101 More Great Computer Quotes


“Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.”
– Edsger W. Dijkstra

“Software is like entropy: It is difficult to grasp, weighs nothing, and obeys the Second Law of Thermodynamics; i.e., it always increases.”
– Norman Augustine

“Software is a gas; it expands to fill its container.”
– Nathan Myhrvold

“Standards are always out of date.  That’s what makes them standards.”
– Alan Bennett

“Physics is the universe’s operating system.”
– Steven R Garman

“It’s hardware that makes a machine fast.  It’s software that makes a fast machine slow.”
– Craig Bruce

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
– Stephen Hawking

“If people never did silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done.”
– Ludwig Wittgenstein

“If you think your users are idiots, only idiots will use it.”
– Linus Torvalds

“Computers are good at following instructions, but not at reading your mind.”
– Donald Knuth

“Let us change our traditional attitude to the construction of programs: Instead of imagining that our main task is to instruct a computer what to do, let us concentrate rather on explaining to human beings what we want a computer to do.”
– Donald E. Knuth

“In a room full of top software designers, if two agree on the same thing, that’s a majority.”
– Bill Curtis

“Mostly, when you see programmers, they aren’t doing anything.  One of the attractive things about programmers is that you cannot tell whether or not they are working simply by looking at them.  Very often they’re sitting there seemingly drinking coffee and gossiping, or just staring into space.  What the programmer is trying to do is get a handle on all the individual and unrelated ideas that are scampering around in his head.”
– Charles M. Strauss

“If you think you are worth what you know, you are very wrong.  Your knowledge today does not have much value beyond a couple of years.  Your value is what you can learn and how easily you can adapt to the changes this profession brings so often.”
– Jose M. Aguilar

“Programs must be written for people to read, and only incidentally for machines to execute.”
– Abelson and Sussman

“Less than 10% of the code has to do with the ostensible purpose of the system; the rest deals with input-output, data validation, data structure maintenance, and other housekeeping.”
– Mary Shaw

“Simplicity, carried to the extreme, becomes elegance.”
– Jon Franklin

“When you are stuck in a traffic jam with a Porsche, all you do is burn more gas in idle.  Scalability is about building wider roads, not about building faster cars.”
– Steve Swartz

“Programming without an overall architecture or design in mind is like exploring a cave with only a flashlight: You don’t know where you’ve been, you don’t know where you’re going, and you don’t know quite where you are.”
– Danny Thorpe

“The best way to predict the future is to implement it.”
– David Heinemeier Hansson

“Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.”
– Albert Einstein

“Good specifications will always improve programmer productivity far better than any programming tool or technique.”
– Milt Bryce

“The difference between theory and practice is that in theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.”
– Richard Moore

“When debugging, novices insert corrective code; experts remove defective code.”
– Richard Pattis

“UNIX is simple.  It just takes a genius to understand its simplicity.”
– Dennis Ritchie

“Passwords are like underwear: you don’t let people see it, you should change it very often, and you shouldn’t share it with strangers.”
– Chris Pirillo


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