125+ January quotes and poems

January quotes

In this blog post, we will present you some curiosities about the first month of the year –  January. You will also be able to read the most beautiful poems dedicated to January, but also famous quotes about January and the New Year.

January – the first month of the year

January is the first month of the year in the Gregorian calendar and one of the seven Gregorian months with a duration of 31 days.

January begins astrologically with the sun in the sign of Capricorn and ends in the sign of Aquarius. From an astronomical point of view, January begins with the sun in the constellation of Sagittarius and ends with the sun in the constellation of Capricorn.

The first month of the year is dedicated to the god Janus, whose name comes from the word “ianua” (door, gate). Janus, then, was the god of doors, a gate opener and lock, a god of beginnings. With the beginning of the chronological division of the year into 12 subdivisions, Janus acquired an additional function – opener of the year. 

The god Janus in Roman mythology, was a god with two faces, looking in different directions, one forward, one backward, meaning the beginning and the end, but also the two hypostases of time: past and present, respectively the year that ended, the year that just started. Janus was the guardian of the gates, being also designated as the god of everything that means passage, road, transition.

January was introduced in the Roman calendar around 700 BC. Until then, the year was only ten months (304 days). The Greeks called January Camelion.

January begins with the same day of the week as October in a regular year and April and July in a leap year.

125+ January quotes and poems

21 January quotes

1. “We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives . . . not looking for flaws, but for potential.” ―Ellen Goodman

2. “I’ll never understand why everybody puts so much emphasis on January first. There are three hundred and sixty-four other days in the year that you can make a change.” ―Elizabeth Eulberg

3. “The first day of January always presents to my mind a train of very solemn and important reflections and a question more easily asked than answered frequently occurs viz: How have I improved the past year and with [what] good intentions do I view the dawn of its successor?” ―Charlotte Brontë

4. “I love beginnings. If I were in charge of calendars, every day would be January 1.” ―Jerry Spinelli

5. “On the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take interest in the things that are and are to be, and not in the things that were and are past.” ―Henry Ward Beecher

6.  “January looks forward to the new year and back to the old year. He sees the past and future.” ―M.L. Stedman

7. “January is the calendar’s ingrown hair.” ―Stewart Stafford

8. “January was a two-faced month, jangling like jester’s bells, crackling like snow crust, pure as any beginning, grim as an old man, mysteriously familiar yet unknown, like a word one can almost but not quite define.” ―Patricia Highsmith

9. “January? The month is dumb. It is fraudulent. It does not cleanse itself.” ―Anne Sexton

10.

“Married when the year is new,

He’ll be loving, kind and true . . .

Married in January’s roar and rime,

Widowed you’ll be before your prime.” ―New Zealand Proverb

11. “If I had my way, I would remove January from the calendar altogether and have an extra July instead.” ―Roald Dahl

12. “January is the garbage can of movies in America, directly after all the Oscar contenders have been out.” ―Michael Caine

13. “Feeling a little blue in January is normal.” —Marilu Henner

14. “To read a poem in January is as lovely as to go for a walk in June.” ―Jean Paul

15. “Let January open with joy in the Lord, and December close with gladness in Jesus.” ―Charles H. Spurgeon

16. “Lots of people go mad in January. Not as many as in May, of course. Nor June. But January is your third most common month for madness.” —Karen Joy Fowler

125+ January quotes and poems

17. “Like January weather,

The years will bite and smart,

And pull your bones together

To wrap your chattering heart.” ―Dorothy Parker

18. “January brings the snow,

Makes our feet and fingers glow.” ―Sara Coleridge

19. “Leaving any bookstore is hard . . . especially on a day in January, when the wind is blowing, the ice is treacherous, and the books inside seem to gather together in colorful warmth.” ―Jane Smiley

20. “It is deep January. The sky is hard. The stalks are firmly rooted in ice.” ―Wallace Stevens

21. “January is the coldest month of the year for most of the Caribbean. . . daytime highs are typically comfortably hot, while the nights remain warm.” ―Liz Osborn

