Oliver Wendell Holmes

“The young man knows the rules but the old man knows the exceptions.” ― Oliver Wendell Holmes

I agree with this quote as it suggests that experience brings knowledge and understanding that cannot be gained solely through learning the rules. The older we get, the more likely we are to have encountered unique situations that challenge established norms, and this experience can help us better navigate complex issues in the future.

“A mind that is stretched by new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” ― Oliver Wendell Holmes

I completely agree with this quote as it highlights the transformative power of new experiences. When we are exposed to new ideas, perspectives, and ways of thinking, our minds expand and evolve, making it difficult to go back to our old ways of thinking. The more we expose ourselves to new experiences, the more we grow and develop as individuals.

“I look at man through Malthus’s glasses –as like flies– here swept away by pestilence – there multiplying unduly and paying for it. I think morals are not the last word but only a check for varying intensity upon force, which seems to me likely to remain the ultimate as far as I can look ahead.” ― Oliver Wendell Holmes

I think this quote suggests a somewhat cynical view of humanity, viewing us as mere insects subject to the whims of nature and natural selection. While I believe that morality is essential in creating a just and equitable society, I also recognize that force and power often play a significant role in shaping the world around us. 

However, I would hesitate to suggest that force will always be the ultimate determining factor, as human beings are capable of great acts of compassion, empathy, and cooperation.

“Certainty generally is an illusion, and repose is not the destiny of man.” ― Oliver Wendell Holmes

I agree with this quote, as it suggests that uncertainty is an inherent part of the human experience. We cannot know everything with absolute certainty, and it is often through embracing uncertainty that we are able to grow and learn as individuals. 

Additionally, the idea that repose, or rest and relaxation, is not our destiny emphasizes the importance of staying engaged and active throughout our lives.