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LANGUAGE HUMOR AT ITS FINEST

Making yourself more proficient in English need not be a drag. You can actually speed up the learning process and make it fun by generously lacing it with humor—but preferably the best that the English language can offer.

In this new section, apart from giving a fixed slot to our weekly “In a Lighter Vein” pop-out humor piece in the Forum homepage, we have put together the finest of those weekly humor pop-ups since the Forum started. The best of them—collected from various sources on the web and sent in by friends—are all here, posted in the Forum under the following headings: Wordplay, On the Job, Student and School Life, and Miscellany.

So if you missed any of the best of the Forum’s weekly humor pop-ups, you can enjoy and savor them again and again here—and better still, share them with your friends!

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18 Classic Quotes for the New Year


“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”
— Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.”
— Bill Vaughn, American columnist and author

“Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.”
— Oscar Wilde, Irish writer and poet

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice.”
— T.S. Eliot, American playwright and literary critic

“I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me.”
— Anaïs Nin, French-Cuban author

“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, American author and humorist

“From New Year’s on the outlook brightens; good humor lost in a mood of failure returns. I resolve to stop complaining.”
— Leonard Bernstein, American conductor, composer, and author

“Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.”
— Brooks Atkinson, American theatre critic

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

“The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul.”
— G.K. Chesterton, English writer

“Many years ago I resolved never to bother with New Year’s resolutions, and I’ve stuck with it ever since.”
— Dave Beard, baseball player

“It is difficult to live in the present, ridiculous to live in the future, and impossible to live in the past. Nothing is as far away as one minute ago.”
— Jim Bishop, American journalist and author

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

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, lecturer, and poet

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”
— Michael Altshuler, speaker and trainer

“Never tell your resolution beforehand, or it’s twice as onerous a duty.”
— John Selden, English jurist

“He who breaks a resolution is a weakling; He who makes one is a fool.”
— F.M. Knowles, American artist

“This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!”
— William Arthur Ward, American writer and author

From a collection by Travis Mcashan

Travis Mcashan says he’s a father, volunteer, and “solopreneur” on a mission to help others find their passion and make it happen. He believes life is about doing your best, living honestly, and giving the rest to God.

(Thanks and Happy New Year, Travis!)

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