Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to.
The proper behavior all through the holiday season is to be drunk. This drunkenness culminates on New Year’s Eve, when you get so drunk you kiss the person you’re married to.
New Year’s Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time.
Be at War with your Vices, at Peace with your Neighbours, and let every New-Year find you a better Man.
And now let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been.[Und nun wollen wir glauben an ein langes Jahr, das uns gegeben ist, neu, unberührt, voll nie gewesener Dinge, voll nie getaner Arbeit.]