100+ Best New Year Quotes

100+ best New Year quotes for greeting card messages or text messages to help you wish your friends and family all the best for New Year's eve and the year ahead.

New Year holds a special magic. It's a time to pause and reflect on the year gone, and to dream of better things for the year ahead. On this page you'll find New Year quotes to wish friends and family all the best for the New Year, ranging from funny, inspirational, Christian, or more general year end quotes.

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Last updated: 13 December 2018

Happy New Year Quotes

The end of a year and beginning of the new year is a time for reflection, and full of hope for things to come. Wish your friends and family all the best for the new year with these general Happy New Year quotes. They're all quite short so perfect for text messages or greeting card messages.

Out with the old, in with the new! Sending Happy New Year best wishes to you!

Wishing you 12 months of success, 52 weeks of laughter, 365 days of fun, 8760 hours of joy, 525600 minutes of good luck, and 31536000 seconds of happiness. Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Let's toast to yesterday's achievements and tomorrow's bright future.

Happy New Year! May the coming year be full of grand adventures and opportunities.

Give wings to your dreams and let them come true in 2019.

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Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one!
~ Brad Paisley


It is time to forget the past and celebrate a new start. Happy New Year!

Another fresh new year is here
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!
~ William Arthur Ward

Here's to the bright New Year
And a fond farewell to the old;
Here's to the things that are yet to come
And to the memories that we hold.
~ Anon

Happy New Year!
May your troubles be less,
And your blessings be more.
And nothing but happiness come through your door.

Each age has deemed the new-born year
The fittest time for festal cheer
~ Sir Walter Scott

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Stir the eggnog. Lift the toddy. Happy New Year, everybody!



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Christian New Year Quotes

New Year is a time for reflection and brings with it the hope for better things in the coming year. These religious Christian New Year quotes remind us how the presence of God in our lives can give us strength and courage throughout the New Year and times of change.

May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.
~ Psalm 20:4

In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.
~ Proverbs 16:9

You crown the year with Your goodness, And Your paths drip with abundance.
~ Psalm 65:11 (New King James Version)

If this is to be a Happy New Year, a year of usefulness, a year in which we shall live to make this earth better, it is because God will direct our pathway. How important then, to feel our dependence upon Him!
~ Matthew Simpson

I want to make a New Year's prayer, not a resolution. I'm praying for courage.
~ Susan Sontag

Glory to God in highest Heaven,
Who unto man His Son hath given;
While angels sing with tender mirth,
A glad New Year to all the earth.
~ Martin Luther

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I am the new year.
I am an unspoiled page in your book of time. I am your opportunity to renew your allegiance to Him who said: Behold, I make all things new.


Resolution One: I will live for God.
Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.
~ Jonathan Edwards

Resolutions can become reality, when we turn to the One who makes it possible, the One who truly makes all things new, Jesus Christ the Lord.
~ Deacon Keith Fournier

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
~ 2 Corinthians 5:17

Every day I feel is a blessing from God. And I consider it a new beginning. Everything is beautiful.
~ Prince

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May joy and peace surround you,
contentment latch your door,
and happiness be with you now
and bless you evermore!
~ Irish blessing


May there always be work for your hands to do;
May your purse always hold a coin or two;
May the sun always shine on your windowpane;
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
~ Irish blessing

Lord, I have no idea what's going to happen in this New Year. I pray that you will guide me. Please help me to look to you always, and through everything that I do, may I bring praise and glory to Your name. I thank you Lord for another year. Amen.

The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul.
~ G.K. Chesterton

Look not back on yesterday
So full of failure and regret;
Look ahead and seek God's way -
All sin confessed you must forget.
~ Dennis DeHaan

In His wisdom God does not show us all that lies ahead. So we enter a new year to live it day by day. Each day let us follow more faithfully, more courageously, more daringly the lead of our great Captain who bids us follow Him.
~ William Thomson Hanzsche

Resolve to make each day the beginning of a new year, a new morning, a new adventure. Enjoy the blessings of a new year, in Christ, one day at a time!
~ Debbie Carroccio

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May the road rise
to meet you,
May the wind
be ever at your back.
May the sun shine warm
upon your face,
and the rains fall
soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
may God hold you in the
palm of His hand.
~ Irish Blessing


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Year End Quotes

A selection of Year end quotes to celebrate coming to the end of the year and the opportunity the New Year brings. They are great new year quotes for including in text messages or holiday greeting cards to friends and family.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

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

In the New Year, never forget to thank to your past years because they enabled you to reach today! Without the stairs of the past, you cannot arrive at the future!
~ Mehmet Murat Ildan

