Sunday, January 01, 2006

New Years Reflections

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 back with reverence and give thanks.
Look ahead with vision and faith and with all the excitement of a child.

- St. Flavia

6. Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live.

7. Resolved, never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do, if it were the last hour of my life.

- Jonathan Edwards, from his Resolutions

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: Give me a light, that I may tread safely into the unknown. And he replied: Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light, and safer than a known way.

- Minnie L. Haskins

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

When we once begin to form good resolutions, God gives us every opportunity of carrying them out.

- St John Chrysostom

Be at war with your vices; at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.

- Benjamin Franklin

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

New Year's eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights.

- Hamilton Wright Mabie



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