125+ January quotes and poems

45 January – New Year’s Day Quotes

1. “Celebrate endings—for they precede new beginnings.” —Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

3. “Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.” —Robin Sharma

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

5. The magic in new beginnings is truly the most powerful of them all.” ―Josiyah Martin

6. “The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are.” —J.P. Morgan

7. “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.” —Brad Paisley

8. “New year—a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours.” —Alex Morritt

9. “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” —Thomas Jefferson

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

11. “Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go. They merely determine where you start.” —Nido Qubein

12. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” —George Eliot

13. “Life is about change, sometimes it’s painful, sometimes it’s beautiful, but most of the time it’s both.” —Kristin Kreuk

14. “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

15. “What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.” —Vern McLellan

125+ January quotes and poems

16. “Never underestimate the power you have to take your life in a new direction.” ―Germany Kent

17. “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

18. “The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.” —Melody Beattie

19. “An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” — William E. Vaughan

20. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” — C.S. Lewis

21. “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

22. “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

23. “On New Year’s Eve the whole world celebrates the fact that a date changes. Let us celebrate the dates on which we change the world.” ―Akilnathan Logeswaran

24. “You can get excited about the future. The past won’t mind.” ―Hillary DePiano

25. “The New Year is a painting not yet painted; a path not yet stepped on; a wing not yet taken off! Things haven’t happened as yet! Before the clock strikes twelve, remember that you are blessed with the ability to reshape your life!” ―Mehmet Murat ildan

26. “Each day is a new beginning, the chance to do with it what should be done and not to be seen as simply another day to put in time.” –Catherine Pulsifer

27. “Tonight’s December thirty-first,

Something is about to burst.

The clock is crouching, dark and small,

Like a time bomb in the hall.

Hark, it’s midnight, children dear.

Duck! Here comes another year!” ―Ogden Nash

28. “Every moment is a fresh beginning.” —T.S. Eliot

29. “Every single year, we’re a different person. I don’t think we’re the same person all of our lives.”—Steven Spielberg

30. “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

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

32. “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language, and next year’s words await another voice.” T.S. Eliot

33. “If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” —Paulo Coehlo

34. “Many years ago, I made a New Year’s resolution to never make New Year’s resolutions. Hell, it’s been the only resolution I’ve ever kept!”―D.S. Mixell

35. “We joyfully pray with grateful hearts to welcome blessings in New Year.” ―Lailah Gifty Akita

125+ January quotes and poems

36. “New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.” —Charles Lamb

37. “Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing.” —Sarah Ban Breathnach

38. “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” —Seneca

39. “It’s never too late to become who you want to be. I hope you live a life that you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald

40. “The beginning is the most important part of the work.” –Plato

41. “Change can be scary, but you know what’s scarier? Allowing fear to stop you from growing, evolving, and progressing.” —Mandy Hale

42.“What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t even happened yet.” —Anne Frank

43. “Each year’s regrets are envelopes in which messages of hope are found for the New Year.” —John R. Dallas Jr.

44. “Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.” —Oscar Wilde

45. “Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” —Carl Bard

125+ January quotes and poems

65 January poems

“January is here, with eyes that keenly glow,

A frost-mailed warrior

striding a shadowy steed of snow.” –  Edgar Fawcett

“Nature has undoubtedly mastered the art of winter gardening and even the most experienced gardener can learn from the unrestrained beauty around them.” –  Vincent A. Simeone  

“Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village though;

He will not see me stopping here

To watch his woods fill up with snow.” 

 Robert Frost, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening 

“The shortest day has passed, and whatever nastiness of weather we may look forward to in January and February, at least we notice that the days are getting longer.  Minute by minute they lengthen out.  It takes some weeks before we become aware of the change.  It is imperceptible even as the growth of a child, as you watch it day by day, until the moment comes when with a start of delighted surprise we realize that we can stay out of doors in a

twilight lasting for another quarter of a precious hour.”

