Quotes Collected by Ken Knowlton


Code implements the policy of the author.
     —  Brian Behlendorf

One of the most important aspects of any computing tool is its influence on the thinking habits of those who try to use it.
     — E. W. Dijkstra

To err is human but to really foul things up requires a computer.
     — Farmers' Almanac

The computer is no better than its program.
     — Elting Elmore Morison

A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing.
     — Alan Perlis

Computers are uninteresting; they only give you answers.
     — Pablo Picasso

Real Programmers don't play tennis, or any sport that requires you to change clothes. Mountain climbing is OK, and real programmers always wear their climbing boots to work in case a mountain should suddenly spring up in the middle of a machine room.
     — Ed Post

Not only computer-based art work, but the computing medium itself is an obvious product of the cultures that create it.
     —  Anne Morgan Spalter

When using graphics software, you should ask yourself, For whom was this program developed? This question is important because it determines what the software lets you do and tries to make you do; what it makes easy and what it makes prohibitively difficult.
     — Anne Morgan Spalter

Every significant computer system puts in place a working order, and we then live within it.
     — Ellen Ullman

If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilization.
     — Gerald Weinberg

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