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New Year’s resolutions from Jonathan Swift to Marilyn Monroe

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Just because they’re household names didn’t mean they didn’t have their own personal to-do lists when the new year began, and Maria Popova has the inside scoop on the intentions of Jonathan Swift, Susan Sontag, Marilyn Monroe and Woody Guthrie to give you some inspiration for 2013.

Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels

Not to marry a young Woman.

Not to keep young Company unless they reely desire it.

Not to be peevish or morose, or suspicious.

Not to scorn present Ways, or Wits, or Fashions, or Men, or War, &c.

Not to be fond of Children, or let them come near me hardly.

Not to tell the same story over and over to the same People.

Not to be covetous.

Not to neglect decency, or cleenlyness, for fear of falling into Nastyness.

Marilyn Monroe

Must make effort to do

Must have the dicipline to do the following –

z — go to class — my own always — without fail

x — go as often as possible to observe Strassberg’s other private classes

g — never miss actor’s studio sessions

v — work whenever possible — on class assignments — and always keep working on the acting exercises

Full story at Brain Pickings.

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