–  Vita Sackville-West

“January is the quietest month in the garden.  …  But just because it looks quiet doesn’t mean that nothing is happening.  The soil, open to the sky, absorbs the pure rainfall while microorganisms convert tilled-under fodder into usable nutrients for the next crop of plants.  The feasting earthworms tunnel along, aerating the soil and preparing it to welcome the seeds and bare roots to come.”

–  Rosalie Muller Wright, Editor of Sunset Magazine, 1/99

“There are two seasonal diversions that can ease the bite of any winter.  One is the January thaw.  The other is the seed catalogues.”

 Hal Borland

“Here’s to thee, old apple tree

Whence thou mayest bud

Whence thou mayest blow

Whence thou mayest bear apples enow.”

–  Wassailing Songs, England, January 5th

“It snowed and snowed, the whole world over,

Snow swept the world from end to end.

A candle burned on the table;

A candle burned.”

–  Boris Pasternak, Dr. Zhivago  

“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 of kindness yet,

for auld lang syne.”

–  Robert Burns, Auld Lang Syne 

125+ January quotes and poems

“Bare branches of each tree

on this chilly January morn

look so cold forlorn.

Gray skies dip ever so low

left from yesterday’s dusting of snow.

Yet in the heart of each tree

waiting for each who wait to see

new life as warm sun and breeze will blow,

like magic, unlock springs sap to flow,

buds, new leaves, then blooms will grow.”

–  Nelda Hartmann, January Morn  

“From Heaven I fall, though from earth I begin.

No lady alive can show such a skin.

I’m bright as an angel, and light as a feather,

But heavy and dark, when you squeeze me together.

Though candor and truth in my aspect I bear,

Yet many poor creatures I help to ensnare.

Though so much of Heaven appears in my make,

The foulest impressions I easily take.

My parent and I produce one another,

The mother, the daughter, the daughter, the mother.”

–  James Parton, A Riddle – On Snow 

“There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you ….. In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself.”

–  Ruth Stout

“January, month of empty pockets! … let us endure this evil month, anxious as a theatrical producer’s forehead.”

–  Colette

“Little January

Tapped at my door today.

And said, “Put on your winter wraps,

And come outdoors to play.”

Little January

Is always full of fun;

Until the set of sun.

Little January

Will stay a month with me

And we will have such jolly times –

Just come along and see.”

–  Winifred C. Marshall, January

125+ January quotes and poems

“To read a poem in January is as lovely as to go for a walk in June.”

–  Jean-Paul Sartre

Slow as molasses in January.

“One of my current pet theories is that the winter is a kind of evangelist, more subtle than Billy Graham, of course, but of the same stuff.” 

 Shirley Ann Grau 

“Thirty days hath September,

April, June, and November,

February has twenty-eight alone,

All the rest have thirty-one;

Excepting leap year, that ‘s the time

When February’s days are twenty-nine.”

“The name, given to the month of ‘January’, is derived from the ancient Roman name ‘Janus’ who presided over the gate to the new year.  He was revered as the ‘God of Gateways’, ‘of Doorways’ and ‘of the Journey.’  Janus protected the ‘Gate of Heaven’, known as the ‘Lord of Beginnings’, is associated with the ‘Goddess Juno-Janus’, and often symbolized by an image of a face that looks forwards and backwards at the same time.  This symbolism can easily be associated with the month known by many as the start of a new year which brings new opportunities.  We cast out the old and welcome in the new.  It is the time when many reflect on events of the previous year and often resolve to redress or improve some aspect of daily life or personal philosophy.”

–  Mystical World Wide Web 

“January is named after the Roman god Janus, who was always shown as having two heads.  He looked back to

the last year and forward to the new one.  The Roman New Year festival was called the Calends, and people

decorated their homes and gave each other gifts.”

–  New Year’s Day

“Janus was invoked at the commencement of most actions; even in the worship of the other gods the votary began by offering wine and incense to Janus.  The first month in the year was named after him; and under the title of Matutinus he was regarded as the opener of the day.  Hence he had charge of the gates of Heaven, and hence, too, all gates, January, were called after him, and supposed to be under his care.  Hence, perhaps, it was, that he was represented with a staff and key, and that he was named the Opener (Patulcius), and the Shutter (Clusius).”