For last year's words belong to last year's language,
And next year's words await another voice.
What we call the beginning is often the end,
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
~ T.S. Eliot

New Year's Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change.
~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.
~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce

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Let all the failures of your past year be your best guide in the New Year.
~ Mehmet Murat Ildan


The horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change.
~ Maya Angelou

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbours, and let every New Year find you a better person.
~ Benjamin Franklin

We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives, not looking for flaws, but for potential.
~ Ellen Goodman

I have the opportunity once more to right some wrongs, to pray for peace, to plant some trees, and sing more joyful songs.
~ William Arthur Ward


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Funny New Year Quotes

A great collection of funny New Year quotes, perfect for friends and family who don't like to take New Year too seriously. These new year quotes are all quite short so great for text messages or greeting card messages.

A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one Year and out the other.
~ Anon

I can't believe it's been a year since I didn't become a better person.
~ Anon

My New Year's resolution was going to be to quit all my bad habits, but then it occurred to me - no one likes a quitter.

My New Year's resolution is to stop feeling guilty about not keeping last year's resolution.

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


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

Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve. Middle age is when you're forced to.
~ Bill Vaughan

May the New Year bring you courage to break your resolutions early! My own plan is to swear off every kind of virtue, so that I triumph even when I fall!
~ Aleister Crowley

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

New Year's Eve, where auld acquaintance be forgot. Unless, of course, those tests come back positive.
~ Jay Leno

Many years ago I resolved never to bother with New Year's resolutions, and I've stuck with it ever since.
~ Dave Beard

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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Tonight's December thirty-first,
Something is about to burst…
Hark, it's midnight, children dear.
Duck! Here comes another year!
~ Ogden Nash


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

One glass of champagne and I smile, two and I grin, but three I'm ever so ready to sin.
~ Anastasia Miller

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

No one frolics
Like we alcoholics.
~ Anon

Pour the Champagne and let its mousse rise, like thousands of sparkling smiling eyes.
~ Jared M. Brown

These funny new year quotes celebrate living life to the full!

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”
~ Hunter S. Thompson

Let us have wine and women
Mirth and laughter
Sermons and soda-water
The day after.
~ Lord Byron


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Inspiring and Motivating New Year Quotes

New Year is a great opportunity for change, but change is hard! This collection of inspiring and motivating New Year quotes are perfect for sending to friends and family and to give them encouragement as they set out to achieve their new year's resolutions.

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Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.
~ Oprah Winfrey


A new year. A fresh, clean start! It's like having a big white sheet of paper to draw on! A day full of possibilities!
~ Bill Watterson

Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.
~ Robert Breault

Don't ever feel like your best days are behind you. Reinvention is the purest form of hope. Make today your best yet!
~ Phil Wohl

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
~ Albert Einstein

Today I close the door to the past, open the door to the future, take a deep breath, step on through and start a new chapter in my life.
~ Anon

There comes a day when you realize turning the page is the best feeling in the world, because you realize there's so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on.
~ Zayn Malik

Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering "it will be happier".
~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're off and away! You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
~ Dr. Seuss

What you can do, or dream you can, begin it,
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
~ Goethe (Faust)

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Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.
~ Nido Qubein


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

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
~ George Bernard Shaw

It's never too late - never too late to start over, never too late to be happy.
~ Jane Fonda

You are never too old to reinvent yourself.
~ Steve Harvey

One day you will wake up and there won't be any more time to do the things you've always wanted. Do it now.
~ Paolo Coelho

You have the pencil and paper in your hand, you write the story of the upcoming year. May your story be a year filled with positive happenings and successes, with few erase marks and full of exclamation marks.
~ Theodore W. Higginsworth

Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.
~ Rumi

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.
~ Rumi

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Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
~ Rumi


Your time as a caterpillar has expired. Your wings are ready.
~ Anon

For what it's worth: it's never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you're proud of. And if you find that you're not, I hope you have the strength to start over.
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
~ Harriet Tubman

You can't go back and make a new start, but you can start right now and make a brand new ending.
~ James R. Sherman

No matter how dirty your past is, your future is still spotless.
~ Drake

We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

If you can't fly, then run.
If you can't run, then walk.
If you can't walk, then crawl.
But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

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New Year - a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours.
~ Alex Morrit


Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
~ Søren

Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.
~ Danny Kaye

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
~ Anne Frank

The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.
~ Oprah Winfrey

One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it's worth watching.
~ Anon

The past has no power over the present moment.
~ Eckhart Tolle

Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.
~ Oprah Winfrey

If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one.
~ Dolly Parton

I've included these next, slightly longer new year quotes and excerpts because they're very inspiring and could be helpful for people who feel a bit overwhelmed about how to create in their lives.

Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
~ H Jackson Brown Jr

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful. And don't forget to make some art - write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.
~ Neil Gaiman

When you start to think that things should have been better this year, remember the mountains and valleys that got you here. They are not accidents and those moments weren't in vain. You are not the same, you have grown and you are growing. You are breathing, you are living, You are wrapped in endless boundless grace. And things will get better. There is more to you than yesterday.
~ Morgan Harper Nichols

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.

So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
~ Neil Gaiman


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New Year Resolution Quotes

A mix of funny, light-hearted, and encouraging New Year resolution quotes and new year quotes that talk about the highs and lows of setting New Year resolutions.

Never make a resolution which won't be as important on the eighth of April or the tenth of July as it is on the first of January.
~ Cary Grant

One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things.
~ John Burroughs, American naturalist and nature essayist

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It doesn't matter where you came from, all that matters is where you are going.
~ Brian Tracy


Tomorrow is a new day. Begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
~ Lao Tzu

It's a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you're ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now.
~ Hugh Laurie

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
~ Thomas Jefferson

Let our New Year's resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.
~ Goran Persson

What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year.
~ Vern McLellan

Making resolutions is a cleansing ritual of self-assessment and repentance that demands personal honesty and, ultimately, reinforces humility. Breaking them is part of the cycle.
~ Eric Zorn

The three Cs in life: choice, chance, change. You must make the choice to take the chance if you want anything in life to change.
~ Anon

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The New Year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.
~ Melody Beattie


The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you're not going to stay where you are.
~ John Pierpont Morgan

The beginning is the most important part of the work.
~ Plato

Nothing is predestined. The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.
~ Ralph Blum

The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life. You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose.
~ Arnold Bennett

Making New Year resolutions is one thing. Remaining resolute and seeing them through is quite another.
~ Alex Morritt

I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me.
~ Anais Nin

It's not the resolutions you make once a year that matter, but the ones you make with every single breath.
~ Beau Taplin

You raze the old to raise the new.
~ Justina Chen

And here are some more light-hearted new year quotes about setting new year resolutions.

A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one Year and out the other.
~ Anon

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

Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results means you're either insane or are making a New Year's resolution.
~ @thedeadauthor

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Many years ago I resolved never to bother with New Year's resolutions, and I've stuck with it ever since.
~ Dave Beard


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 the New Year bring you courage to break your resolutions early! My own plan is to swear off every kind of virtue, so that I triumph even when I fall!
~ Aleister Crowley


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Happy New Year Quotes for Friends & Family

Happy New Year Quotes for friends and family, perfect for greeting card or text messages.

Happy New Year! Here's to living life to the full in 2019. As a wise person once said, "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough!"

Wishing you a blessed New Year! When I count my blessings, I count you twice.

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As the sun sets on another year, I wish you great company and good cheer.


Happy New Year! Here's to sharing more good times and great memories in 2019.

Sing and dance and make good cheer
Let's make it last throughout the year.

Here's to the bright New Year
And a fond farewell to the old;
Here's to the things that are yet to come
And to the memories that we hold.
~ Anon

May all of your troubles last as long as my New Years resolutions! Happy New Year!

Live it up on New Year's Eve - you've got the whole year to live it down!

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Happy New Year! Although we may be far apart, you are always in my heart.


Wishing you 12 months of success, 52 weeks of laughter, 365 days of fun, 8760 hours of joy, 525600 minutes of good luck, and 31536000 seconds of happiness.


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New Years Eve Quotes

There is a certain magic to New Year's eve, and these New Years eve quotes capture the excitement of that moment and express some of the hope and promise the evening holds as we think about the coming year.

Ah, New Years Eve. The evening of little miracles. Take away the dazzling fireworks, the celebrations, the drinking and the countdowns and what you are left with is hope. Small human hope. The hope of better days, of fresh starts, and perhaps, if you are very lucky, a kiss.
~ Beau Taplin

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

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Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
~ Alfred Lord Tennyson


Sing and dance and make good cheer
Let's make it last throughout the year.

A new year quotes collection would not be complete without reference to this famous poem by Robert Burns. There are several translations, I have chosen the English translation.

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
And old lang syne!

For old lang syne, my dear,
For old lang syne.
We'll take a cup of kindness yet,
For old lang syne.
~ Robert Burns

The merry year is born
Like the bright berry from the naked thorn.
~ Hartley Coleridge

For last year's words belong to last year's language,
And next year's words await another voice.
What we call the beginning is often the end,
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
~ T.S. Eliot

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Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve. Middle age is when you're forced to.
~ Bill Vaughan


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