Wednesday, December 6, 2006
A student just stopped by, having just turned in a take-home exam for someone else, and now doing a post-mortem on everything that went wrong, no doubt to the detriment of study for the next exam. I turned to the adages I store on my PDA, and pulled out one we were taught by the late great John Kaplan* at Stanford:
"The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it."
- The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
* For a lovely remembrance of Professor Kaplan (the first law professor ever to call on me), see "A Student Remembers," 42 Stan. L. Rev. 847, 852 (1990), by my friend and colleague at Tulane, Jancy Hoeffel.