Emerson, April 8, 1854

You must finish a term & finish every day, & be done with it.
For manners, & for wise living, it is a vice to remember.
You have done what you could — some blunders & absurdities
no doubt crept in forget them as fast as you can tomorrow is a new day.
You shall begin it well & serenely, & with too high a spirit to be cumbered
with your old nonsense. This day for all that is good & fair. It is too dear
with its hopes & invitations to waste a moment on the rotten yesterdays.
                                                                            Emerson — April 8, 1854