It's almost unbelievable how fast 2017 went by. A couple more days and we'll be ringing in 2018! With the start of the New Year, the traditional activity is to make a resolution, a promise that you will be better version of yourself in the coming year.

Typical resolutions include eating healthy, exercising, finding better job prospects, engaging in stimulating hobbies, spending more time with kids or parents, all of these resolutions come with typically unrealistic expectations that soon fall to the wayside by February! So instead of shaming yourself and making yourself feel terrible because you already missed a full week of the gym and it’s only January 10, forget the resolutions for 2018 and instead be inspired by some thought provoking quotes concerning the coming of a New Year.

Check out these 25 New Year sayings that will aid you in closing the chapter on 2017 and ringing in all there is to come in 2018!

“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.”—Helen Keller

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“New Year's Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change.”—Sarah Ban Breathnach

“Let our New Year's resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.”—Goran Persson

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every New Year find you a better man.”—Benjamin Franklin

“Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress.”—Charles Kettering

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, 'It will be happier.'”—Alfred Lord Tennyson

“If you asked me for my New Year Resolution, it would be to find out who I am.”—Cyril Cusack

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something.”—Neil Gaiman

“Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.”—Cavett Robert

“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.”—Melody Beattie

“And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.”—Rainer Maria Rilke

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”—Oprah Winfrey

“Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.”—Hal Borland

“I know. I'm lazy. But I made myself a New Years resolution that I would write myself something really special. Which means I have 'til December, right?”—Catherine O'Hara

“Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.”—Jonathan Edwards

“Celebrate what you want to see more of.”—Tom Peters

“New Year's Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time.”—James Agate

“I have no way of knowing how people really feel, but the vast majority of those I meet couldn't be nicer. Every once in a while someone barks at me. My New Year's resolution is not to bark back.”—Tucker Carlson

“I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the years'.”—Henry Moore

“Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness.”—William Shakespeare

“All of us every single year, we're a different person. I don't think we're the same person all our lives.”—Steven Spielberg

“My New Year's resolution is to stick to a good workout plan that will keep me healthy and happy.”—James Lafferty

“If you want an interesting party sometime, combine cocktails and a fresh box of crayons for everyone.”—Robert Fulghum

“First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.”—F. Scott Fitzgerald