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Happy New Year – Wishes, Friends and Party (aka Partay)

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New Year Wishes

A new year represents a time to start anew, thanks for days gone by and wishes for days to come.

The wave is breaking on the shore, The echo fading from the chime – Again the shadow moveth o’er The dial-plate of time!
John Greenleaf Whittier

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 Tennyson

Hail! All Hail, New Year! Welcome, thou infant link of time! How comest thou? Are thine eyes bright, Undimmed by tears of sorrow? Submit Chesebrough Loomis

The Old was buoyant, the Old was true; The Old was brave when the Old was new. He crowned us often with grace and gift; His sternest skies had a deep blue rift; Straight and swift when his hand unclasped. With welcome and joyance thine we grasped. Oh, tell us. Year, — we are fain to know, — What is thy charm that we hail thee so?
Margaret E. Sangster

The good old year is with the past; Oh be the new as kind!
William Cullen Bryant

Hope smiles on the threshold of the year to come, whispering that it will be happier.
Alfred Tennyson

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

Let us move into the New Year with a great sense of the thrill of living.
Norman Vincent Peale

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.
G.K. Chesterton

A new heart for a New Year, always!
Charles Dickens

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

Friends for Midnight and Beyond

Remembering friendships and looking forward to continuing the camaraderie into the new year is something we cherish and a reason to celebrate. “And there’s a hand my trusty friend! And give me a hand o’ thine!” From Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns.

Stay yet, my friends, a moment stay, Stay till the good old year, So long companion of our way, Shakes hands, and leaves us here. Oh stay, oh stay, One little hour, and then away.
William Cullen Bryant

Each year to ancient friendships adds a ring, as to an oak.
James Russell Lowell

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

Who lives without folly is not so wise as he thinks.
François de La Rochefoucauld

Mingle a little folly with your wisdom; a little nonsense now and then is pleasant.
Horace

Good parties create a temporary youthfulness.
Mason Cooley

And so the merry party began. It was one of those jolly, happy, bread-crumbling parties where you cough twice before you speak, and then decide not to say it after all.
P.G. Wodehouse

One thing is certain, no party is any fun unless seasoned with folly.
Desiderius Erasmus

Cheerfulness is the best promoter of health and is as friendly to the mind as to the body.
Joseph Addison

The hare-brained chatter of irresponsible frivolity.
Benjamin Disraeli

Then sing, young hearts that are full of cheer, with never a thought of sorrow; the old goes out, but the glad young year comes merrily in tomorrow.
Emily Miller

Nothing like a little judicious levity.
Robert Louis Stevenson

After all, what is your host’s purpose in having a party? Surely not for you to enjoy yourself if that were their sole purpose, they’d have simply sent champagne and women over to your place by taxi.
P. J. O’Rourke

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

One does not leave a convivial party before closing time.
Winston Churchill

Party Time

You really came for the party. Imbibe some quotes on drinking, no need to limit yourself on these. “And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne.” From Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns.

I never worry about being driven to drink I just worry about being driven home.
W. C. Fields

’ Tis not the drinking that is to be blamed, but the excess.
John Selden

Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.
Ernest Hemingway

What I say will be a bit of boasting. The mad wine tells me to do it. Wine sets even a thoughtful man to singing, or sets him into softly laughing, sets him to dancing. Sometimes it tosses out a word that was better unspoken.
Homer

When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.
Henny Youngman

Wine makes a man more pleased with himself I do not say that it makes him more pleasing to others.
Samuel Johnson

If I be served such another trick, I’ll have my brains ta’en out, and buttered, and give them to a dog for a new year’s gift.
William Shakespeare

Drinking makes such fools of people, and people are such fools to begin with, that it’s compounding a felony.
Robert Benchley

Alcohol is a good preservative for everything but brains.
Mary Pettibone Poole

When the wine goes in, strange things come out.
Friedrich Schiller

Drunkenness is nothing else than a voluntary madness.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I am only a beer teetotaller not a champagne teetotaller.
George Bernard Shaw

Now is the time to drink!
Horace

It is the hour to be drunken! to escape being the martyred slaves of time, be ceaselessly drunk. On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish.
Charles Baudelaire

A very merry, dancing, drinking, Laughing, quaffing, and unthinking time.
John Dryden

Wine lead to folly, making even the wise to laugh immoderately, to dance, and to utter what had better have been kept silent.
Homer

My grandmother is over eighty and still doesn’t need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle.
Henny Youngman

Beer’s intellectual. What a shame so many idiots drink it.
Ray Bradbury

What is man, when you come to think upon him, but a minutely set, ingenious machine for turning, with infinite artfulness, the red wine of Shiraz into urine?
Isak Dinesen

If you want an interesting party sometime, combine cocktails and a fresh box of crayons for everyone.
Robert Fulghum

To be an ideal guest, stay at home.
Edgar Watson Howe

One reason why I don’t drink is because I wish to know when I’m having a good time.
Nancy Astor

Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.
Plautus

It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken.
Aristotle

Send them home as merry as crickets.
François Rabelais

You have played enough you have eaten and drunk enough. Now it is time for you to depart.
Horace

Have a happy and safe new year – all year through.
Ken

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