 Mary Ann Dwight, Grecian and Roman Mythology 

“Ruler of new beginnings, gates and doors, the first hour of the day, the first day of the month, and the first month of the year, the Roman god Janus gave January its name.  He was pictured as two-headed (both heads bearded) and situated so that one head looked forward into the new year while the other took a retrospective view.  Janus also presided over the temple of peace, where the doors were opened only during wartime.  It was a place of safety, where new beginnings and new resolutions could be forged, just as the New Year is a time for new objectives and renewed commitments to long-term goals.”

–  How January Got Its Name  

“New Year ceremonies are designed to get rid of the past and to welcome the future. January is named after the Etruscan word janua which means door.”

–  New Year’s Customs    

“In order to set the calendar right, the Roman senate, in 153 BC, declared January 1st to be the beginning of the new year.  During the Middle Ages, the Church remained opposed to celebrating New Year’s Day.  January 1st has been celebrated as a holiday by Western nations for only about the past 400 years.”

  New Year’s Day   

“You’d be so lean, that blast of January

Would blow you through and through.  Now, my first friend,

I would I had some flowers o’ the spring that might

Become your time of day.”

–  William Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale, Act IV Scene 4 

125+ January quotes and poems

“The night is darkening round me,

The wild winds coldly blow;

But a tyrant spell has bound me

And I cannot, cannot go.

The giant trees are bending

Their bare boughs weighed with snow.

And the storm is fast descending,

And yet I cannot go.

Clouds beyond clouds above me,

Wastes beyond wastes below;

But nothing dear can move me;

I will not, cannot go.”

 Emily Bronte, Spellbound  

“O Winter! frozen pulse and heart of fire,

What loss is theirs who from thy kingdom turn

Dismayed, and think thy snow a sculptured urn

Of death! Far sooner in midsummer tire

The streams are under ice. June could not hire

Her roses to forego the strength they learn

In sleeping on thy breast.”

–  Helen Hunt Jackson, A Calendar of Sonnets: January

“It is deep January.  The sky is hard.  The stalks are firmly rooted in ice.”

–  Wallace Stevens,  No Possum, No Sop, No Taters

“The hiss was now becoming a roar – the whole world was a vast moving screen of snow – but even now it said peace, it said remoteness, it said cold, it said sleep.”

–  Conrad Aiken  

“Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunder-storm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year.   Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols.”

–  Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain  

“Dead of winter.

Cold hands warm heart.

As pure as snow.

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.

Now is the winter of our discontent.

Left out in the cold.”

–  Clichés for Gardeners  

“The door was shut, as doors should be,

Before you went to bed last night;

Yet Jack Frost has got in, you see,

And left your window silver white.

He must have waited till you slept;

And not a single word he spoke,

But pencilled o’er the panes and crept

Away again before you woke.

And now you cannot see the hills

Nor fields that stretch beyond the lane;

But there are fairer things than these

His fingers traced on every pane.”

–  Gabriel Setoun, Jack Frost 

“The birds are gone, The ground is white,

The winds are wild, They chill and bite;  

The ground is thick with slush and sleet,  

And I barely feel my feet.”

–  Winter Poems    

“The Snow-drop, Winter’s timid child,

Awakes to life, bedewed with tears.”

–  Mary Robinson  

“The trees down the boulevard stand naked in thought,

Their abundant summary wordage silenced, caught

In the grim undertow; naked the trees confront

Implacable winter’s long, cross-questioning brunt.”

–  D. H. Lawrence, Winter in the Boulevard, 1916  

“For this beauty,

beauty without strength,

chokes out life.

I want wind to break,

scatter these pink-stalks,

snap off their spiced heads,

fling them about with dead leaves —

spread the paths with twigs,

limbs broken off,

trail great pine branches,

hurled from some far wood

right across the melon-patch,

break pear and quince —

leave half-trees, torn, twisted

but showing the fight was valiant.

