Saturday, December 30, 2006

Quote of the Day, 12/30/06: New Year Resolutions

I don't make New Year Resolutions. Not because I don't believe in them, but because I can never come up with an idea for something really worth the special attention and commitment that the turning of a year would seem to compel. Here are a few quotes about resolutions.

James Agate
New Year's Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time.

Leonard Bernstein
From New Year's on the outlook brightens; good humor lost in a mood of failure returns. I resolve to stop complaining.

Eric Zorn
Making resolutions is a cleansing ritual of self-assessment and repentance that demands personal honesty and, ultimately, reinforces humility. Breaking them is part of the cycle.

Helen Fielding
I do think New Year's resolutions can't technically be expected to begin on New Year's Day, don't you? Since, because it's an extension of New Year's Eve, smokers are already on a smoking roll and cannot be expected to stop abruptly on the stroke of midnight with so much nicotine in the system. Also dieting on New Year's Day isn't a good idea as you can't eat rationally but really need to be free to consume whatever is necessary, moment by moment, in order to ease your hangover. I think it would be much more sensible if resolutions began generally on January the second.

1 comment:

Michele said...

I don't make New Year's resolutions either - partly because I consider the new year starts on September 1 (too many years in academia does that to your brain !)...

Besides I don't drink, smoke, party, watch TV, so my vices are few (and I'm beggared if I'll give up chocolate ! LOL)