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The 30 Best New Year Quotes For a Festive Start to 2022

From Beyoncé to Neil Gaiman, here are some of Esquire's favorite festive sayings.
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Here are the best quotes to welcome the new year with a lot of positivity, hope, and joy.


"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." —Neil Gaiman

"I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring." —David Bowie

"Celebrate endings—for they precede new beginnings." —Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Don't live the same year 75 times and call it a life." —Robin Sharma

"The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are." —J.P. Morgan

"Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering 'it will be happier.'" —Alfred Lord Tennyson

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

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." —C.S. Lewis

"The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written." —Melody Beattie

"You’ll never get bored when you try something new. There's really no limit to what you can do." —Dr. Seuss

"Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man." —Benjamin Franklin

"The best is yet to come." —Frank Sinatra

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"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." —E.E. Cummings

"Every single year, we’re a different person. I don’t think we’re the same person all of our lives." —Steven Spielberg

"If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello." —Paulo Coehlo

"Packaged inside of every mistake there lays a great lesson. And while I don’t want to take the mistake into the New Year, I most certainly want to take the lesson that’s packaged inside of it." —Craig D. Lounsbrough

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude." —Maya Angelou

"Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties." —Helen Keller

"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." —Martin Luther King, Jr.

"We spend January 1st 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

"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

"What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t even happened yet." —Anne Frank

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

"To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often." —Winston Churchill

"The last hours, minutes, and seconds for disappearing old year to start a new year; it only can be beneficial and fruitful when each one of us also changes and starts a new and fair attitude and character that respect humanity and eliminate all sorts of distinctions to become an equal and peaceful planet." —Ehsan Sehgal

"No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again." —Buddha

"It’s never too late to become who you want to be. I hope you live a life that you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over." —F. Scott Fitzgerald

"In our perfect ways. In the ways we are beautiful. In the ways we are human. We are here. Happy New Year’s. Let’s make it ours." —Beyoncé

"On New Year’s Eve, the whole world celebrates the fact that a date changes. Let us celebrate the dates on which we change the world." —Akilnathan Logeswaran

"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

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