To blot out this garden

to forget, to find a new beauty

in some terrible

wind-tortured place.”

–  H. D. (Hilda Doolittle), Sheltered Garden, 1916  

“An absolute

patience.

Trees stand

up to their knees in

fog. The fog

slowly flows

uphill.

White

cobwebs, the grass

leaning where deer

have looked for apples.

The woods

from brook to where

the top of the hill looks

over the fog, send up

not one bird.

So absolute, it is

no other than

happiness itself, a breathing

too quiet to hear.”

–  Denise Levertov, The Breathing  

“Leaves like rusty tin

for the desolate mind that has seen the end—

the barest glimmerings.

Leaves aswirl with gulls

made wild by winter.”

–  George Seferis, On a Ray of Winter Light

“Then sing, young hearts that are full of cheer,

With never a thought of sorrow;

The old goes out, but the glad young year

Come merrily tomorrow.”

–  Emily Miller

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“May the pot of prosperity boil over

May the Pongal that we cook,

the fragrance of turmeric

the taste of sugarcane, ginger and honey

Bring the joy of Pongal into our homes

May the blessings of the Sun God flood our lives.”

–  Bawarchi: Indian Festivals: Pongal

“The twelve months…

Snowy, Flowy, Blowy,

Showery, Flowery, Bowery,

Hoppy, Croppy, Droppy,

Breeze, Sneezy, Freezy.”

 George Ellis  

“Every man should be born again on the first day of January.  Start with a fresh page.  Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first day of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past.”

–  Henry Ward Beecher  

“The Old Year has gone.  Let the dead past bury its own dead.  The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time.  All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months!”  

–  Edward Payson Powell

“The times are nightfall, look, their light grows less;

The times are winter, watch, a world undone:

They waste, they wither worse; they as they run

Or bring more or more blazon man’s distress.

And I will not help.

Nor word now of success:

All is from wreck, here, there, to rescue one—

Work which to see scarce so much as begun

Makes welcome death, does dear forgetfulness.

Or what is else?

There is your world within.

There rid the dragons, root out there the sin.

Your will is law in that small commonweal…”

–  Gerard Manley Hopkins, The Times Are Nightfall, Look, Their Light Grows Less

“That grand old poem called Winter”

–  Henry David Thoreaqu

“January brings the snow,

Makes our feet and fingers glow.”

–  Sara Coleridge, Pretty Lessons in Verse

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire:  it is the time for home.” 

 Edith Sitwell  

“In the sniffed and poured snow on the tip of the tongue of the year

That clouts the spittle like bubbles with broken rooms,

An enamoured man alone by the twigs of his eyes, two fires,

Camped in the drug-white shower of nerves and food,

Savours the lick of the times through a deadly wood of hair

In a wind that plucked a goose,

Nor ever, as the wild tongue breaks its tombs,

Rounds to look at the red, wagged root.”

–  Dylan Thomas, January, 1939

“Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour.” 

 John Boswell

“Antisthenes says that in a certain faraway land the cold is so intense that words freeze as soon as they are uttered,

and after some time then thaw and become audible, so that words spoken in winter go unheard until the next summer.”

 Plutarch, Moralia   

“We stand watching the yellow leaves go queer,

flapping in the winter rain,

falling flat and washed. …

I tell you what you’ll never really know:

all the medical hypothesis

that explained my brain will never be as true as these

stuck leaves letting go.”

  Anne Sexton, The Double Image

“New Year’s eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights.”  

–  Hamilton Wright Mabie

“Catch, then, oh catch the transient hour;

Improve each moment as it flies!

Life’s a short summer, man a flower;

He dies, alas! how soon he dies!”

–  Samuel Johnson, Winter – An Ode 

“Look into the garden,

Where the grass was green;

Covered by the snowflakes,

Not a blade is seen.

Now the bare black bushes

All look soft and white.

Every twig is laden-

What a pretty sight!”

