Mary Beard On not knowing Arabic
From the Times Literary Supplement Blog Site
I can?t understand why people make such a fuss about not keeping New Year Resolutions. It?s always seemed to me that the whole point about them was precisely NOT to keep them. That is to say, broken resolutions are one of the ways we have for coming to terms with what we would like to do, but know that we never will. It?s a way of looking our own human frailty in the eye; of publicly acknowledging hopeless ambitions.
Giving up smoking? Losing weight? No. In my case the resolution in question is learning Arabic.