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Inspiration for (Already Faltering) Resolutions

Firework final display!, by claudmey via sxc.hu

It’s almost two weeks into the New Year! For some of us (okay, most of us), that means our resolutions have already begun to weaken. Mark Twain said, “Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual." Oscar Wilde shared this sentiment when he said, "Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account." Fortunately, not every author is so cynical! For those of us still trying to keep our resolutions and are in need of an extra bit of encouragement, here are some quotations to get 2012 off to a great start!

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

"The past is but the beginning of a beginning and all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn."
---H. G. Wells

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

“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.”
---Lord Alfred Tennyson

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

“New Year's Day is every man's birthday.”
---Charles Lamb

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.”
---T.S. Eliot

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant."
---Robert Louis Stevenson

“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

"You have done what you could---some blunders and absurdities have crept in. Forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."
---Ralph Waldo Emerson

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