New Year’s Day now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.
Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.
Men should pledge themselves to nothing; for reflection makes a liar of their resolution.
A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible.
New Year’s Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time.
In fact, my New Year’s resolution every year, and I’m Jewish so I get two New Years a year, is to meditate, and I fail every time.
I know. I’m lazy. But I made myself a New Year’s resolution that I would write myself something really special. Which means I have ’til December, right?
Never tell your resolution beforehand, or it’s twice as onerous a duty.
Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.
I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the year’s.
For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice.
I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticising, sanctioning and moulding my life, is too much of a daily event for me.
Now there are more overweight people in America than average-weight people. So overweight people are now average… which means, you have met your New Year’s resolution.
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(This story appears in the 10 January, 2014 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)
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