Facing a New Year

Sunday, December 26, 2010 – Facing a New Year

Some old, some new

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. ~ Bill Vaughan

New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday. ~ Charles Lamb

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. ~ 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. ~ Mark Twain

The New Year begins in a snowstorm of white vows. ~ George William Curtis

Happiness is too many things these days for anyone to wish it on anyone lightly. So let’s just wish each other a bileless New Year and leave it at that ~ Judith Crist

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

May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions. ~ Joey Adams

It wouldn’t be New Year’s if I didn’t have regrets. ~ William Thomas

There are whole years for which I hope I’ll never be cross-examined, for I could not give an alibi. ~ Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

The only way to spend New Year’s Eve is either quietly with friends or in a brothel. Otherwise when the evening ends and people pair off, someone is bound to be left in tears. ~ W. H. Auden

The proper behavior all through the holiday season is to be drunk. This drunkenness culminates on New Year’s Eve, when you get so drunk you kiss the person you’re married to. ~ P. J. O’Rourke

We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves. ~ Lynn Hall, Where Have All the Tigers Gone?

EXPERIENCE, n. The wisdom that enables us to recognize as an undesirable old acquaintance the folly that we have already embraced. ~ Ambrose Bierce

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so. ~ Douglas Adams

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes. ~ Oscar Wilde

Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want. ~ Dan Stanford

Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn. ~ C. S. Lewis

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. ~ Alan Watts

Arrange whatever pieces come your way. ~ Virginia Woolf

All human wisdom is summed up in two words ~ wait and hope. ~ Alexander Dumas

Be infinitely flexible and constantly amazed. ~ Jason Kravitz

The clock talked loud. I threw it away, it scared me what it talked. ~ Tillie Olsen, Tell Me a Riddle

Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils. ~ Louis Hector Berlioz

After one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say “I want to see the manager.” ~ William S. Burroughs

I can’t understand it. I can’t even understand the people who can understand it. ~ Queen Juliana

I have an existential map. It has “You are here” written all over it. ~ Steven Wright