Happy New Year my friends! To celebrate the coming year I thought I’d share some practical new year’s resolutions. Who better than the Bard himself to give us sound advice?
I wish I could take credit for these gems but I cannot. This list comes to you thanks to No Sweat Shakespeare.
10 Shakespeare-related new year’s resolutions for the year ahead:
- 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
- Do what you fear – “Boldness be my friend. Arm me, audacity, from head to foot.” – Cymbeline, Act I, Scene 6
- Love your enemies – “Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot that it doth singe yourself.” – Henry VIII, Act I, Scene 1
- 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
- Be patient – “How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?” – Othello, Act II, Scene 3
- Be positive – “It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.” – Hamlet, Act II, Scene 2
- Use time more wisely – “I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.” – Richard II, Act V, Scene 5
- 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
- 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
- Seize 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