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Off the Shelves: Famous authors new year resolutions to inspire book lovers
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As 2013 approaches, many people are making their lists of resolutions for the new year.

While some people may think setting New Year’s resolutions is a trivial practice, it’s important to plan goals for yourself, to have a passionate purpose and to have a reason to look forward to each day.

Gretchen Rubin, best-selling author of “The Happiness Project,” spent a whole year following the goal of just becoming a happier individual. This may sound simplistic, but the resolution inspired millions of readers to pursue the same.

For those of you who may need a little inspiration in determining your annual aims, here are a few thoughts imparted to us from famous writers and book lovers, past and present:

“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.” — Benjamin Franklin

“New Year’s Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.” — Mark Twain

“I live in a constant state of chaos and decay, rife with lost keys and double-booked days. For the past three years, I have resolved to grow an organizational skill. Even a small one would be a huge step up for me.” —Joshilyn Jackson, author of “A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty”

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

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

“One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things.” — John Burroughs, American essayist and naturalist

“Maybe this year ... we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential.” —Ellen Goodman, columnist and author of “I Know Just What You Mean: The Power of Friendship in Women’s Lives”

“Each age has deemed the new-born year the fittest time for festal cheer.” —Sir Walter Scott

“Accept what people offer. Drink their milk shakes. Take their love.” —Wally Lamb, author of “I Know This Much is True”

“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.” —Alfred Lord Tennyson

These quotes, as well as more quotes from famous authors, can be found at:

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Alison Reeger Cook is a Gainesville resident whose Off the Shelves book review appears every other week in Sunday Life. Know of a good book to review? Email her to tell her about it. Her column appears biweekly and on

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