HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

December 31, 2007
Wisdom from Polonius

Thoughts of the New Year


Ogden Nash

Every New Year is the direct descendant, isn’t it, of a long line of proven criminals?


Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield

The New Year is the season in which custom seems more particularly to authorize civil and harmless lies, under the name of compliments. People reciprocally profess wishes which they seldom form and concern which they seldom feel.


W.H. Auden

The only way to spend New Year’s Eve is either quietly with friends or in a brothel. Otherwise when the evening ends and people pair off, someone is bound to be left in tears.


Joseph L. Mankiewicz from A Letter To Three Wives

Mrs. Finney: Can’t we have some peace in this house, even on New Year’s Eve?
Sadie: You got it mixed up with Christmas. New Year’s Eve is when people go back to killing each other.


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