The most common New Years' wish exchanged is a simple "Happy New Year." However, there are many more wishes and quotes, often relating to happiness and good fortune for the future, such as, "Wishing you a Happy New Year with the hope that you will have many blessings in the year to come."
Many New Year's wishes and quotes make reference to leaving the old year behind and starting the new, such as, "Out with the old, in with the new: may you be happy the whole year through. Happy New Year!" and, "A new year is like a blank book, and the pen is in your hands. It is your chance to write a beautiful story for yourself. Happy New Year."
Some are linked to religious belief, such as, "Another year of success and happiness has passed. With every new year comes greater challenges and obstacles in life. I wish you courage, hope and faith to overcome all of the hurdles you may face. May you have a great year and a wonderful time ahead. God bless you."
Some are inspirational: "No one can go back in time to change what has happened, so work on your present to make yourself a wonderful future. Happy New Year."
An Irish toast for when the clock strikes midnight is, "In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, never in want."
Quotes attributed to famous people on the subject of the New Year include, "Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man," by Benjamin Franklin, and, "New Year's Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual," by Mark Twain.