Jacques Brel's Best Wishes for the New Year, 1968

Jacques Brel, 1929-1978 


 I wish you an endless list of dreams, and the furious desire to make some of them come true. 
I wish you to love what must be loved and to forget what must be forgotten.
 I wish you passions, I wish you silences. 
I wish you bird songs at dawn and chidren’s laughter. 
I wish you to respect people’s differences, because the value and merit of each often
 remains to be discovered. 
I wish you to refuse a stalemate, or the indifference and negative vertues of our time. 
And I wish you never to renounce the search, adventure, life, love, because life 
is an incredible adventure and no reasonable human being must renounce it 
without putting up a tough fight. 
I wish you most of all to be yourself, proud and happy, 
because happiness is our true destiny.

 Jacques Brel 
on January 1 1968 (Europe 1 radio)

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