53 of the Best End of Year Quotes

The end of a year is inevitable, but at the end there is a new beginning. The beginning of a new year is celebrated by many people all around the world. Some may celebrate the coming of a new year with fireworks, foods, family, friends, lovers, spouses, children, confetti, alcoholic beverages, balloons, making resolutions, games or a combination of all of the above.

Most new year celebrations are started on December 31st of the calendar year and end on the first of January. However, in different locations of the world there may be a difference in dates such as the Chinese New Year, the beginning and end are different dates every year because the holiday is based on a lunar calendar, which is based on the movements of the moon.

In the United States, the new year is celebrated with the ball dropping in Times Square at the stroke of midnight in New York City, New York. People from all over the world watch the ball drop on their televisions or other online platforms. This new year tradition began in 1907 and started off with a ball made of iron and wood that weighed around 700 pounds.

Today the ball is a very bright and beautifully patterned ball that’s a bit larger weighing around 12,000 pounds and around 12 feet in diameter. Some other states and other countries have their own versions of this tradition, or they have their own traditions such as parades and festivals.

End of Year Quotes

  1. “Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering ‘it will be happier’.” – Alfred Lord Tennyson
  2. “Everybody has difficult years, but a lot of times the difficult years end up being the greatest years of your whole entire life, if you survive them.” – Brittany Murphy
  3. “A happy new year! Grant that I may bring no tear to any eye when this new year in time shall end. Let it be said I’ve played the friend, Have lived and loved and labored here, And made of it a happy year.” – Edgar Guest
  4. “And suddenly you know; It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” – Meister Eckhart
  5. “The first few days of each new year have always seemed to be filled with a special magical quality of anticipation. What will the new calendar produce in our lives?” – Og Mandino
  6. “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” – Soren Kierkegaard
  7. “Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” – Oprah Winfrey
  8. “As the old year retires and a new one is born, we commit into the hands of our creator the happenings of the past year and ask for direction and guidance in the new one. May he grant us his grace, his tranquility and his wisdom!” – Peggy Toney Horton
  9. “Whatever it is that you are scared of doing, do it. Make your mistakes next year and forever.” – Neil Gaiman
  10. “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” – Maria Robinson
  11. “It is always important to know when something has reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn’t matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over.” – Paulo Coelho
  12. “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
  13. “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
  14. “No matter what life throws at you in 2021, know that you can handle it. You have it in you to soothe, uplift and inspire yourself to keep going.” – Miss Mental
  15. “Everyone should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page.” – Henry Ward Beecher
  16. “What feels like the end is often the beginning.” – Unknown
  17. “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.” – Brad Paisley
  18. “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
  19. “It can always be better or worse. Remember that and let it inspire you to be grateful for what you have and thankful for what you don’t.” – Miss Mental
  20. “The old year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. The new year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming 12 months!” – Edward Payson Powell
  21. “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
  22. “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” – Seneca the Younger
  23. “Any new beginning is forged from the shards of the past, not from the abandonment of the past.” – Craig D. Lounsbrough
  24. “Enter this new year with gratitude for this new chance to create your dreams.” – Avina Celeste
  25. “It wouldn’t be a new year if I didn’t have regrets.” – William Thomas
  26. “An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” – Bill Vaughan
  27. “Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” – Oprah Winfrey
  28. “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
  29. “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” – Michael Altchuler
  30. “At the end of the day, it’s all about what’s on the shelf at the end of the year.” – Steve Coppell
  31. “Time passes: yesterday has gone for ever but tomorrow never comes. Let’s make the most of today.” – Robert Ashby
  32. “The year end brings no greater pleasure then the opportunity to express to you season’s greetings and good wishes. May your holidays and new year be filled with joy.” – Charles Dickens
  33. “Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.” – Brooks Atkinson
  34. “You can get excited about the future. The past won’t mind.” – Hillary DePiano
  35. “A new year brings not only happiness, it makes us happy with a hope to fulfill our dreams or a new beginning of our life. So, a new year is very special to everyone.” – Santonu Kumar Dhar
  36. “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
  37. “May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions.” – Joey Lauren Adams
  38. “At the end of every day of every year, two things remain unshakable, our constancy of purpose and our continuous discontent with the immediate present.” – Roberto Goizueta
  39. “The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.” – Melody Beattie
  40. “I would say happy new year but it’s not happy; it’s exactly the same as last year except colder.” – Robert Clark
  41. “Every ending is a beginning. We just don’t know it at the time.” – Mitch Albom
  42. “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice.” – T. S. Eliot
  43. “A year of ending and beginning, a year of loss and finding and all of you were with me through the storm. I drink your health, your wealth, your fortune for long years to come, and I hope for many more days in which we can gather like this.” – C.J. Cherryh
  44. “I’m always emotional on the last day of the year, and for a long time I thought that I was anxious for the unknown, but then I realized it was the excitement for the endless possibilities a new year brings.” – Miss Mental
  45. “What is the funniest thing people do on 1st January? They make resolutions.” Pearl Aman
  46. “Maybe this year, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives not looking for flaws, but looking for potential.” – Ellen Goodman
  47. “For a new year to bring you something new, make a move, like a butterfly tearing its cocoon! Make a move!” – Mehmet Murat Ildan
  48. “Year’s end, all corners of this floating world, swept.” – Matsuo Basho
  49. “Midnight on New Year’s Eve is a unique kind of magic where, for a moment, the past and the future exist at once in the present.” – Hillary DePiano
  50. “New Year’s Day now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving h*ll with them as usual.” – Mark Twain
  51. “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” – Albert Schweitzer
  52. “The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year, but rather that we should have a new soul.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton
  53. “Dear world, I am excited to be alive in you, and I am thankful for another year.” – Charlotte Eriksson
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The end of the year can be exciting for some people because they are ready for the new year, and some people just may be glad that the year is coming to an end. A lot of people make the traditional resolutions such as losing weight, stop smoking, making healthier choices, or progress in life.

Many of those people that make a resolution break them, so don’t feel too bad if you break yours, you’re not alone. Use some of these quotes to share some at your new year celebration, post them on social media, share them with some of your close friends and family or just use them to inspire and motivate yourself as you end your year and submerge into the new year.

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