Sunday, December 31, 2006

Quote of the Day, 12/31/06: New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve is upon us. I came across this first quote this evening, and liked it enough to share. Unfortunately, I could not track down a good attribution for it. If anyone knows, please holler, and I'll update the post. The others I have credited appropriately.

(Unattributed but used liberally)
Here we are in a month named after the Roman god Janus, an appropriate personification of the start of the new year. This particular Roman god had two faces so that he could look ahead toward the future and back at the past at the same time. As we get rid of an old year and look forward to a new one, we all try to be a little like Janus. We know through experience what we did wrong and what we did right, and hope to do better this year. Some people make ambitious new year’s resolutions; others just take a deep breath and hope for the best.

Charles Lamb
Of all sound of all bells... most solemn and touching is the peal which rings out the Old Year.

Brooks Atkinson
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.

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