Toasting is a custom that goes all the way back to ancient times—ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Persians, Hebrews and Saxons all raised their glasses to the gods and their heroes.
Formal toasts are usually given at weddings, political dinners and diplomatic events. Informal toasts might be given to a short blessing, a quick witticism, or a brief amusing story.
So, on New Year’s Eve, when you and your friends gather together, you all may want to make toasts to see in the new year. In your toast, you may want to include references to the joys and problems of life, the accomplishments or faults (in a kind teasing way) of your friends, and sum up the significance of the past and the future.
Here are some classic quotations you may include in your New Year’s toast:
Ring out, wild bells, to the wild, wild sky…
The year is dying in the night…
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
Ring out the old, ring in the new…
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
–Alfred, Lord Tennyson
May you live all the days of your lives. –Jonathan Swift
May all your troubles during the coming year be as short as your New Year’s resolutions. –Anonymous
Here’s a clear conscience—or a poor memory. –Anonymous
I’d rather be with all of you than with the finest people in the world. –Anonymous
When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other. –Chinese Proverb
Don’t let sorrow come higher than your knees. –Swedish Proverb
It is better to spend money like there’s no tomorrow than to spend the night with no money. –P. J. O’Rourke
After a good dinner, one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relatives. –Oscar Wilde