"A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other” is a saying that has been printed on many images.The one-line saying has never been attributed to any author.
Jane Ace (1897-1974) of the American serial radio comedy Easy Aces was reported in the Brooklyn (NY) Daily Eagle on December 15, 1932 as saying:
“I’m not making any New Year’s resolutions. They just go in one year and out the other.”
Wikipedia: Easy Aces
Easy Aces, a long-running American serial radio comedy (1930–1945), was trademarked by the low-keyed drollery of creator and writer Goodman Ace and his wife, Jane, as an urbane, put-upon realtor and his malaprop-prone wife. A 15-minute program, airing as often as five times a week, Easy Aces wasn’t quite the ratings smash that such concurrent 15-minute serial comedies as Amos ‘n’ Andy, The Goldbergs, Lum and Abner, or Vic and Sade were. But its unobtrusive, conversational, and clever style, and the cheerful absurdism of its storylines, built a loyal enough audience of listeners and critics alike to keep it on the air for 15 years.
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15 December 1932, Brooklyn (NY) Daily Eagle, “Radio Dial-Log” by Jo Ranson, pg. 21, cols. 1-2:
“I’m not making any New Year’s resolutions,” says Jane Ace of “Easy Aces,” “They just go in one year and out the other.”
31 December 1932, Richmond (IN) Palladium and Sun-Telegram, “As a Woman Sees It,” pg. 7, col. 3:
Also I’m not making public any list of resolutions, for I agree with Jane Ace of the radio program “Easy Aces” that such resolutions “just go in one year, and out the other.”
-- and a Happy New Year.
2 January 1936, Seboygan (WI) Press, “And That’s That!” by W. J. P., pg. 20, col. 3:
Interference by another station rubbed out the Ben Bernie broadcast Tuesday night but we did catch several wisecracks to the effect that Walter Winchell was going to have a New Year’s party and might open up a couple of windows, and that New Year’s resolutions go in one year and out the other.
31 December 1937, Salem (OH) News, “Uncle Abner Says,” pg. 2, col. 3:
Most o’ th’ resolution made t-day go in one year an’ out th’ other.
5 January 1945, Akron (OH) Beacon Journal, “Around the Dial” by Dorothy Doran, pg. 17, col. 3:
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