“Winter is icumen in,

Lhude sing Goddamm,

Raineth drop and staineth slop,

And how the wind doth ramm !

Sing : Goddam.”

–  Ezra Pound, Ancient Music  

“Brew me a cup for a winter’s night.

For the wind howls loud and the furies fight;

Spice it with love and stir it with care,

And I’ll toast our bright eyes,

my sweetheart fair.”

–  Minna Thomas Antrim 

“Ice

on the earth, bitter

black frost, and a winding sheet of snow

upon her withered breast, and

deep within me, dread

and ice.”

–  Jessica MacBeth, Winter Poems

“Long yellow rushes bending

above the white snow patches;

purple and gold ribbon

of the distant wood:

what an angle

you make with each other as

you lie there in contemplation.”

–  William Carlos Williams, January Morning – XII

“Rain and wind, and wind and rain.

Will the Summer come again?

Rain on houses, on the street,

Wetting all the people’s feet,

Though they run with might and main.

Rain and wind, and wind and rain.

Snow and sleet, and sleet and snow.

Will the Winter never go?

What do beggar children do

With no fire to cuddle to,

Perhaps with nowhere warm to go?

Snow and sleet, and sleet and snow.

Hail and ice, and ice and hail,

Water frozen in the pail.

See the robins, brown and red,

They are waiting to be fed.

Poor dears, battling in the gale!

Hail and ice, and ice and hail.”

–  Katherine Mansfield, Winter Song 

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“No one ever regarded the First of January with indifference.  It is that from which all date their time, and count upon what is left.  It is the nativity of our common Adam.” 

–  Charles Lamb   

“There is nothing in the world more beautiful than the forest clothed to its very hollows in snow.  It is the still ecstasy of nature, wherein every spray, every blade of grass, every spire of reed, every intricacy of twig, is clad with radiance.”

–  William Sharp  

“The New Year, like an Infant Heir to the whole world, was waited for, with welcomes, presents, and rejoicings.”   

  Charles Dickens, The Chimes

“Of winter’s lifeless world each tree

Now seems a perfect part;

Yet each one holds summer’s secret

Deep down within its heart.”

 Charles G. Stater

“We meet today

To thank Thee for the era done,

And Thee for the opening one.”

–  John Greenleaf Whittier

“The first of January rolls around

Like clockwork it appears

I find it’s timing most profound

As it brings us each new year

Right on time, It’s never late

Has never ever blown it

Apparently this wise old date

Refuses to postpone it

Drink a toast to January one

For annual consistence

It’s coming means the old year’s done

Let’s drink to it’s persistence.”

–  Stanley Cooper, Happy New Year, 1926

“Clouded with snow

The cold winds blow,

And shrill on leafless bough

The robin with its burning breast

Alone sings now.

The rayless sun,

Day’s journey done,

Sheds its last ebbing light

On fields in leagues of beauty spread

Unearthly white.

Thick draws the dark,

And spark by spark,

The frost-fires kindle, and soon

Over that sea of frozen foam

Floats the white moon.”

–  Walter de La Mare, Winter  

“When the bold branches

Bid farewell to rainbow leaves –

Welcome wool sweaters.”

–  B. Cybrill

“In January

it’s so nice

while slipping

on the sliding ice

to sip hot chicken soup with rice.

Sipping once

Sipping twice.”

 Maurice Sendak, In January

“Frozen puddles–

the crack of axes

from four directions.

January sun–

puddle after puddle

becomes mud.”  

–  Michael P. Garofalo, Cuttings – January  

 125+ January quotes and poems

Conclusions 

January is seen as a new beginning, new opportunities, another chance,  for the vast majority of us.

I hope these poems and quotes about January will inspire you and motivate you to do your best this year, too.

Which one did you like? Tell me in the comments!

125+ January quotes and poems

Nadejda Romanciuc

Nadejda Romanciuc holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a diploma in Addiction studies. She is part of the Romanian Association of Integrative Psychotherapy as a psychotherapist under supervision. She's practicing online counselling for over two years and is a strong advocate for mental health.