Shakespeare Story

20 Shakespeare-themed new year’s resolutions

  Let the words of Shakespeare himself guide you through the year ahead

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1. Be more optimistic

‘There live we as merry as the day is long.’
— Much Ado About Nothing

2. Take public transport more often

‘Traffic confound thee!’
— Timon of Athens

3. Party hard

‘To be up after midnight and to go to bed then, is early: so that to go to bed after midnight is to go to bed betimes.’
— Twelfth Night

Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank: Twelfth Night, 2016. Photographer: Cesare De Giglio

4. Learn to appreciate time to yourself

‘I myself am best when least in company.’
— Twelfth Night

5. Be more open about your feelings

‘I will wear my heart on my sleeve.’
— Othello

6. Lower your expectations

‘Oft expectation fails, and most oft there where most it promises.’
— All’s Well That Ends Well

7. Travel more

‘The world’s mine oyster.’
— The Merry Wives of Windsor

8. Face challenges head on

‘This is a step on which I must fall down, or else o’erleap. For in my way it lies.’
— Macbeth

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2019. Photographer: Tristram Kenton

9. Spend more time with friends and family

‘Give me your hands, if we be friends, and Robin shall restore amends.’
— A Midsummer Night’s Dream

10. Learn something new

‘Here let us breathe and haply institute a course of learning and ingenious studies.’
— The Taming of the Shrew

11. Stand up for yourself

‘Then I defy you, stars!’
— Romeo and Juliet

12. Laugh more

‘I was born to speak all mirth and no matter.’
— Much Ado About Nothing

Woman in blue gown looking at man wearing animal mask

Much Ado About Nothing, 2022. Photographer: Manual Harlan.

13. Believe in yourself

‘This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.’
— Hamlet

14. Save money

‘I say, put money in thy purse.’
— Othello

15. Be more honest

‘I must be cruel to be kind.’
— Hamlet

Love’s Labour’s Lost, 2018. Photographer: Marc Brenner

16. Read more

‘Painfully to pore upon a book to seek the light of truth.’
— Love’s Labour’s Lost

17. Be more minimalist

‘All that glisters is not gold.’
— The Merchant of Venice

18. Get organised

‘The readiness is all.’
— Hamlet

19. Be more generous

‘My good will is great, though the gift small.’
— Pericles

20. Do more exercise

‘To-morrow, sir, I wrestle for my credit.’
— As You Like It

As You Like It, 2019. Photographer: Helen Murray