One popular New Year's quotation is found in Benjamin Franklin's, “Poor Richard’s Almanac,” which states, "Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man." Like many other popular New Year's quotations, this quote focuses on self-improvement.
Benjamin Franklin published an almanac under the pseudonym of "Richard Saunders," or "Poor Richard," from 1732 to 1758. Franklin's saying regarding the New Year was included in his 1755 almanac, which also includes additional information, such as astrological information, puzzles, weather forecasts and sayings; however, his almanacs are primarily remembered for their maxims and adages. His almanacs were highly popular in colonial America and brought Franklin financial prosperity and fame.
Another famous New Year's quote is by Abraham Lincoln and states, "Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing." Lincoln wrote this in 1955 as part of a response to a letter he received from Isham Reavis, a young man who decided to study law and requested the opportunity to study as Lincoln's apprentice. Lincoln suggests that the resolve and desire to succeed is of the utmost importance toward success as a lawyer. This particular quote within Lincoln's letter offers an inspirational message, quoted by many people for the new year.