At a dinner party, one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.
—W Somerset Maugham
All of us every single year, we’re a different person. I don’t think we’re the same person all our lives.
New Year’s Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time. —James Agate
Deep breaths are very helpful at shallow parties. —Barbara Walters
Sometimes too much to drink is barely enough. —Mark Twain
I never worry about being driven to drink; I just worry about being driven home. —WC Fields
New Year’s Eve, where auld acquaintance be forgot. Unless, of course, those tests come back positive. —Jay Leno
Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody. —Samuel Pepys
If you want an interesting party sometime, combine cocktails and a fresh box of crayons for everyone. —Robert Fulghum
For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice. —TS Eliot
Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed. —Cavett Robert
Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. —Oprah Winfrey
Good resolutions are simply cheques that men draw on a bank where they have no account. —Oscar Wilde
Many years ago, I resolved never to bother with New Year’s resolutions, and I’ve stuck with it ever since. —Dave Beard
People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between New Year and Christmas. —Author Unknown
“Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to.” —Bill Vaughan
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(This story appears in the 22 January, 2016 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)