Computer Quotes And Sayings


Computer Quotes And Sayings

Here is a collection of computer quotes and sayings from various authors, celebrities, famous persons, and other sources compiled by for you to read and enjoy.

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

“Standards are always out of date.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

“To our human minds, computers behave less like rocks and trees than they do like humans, so we unconsciously treat them like people…. In other words, humans have special instincts that tell them how to behave around other sentient beings, and as soon as any object exhibits sufficient cognitive function, those instincts kick in and we react as though we were interacting with another sentient human being.”
– Alan Coope

“Run for your lives–the computers are invading. Awesomely powerful computers tackling ever more important tasks with awkward, old-fashioned interfaces. As these machines leak into every corner of our lives, they will annoy us, infuriate us, and even kill a few of us. In turn, we will be tempted to kill our computers, but we won’t dare because we are already utterly, irreversibly dependent on these hopeful monsters that make modern life possible.”
– Alan Cooper

“I think it is inevitable that people program poorly.  Training will not substantially help matters.  We have to learn to live with it.”
– Alan Perlis

“If you have a procedure with ten parameters, you probably missed some.”
– Alan Perlis 

“One day ladies will take their computers for walks in the park and tell each other, “My little computer said such a funny thing this morning.”
– Alan Turing

Imagination is more important than knowledge.  For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”
Albert Einstein

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

“Code generation, like drinking alcohol, is good in moderation.”
– Alex Lowe 

“If you don’t handle [exceptions], we shut your application down.  That dramatically increases the reliability of the system.”
– Anders Hejlsberg

“Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don’t need to be done.”
– Andy Rooney

“Now they can do all these magic things with computers. So you think you get to do something in a movie and you find out you don’t get to really do it.”
– Angelina Jolie

“Don’t document the problem, fix it.”
– Atli Björgvin Oddsson

“Tell me and I forget.  Teach me and I remember.  Involve me and I learn.”
– Benjamin Franklin

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

“Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven.  I don’t think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other.”
Bill Gates

“The computer was born to solve problems that did not exist before.”
– Bill Gates

“The Internet?  We are not interested in it.”
– Bill Gates

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”
– Bill Gates

“How rare it is that maintaining someone else’s code is akin to entering a beautifully designed building, which you admire as you walk around and plan how to add a wing or do some redecorating. More often, maintaining someone else’s code is like being thrown headlong into a big pile of slimy, smelly garbage.”
– Bill Venners

“Pessimists, we’re told, look at a glass containing 50% air and 50% water and see it as half empty.  Optimists, in contrast, see it as half full.  Engineers, of course, understand the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.”
– Bob Lewis

“On two occasions I have been asked, ‘If you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?’  I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.”
– Charles Babbage

“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

“Treat your password like your toothbrush.  Don’t let anybody else use it, and get a new one every six months.”
– Clifford Stoll

“It is only when they go wrong that machines remind you how powerful they are.”
– Clive James

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”

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

“Looking at code you wrote more than two weeks ago is like looking at code you are seeing for the first time.”
– Dan Hurvitz

“Sometimes … dreams are all that separate us from the machines.”
– Dan Simmons

“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

“Database:  the information you lose when your memory crashes.”
– Dave Barry

“Hardware:  where the people in your company’s software section will tell you the problem is.  Software:  where the people in your company’s hardware section will tell you the problem is.”
– Dave Barry

“I regularly read Internet user groups filled with messages from people trying to solve software incompatibility problems that, in terms of complexity, make the U.S. Tax Code look like Dr. Seuss.”
– Dave Barry

“Spreadsheet:  a kind of program that lets you sit at your desk and ask all kinds of neat “what if?” questions and generate thousands of numbers instead of actually working.”
– Dave Barry

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