Material for Ralph Waldo Emerson’s writings were quite often taken from his well-organized and indexed personal journals, which he started while attending Harvard from age fourteen to his graduation at age eighteen. In the following two quotations he shares his belief that one’s past thoughts shouldn’t color one’s present or future thinking.

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you should begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”

“Speak what you think now in hard words and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson (1802-1882)

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