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10 motivational quotes and writing prompts for the New Year

(EDITORIAL) The New Year is a time for change, but the excitement of the start of something new can also bring stress. Here are 10 quotes to help!

Countdown clock to the New Year.

Each year, we consider our resolutions, buy bottles of champagne, and cook up a pot of lucky black-eyed peas. We publicly proclaim that we’re going to stop eating chocolate and that we’re going to write ten articles every day this year and regardless of how insane or easy our resolutions are, we write about them. We’re here to help you with your efforts, so here are 10 New Year quotes to help get your juices flowing for 2022.

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

“In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, never in want.” -Old Irish toast

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

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” -Bill Vaughn

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“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.” -Mark Twain

“A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.” -Author Unknown

“No one ever regarded the First of January with indifference. It is that from which all date their time, and count upon what is left. It is the nativity of our common Adam.” -Charles Lamb

“The new year begins in a snow-storm of white vows.” -George William Curtis

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

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“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.” -Hal Borland

Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.



  1. Anne Rains

    December 30, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    These are great quotes Lani! Thanks for sharing!

    –Anne Rains

  2. Christine Rich

    December 30, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    Thank you so much! I was just trying to work out what I was going to post on my blog. This is great, and greatly appreciated. Happy New Year to you!

  3. Paula Henry

    December 30, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Lani –

    I thought it was lucky cooked cabbage:) I guess it’s different in the south.

    These are some great quotes worth to draw out the creative juices! Now to the writing board – it’s been awhile……

  4. Missy Caulk

    December 30, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    I love those quotes. I love quotes in general as there is so much wisdom in them as they are passed along from generation to generation.

    Oh I love my black-eyed peas too. People up here think I am nuts but I am passing it along to my children.

    Happy New Year !!

  5. Terry McDonald

    December 31, 2008 at 9:14 am

    Perfect way to close out the year, or start the new one. We Realtors may have to add one from Winston Churchill, I especially like his famous quote that describes the fight of the empire, and finishes “We will never surrender.” Onward To 2009.

  6. Mack

    December 31, 2008 at 9:20 am

    “A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.”

    That one got me. Blackeyed Peas for luck and Turnip Greens for money Paula. It’s a southern thang.

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