- See more at: blog.oup.com/2016/12/literary-new-years-resolutions/
It includes this from Fanny Burney*:
‘ . . 4. Go with the flow: “I opened the new year with what composure I could acquire…and I made anew the best resolutions I was equal to forming, that I would do what I could to curb all spirit of repining, and to content myself calmly—unresistingly, at least, with my destiny.”**
– In stoic fashion on 1 January 1787, the English satirical novelist resolves to content herself with her destiny. If you’re struggling to retain your composure this January, “be like Burney” and go with the flow . . ‘
* intimate friend of Hester Thrale - Queeney’ - Jack Aubrey’s maths teacher.
** She had been appointed second keeper of the robes to Queen Charlotte: ‘ . . Frances was compelled to work long hours, to attend her royal mistress through uneventful days and nights, and to live a life of dull routine, menial activity, and rigid protocol . . this uneventful tenor of living was finally shattered by the onset of the king's first serious attack of mental illness in 1788 . . ’ (DNB)