My favorite quotes (I)

“My hands tell me what I am thinking.”
Pablo Picasso

“A distributed system is one in which the failure of a computer you didn’t even know existed can render your own computer unusable.”
Leslie Lamport

“You know you have achieved perfection in design, not when you have nothing more to add, but when you have nothing more to take away.”
Antoine de Saint Exupéry

“Never trust a computer you can’t lift.”
(anonymous)

“Language shapes the way we think and determines what we can think about.”
Benjamin Whorf

“To err is human. To blame it on a computer is even more.”
(anonymous)

“Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.”
(anonymous)

“Prediction is difficult, especially of the future.”
Niels Bohr

“A script is what you hand to the actors. A program is what you hand to the audience.”
Larry Wall

“Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”
Thomas J Watson

“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.”
Ken Olsen

“640 kb ought to be enough for anybody.”
Bill Gates

“Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.”
Wernher von Braun

“The truth is more important than the facts.”
Frank Lloyd Wright

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”
Albert Einstein

“In God we trust. All others we monitor.”
NSA

“Cryptology is about communication in the presence of adversaries.”
Ron Rivest

“If you would wish another to keep your secret, first keep it yourself.”
Hippolytus

“Software is like sex: it’s better when it’s free.”
Linus Torvalds

“The nice thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from.”
Andrew Tannenbaum

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”
Alan Kay

“My name is dump, core dump.”
(anonymous)

“All generalizations are false, including this one.”
Mark Twain

“If builders built houses the way programmers built programs, the first woodpecker to come along would destroy civilization.”
Gerald Weinberg

“The wise man doesn’t give the right answers, he poses the right questions.”
Claude Levi-Strauss

“When you trade freedom for security you get neither.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Why are you ruining my beautiful mathematics by choosing a lousy password?”
Bruce Schneier

“In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.”
(anonymous)

“She sells C shells by the seashore.”
(anonymous)

“It isn’t a bug. It’s a feature.”
Microsoft

“What you see is all you get.”
Brian Kernighan

“Seek simplicity, but distrust it.”
Alfred North Whitehead

“To be or not to be is true.”
George Boole

“Form follows function.”
Louis Sullivan

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

“I have made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter.”
Blaise Pascal

“The use of COBOL cripples the mind; its teaching should, therefore, be regarded as a criminal offence.”
Edsger Dijkstra

“What’s mind? No matter. What’s matter? Never mind.”
Bertrand Russell

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