Whether you want to provide a memorable evening for your friends and family or try to impress a New Year's date, nothing classes up a joint like well-spoken, thoughtful toast. Especially if you came up with that toast yourself.
Of course, not all of us have the talent and skill of Robert Burns (or even Dr. Seuss). So we've compiled a list of lovely toasts for all occasions this year.
Speak with conviction and candor, speak from the heart and these words -- even though they may not be yours -- will be meaningful nevertheless. (And remember to keep a straight face.)
In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, never in want. -- Traditional Irish
Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man. -- Benjamin Franklin
Here's a toast to the future, A toast to the past, And a toast to our friends, far and near. May the future be pleasant; The past a bright dream; May our friends remain faithful and dear. -- Traditional
For last year's words belong to last year's language and next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning. -- T. S. Eliot
Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true. -- Lord Alfred Tennyson
We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called "Opportunity" and its first chapter is New Year's Day. -- Edith Lovejoy Pierce
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The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. -- Eleanor Roosevelt
Here's to the year that has gone
With its share of joy and sadness
And here's to the year to come
May it have a full measure of gladness
-- Traditional, circa 1910
And, just for good measure, the Robert Burns classic itself (to be read with a Groundskeeper Willie accent for best success):
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear, For auld lang syne, We'll take a cup o' kindness yet For auld lang syne
We twa hae run aboot the braes And pou'd the gowans fine; we've wander'd mony a weary foot Sin' auld lang syne
We two hae paidled i' the burn, Frae mornin' sun till dine; But seas between us braid hae roar'd Sin' auld lang syne
And here's a hand, my trusty friend, And gie's a hand o' thine; We'll take a cup o' kindness yet For auld lang syne
Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear, For auld lang syne, We'll take a cup o' kindness