Quotes

General

“Don’t worry about people stealing an idea. If it’s original, you will have to ram it down their throats” – Howard H. Aiken

“If you don’t know where you’re going, you’re unlikely to end up there.” – Forrest Gump

“I know you believe you understood what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize what you heard is not what I meant.” – Unknown

“I have always felt, that the Geneva Convention is a dangerous piece of stupidity, because it leads people to believe that war can be civilized. It can’t.” – Capt. John Tonkin

“Check the spelling, first automatically and then by hand. After awl, their are spelling miss steaks that the chequer can knot ketch.” – The Pragmatic Programmer

“When everybody actually is out to get you, paranoia is just good thinking.” – The Pragmatic Programmer

“Professionals are predictable, it’s the amateurs that are dangerous.” – Unknown

“Never forget that your weapon is made by the lowest bidder.” – Unknown

“My friend, the panda will never fulfill his destiny, nor you yours until you let go of the illusion of control” – Oogway, “Kung Fu Panda”.

“There is a saying: yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present” – Oogway, “Kung Fu Panda”.

“Humans! They lived in the world where the grass continued to be green and the sun rose every day and flowers regularly turned into fruit, and what impressed them? Weeping statues. And wine made out of water! A mere quantum-mechanistic tunnel effect, that’d happen anyway if you were prepared to wait zillions of years. As if the turning of sunlight into wine, by means of vines and grapes and time and anzymes, wasn’t a thousand times more impressive and happened all the time…”
― Terry PratchettSmall Gods

“People don’t like change. But make the change fast enough and you go from one type of normal to another.” ― Terry Pratchett, “Making Money”

“Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.” – Plato

“As a slow-witted human being I have a very small head and I had better learn to live with it and to respect my limitations and give them full credit, rather than try to ignore them, for the latter vain effort will be punished by failure.” – Edsger W. Dijkstra

“Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.” – Niels Bohr

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Being a professional is not having a title. Being a professional is knowing what you are doing” – Unknown

“Beware of scientific fundamentalists who try to tell you everything is pretty much worked out, and only a few routine details are left to do. It is just when the majority of scientists believe such things that the next revolution in our world-view creeps into being…” – Terry Pratchett, “The Science of Discworld”

“Things are the way they are because they got that way” – Gerald Weinberg

“‘Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?’ he heard his own voice saying, small and far away. And his father’s void replied to him. ‘That is the only time a man can be brave’ – Bran, Game of Thrones, Book one of A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R. R. Martin

“A goal is a dream with a deadline” – Napoleon Hill

“My definition of an expert in any field is a person who knows enough about what’s really going on to be scared.” – P. J. Plauger

“A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.” – attributed to Thomas Jefferson

“A miracle is something that seems impossible but happens anyway” – Griffin, Men In Black 3

“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity” – Hanlon’s razor

“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

“The mind takes shortcuts informed by our surroundings to make quick and sometimes erroneous judgments.” – Nir Eyal, Hooked

“Someone’s driving. It’s either you, going where you choose, or someone else, pushing you.” – Seth Godin

Programming (and Tech in general)

“It has been discovered that C++ provides a remarkable facility for concealing the trivial details of a program – such as where its bugs are.” – David Keppel

“The only way for errors to occur in a program is by being put there by the author. No other mechanisms are known. Programs can’t acquire bugs by sitting around with other buggy programs.” – Harlan Mills

“There are two ways to write error-free programs; only the third one works.” – Alan J.Perlis

“Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place. Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are, by definition, not smart enough to debug it.” – Brian W. Kernighan.

“Always code as if the guy who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live.” – Martin Golding

“Computer Science: A study akin to numerology and astrology, but lacking the precision of the former and the success of the latter.” – Stan Kelly-Bootle

“It is a cliché in our business that the first 90 percent of the work is easy, the second 90 percent wears you down, and the last 90 percent – the attention to detail – makes a good product.” – Ron Avitzur

“Ten years ago, researchers into formal methods (and I was the most mistaken among them) predicted that the programming world would embrace with gratitude every assistance promised by formalisation to solve the problems of reliability that arise when programs get large and more safety-critical. Programs have now got very large and very critical — well beyond the scale which can be comfortably tackled by formal methods. There have been many problems and failures, but these have nearly always been attributable to inadequate analysis of requirements or inadequate management control. It has turned out that the world just does not suffer significantly from the kind of problem that our research was originally intended to solve.” – Sir Charles Antony Richard Hoare

“There are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies” – Sir Charles Antony Richard Hoare, 1980 ACM Turing Award Lecture

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Sir Arthur C. Clarke

“Data is ones and zeroes | Software is ones and zeroes and hard work” – The Third Bit

“The problem with quick and dirty, is that the dirty remains long after the quick has been forgotten” – Steve C. McConnell

Conway’s Law: “A system reflects the organizational structure that built it” – Melvin Conway

“If debugging is the process of removing software bugs, then programming must be the process of putting them in.” – Edsger Dijkstra

“Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand” – Martin Fowler

“Software undergoes beta testing shortly before it’s released. Beta is Latin for ‘still doesn’t work'” – Unknown

“Programming is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning” – Rich Cook

“The journeyman learns to solve bigger problems by solving more problems at once. The master learns to solve even bigger problems than that by solving fewer problems at once. Part of the wisdom is subdividing so that integrating the separate solutions will be a smaller problem than just solving them together” – Kent Beck

“The problem with object-oriented languages is they’ve got all this implicit environment that they carry around with them. You wanted a banana but what you got was a gorilla holding the banana and the entire jungle” – Joe Armstrong, interviewed in Coders at Work

Economics

“The problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people’s money” – Margaret Thatcher

“The stock market is very efficient in transferring wealth from the impatient to the patient” – Warren Buffet

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