you insane? It’s literally the best holiday ever. You just party all night and it doesn’t matter what stupid stuff you do because the year’s over and you get a brand new start in the morning.”
― Hillary DePiano, New Year’s Thieve

6. “We should celebrate every year that we made it through and every year that we’re happier and healthier.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

7. “The priceless lesson in the New Year is that endings birth beginnings and beginnings birth endings. And in this elegantly choreographed dance of life, neither ever find an end in the other.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough, Flecks of Gold on a Path of Stone: Simple Truths for Profound Living

8. “Midnight on New Year’s Eve is a unique kind of magic where, just for a moment, the past and the future exist at once in the present. Whether we’re aware of it or not, as we countdown together to it, we’re sharing the burden of our history and committing to the promise of tomorrow.”
― Hillary DePiano, New Year’s Thieve

9. “NOEL: You can get excited about the future. The past won’t mind.”
― Hillary DePiano, New Year’s Thieve

10. “People wait for the countdown to tell them it’s okay to believe in themselves again. They end each year with failure, but hope that when the clock strikes twelve, they can begin the new year with a clean slate.”
― Shaun David Hutchinson, We Are the Ants

11. “New year is another opportunity of seeing life with little more caring, compassion, maturity and beauty.”
― Amit Ray, Peace Bliss Beauty and Truth: Living with Positivity

12. “As we did every New Year’s Eve we made ridiculous resolutions that no one would keep, and quietly we all wondered what the coming year would hold, each of us praying for our own private miracles. Good health. Better health. A marriage for this child, a good job for another. This hopefulness was something hardwired into our psyches, that a new year might mean some monumental something wonderful could happen to bring us happiness at a level we had never known. A new year was a chance to start over. Maybe even, just maybe, there would be peace on earth for one entire day.”
― Dorothea Benton Frank, The Last Original Wife

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