Happy New Year from Ricochet!


The year … has been a sharp reminder that men cannot escape from the command that they shall earn their bread by the sweat of their brow. We cannot for long reap when we have not sown. We cannot hold what we do not pay for. The law of service cannot be evaded or repealed. Nor is it yet in the power of man under any system of government he can adopt or any organization of society he can form to make this a perfect world.

But the ability to make the best of things, to secure progress, to learn from adversity is not to be disparaged or ignored. The creative energy of nature is not diminished but increased by the fallow season. Mankind requires a time for taking stock, for recuperation, for gathering energy for the next advance.

That is the significance of the new year. We take a new inventory to see what we have, we take new bearings to see where we are, we correct our conduct by new resolutions. After all due allowance for error and relapse, such a course guarantees improvement. Perhaps the best resolve is to live so that next year new resolutions will be unnecessary.

— Calvin Coolidge, December 31, 1930

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  1. James Lileks Contributor
    James Lileks

    1930 was a pivotal year. If only Cal had decided to run again. 

    Cal had a daily newspaper column, believe it or not. The front page of the Minneapolis Tribune ran it on the front page: “Thinking Things Over with Calvin Coolidge.”

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  2. Manny Coolidge

    Happy New Year all.  Of course at this moment in time, you’re assuming we’re all on the east coast.  ;)

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  3. Manny Coolidge

    This reading is a tradition for New Year’s Day at Catholic Mass.

    The LORD said to Moses:
    “Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them:
    This is how you shall bless the Israelites.
    Say to them:
    The LORD bless you and keep you!
    The LORD let his face shine upon
    you, and be gracious to you!
    The LORD look upon you kindly and
    give you peace!
    So shall they invoke my name upon the Israelites,
    and I will bless them.”

    -Nb 6:22-27

    May God bless all Ricochetti in this coming year.


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  4. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    Hippo Gnu Year, everyone!

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  5. Front Seat Cat Member
    Front Seat Cat

    Perfect quote. Biden should try to mumble that as his New Year’s message and would anyone get it??   Happy New Year Ricochet!

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  6. Eugene Kriegsmann Member
    Eugene Kriegsmann

    Good Morning and a Happy New Year to Ricochet and all of its members. So long as this exists there will always be a reservoir of sanity in the world. Thanks to all.

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  7. Stad Coolidge

    Back at cha!

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