10 Shakespearean New Years Resolutions

I was surfing around looking for some inspiration to write a blog post on Shakespeare & New Year when I came across a wonderful piece on Peter Pappas’ tax and Shakespeare-related blog. In it he discusses a whole range of New Years’ resolutions, based on a combination of traditional resolutions a Shakespeare quotes to back them up. So for 2013 here are the top 10 Shakespeare-related new years resolutions for the year ahead:

  1. Spend more time with the people you love – Absence from those we love is self from self – a deadly banishment.” – Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act III, Scene 1
  2. Do what you fear – “Boldness be my friend. Arm me, audacity, from head to foot.” –  Cymbeline, Act I, Scene 6
  3. Love your enemies – Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot that it doth singe yourself.” – Henry VIII, Act I, Scene 1
  4. Be helpful to others – How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.” – Merchant of Venice, Act V, Scene 1
  5. Be patient – “How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?” – Othello, Act II, Scene 3
  6. Be positive – “It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.” – Hamlet, Act II, Scene 2
  7. Use time more wisely – I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.” – Richard II, Act V, Scene 5
  8. Be tolerant of others – If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?” – Merchant of Venice, Act III, Scene 1
  9. Learn from your mistakes – Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head.” – As You Like It, Act II, Scene 1
  10. Sieze the day – There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.” – Julius Caesar, Act IV, Scene 3

Happy new year and best wishes for 2013 from all at NoSweatShakespeare!

4 replies
  1. ian
    ian says:

    Number 8 sounds like a misread of the text. Shylock wasn’t pleading for tolerance – he was making an excuse for his own misbehaviour.


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