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When the clock strikes midnight today, folks around the world will cheer and wish each other a Happy New Year.


For some, this event is no more than a change of a calendar. For others, the New Year symbolizes the beginning of a better tomorrow.


With that in mind, we would like to share with you some quotations that can guide you in a positive direction into the new year ahead …


In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, never in want. (Irish toast)


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)


And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible. (Harry Burns, from “When Harry Met Sally”)


We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called “Opportunity” and its first chapter is New Year’s Day. (Edith Lovejoy Pierce)


Resolve to make at least one person happy every day, and then in ten years you may have made 3,650 persons happy, or brightened a small town by your contribution to the fund of general enjoyment. (Sydney Smith)


… your Happy New Year depends on what you do for others. (unknown)


Every new year people make resolutions to change aspects of themselves they believe are negative. A majority of people revert back to how they were before and feel like failures. This year I challenge you to a new resolution. I challenge you to just be yourself. (Aisha Elderwyn)


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)


Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man. (Ben Franklin)


What can be said in New Year rhymes, that’s not been said a thousand times? The new years come, the old years go, We know we dream, we dream we know. We rise up laughing with the light, We lie down weeping with the night. We hug the world until it stings, We curse it then and sigh for wings. We live, we love, we woo, we wed, We wreathe our prides, we sheet our dead. We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear, And that’s the burden of a year. (Ella Wheeler Wilcox)


We here at the Bladen Journal wish y’all a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.


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