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This page contains interesting quotes I've run across over the years (in no particular order).


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. The first method is far more difficult.

C.A.R. Hoare


The beginning of wisdom for a software engineer is to recognize the difference between getting a program to work, and getting it right.

M.A. Jackson


Computer science is as much about computers as astronomy is about telescopes.

Edsger Dijkstra


I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.

Bjarne Stroustrup


Ideals are like stars: you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafaring man on the ocean desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them, you reach your destiny.

Carl Schurz


It is just the little touches after the average man would quit that make the master's fame.

Orison Swett Marden


Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself.

Lois McMaster Bujold


Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.

Aldous Huxley


Men are wise in proportion not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.

James Boswell


Eighty percent of success is showing up.

Woody Allen


One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.

Andre Gide


Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.

Carl Sandberg


Opportunities are multiplied as they are seized.

Sun Tzu


That's the thing about people who think they hate computers. What they really hate is lousy programmers.

Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle in "Oath of Fealty"


To an engineer, a perfect circle is the only kind he can work with. To an artist, it is the only kind he can't.

Eolake Stobblehouse


Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Consistency is the refuge of the unimaginative.

Oscar Wilde


It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.

Abraham Lincoln


Speech is conveniently located midway between thought and action, where it often substitutes for both.

John Andrew Holmes


Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.

Jules de Gaultier


I think on-stage nudity is disgusting, shameful and damaging to all things American. But if I were 22 with a great body, it would be artistic, tasteful, patriotic and a progressive religious experience.

Shelley Winters


I cannot call to mind a single instance where I have ever been irreverent, except toward the things which were sacred to other people.

Mark Twain


Until you make peace with who you are, you'll never be content with what you have.

Doris Mortman


God doesn't require us to succeed; he only requires that you try.

Mother Teresa


The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.

William Shakespeare


Education: that which reveals to the wise, and conceals from the stupid, the vast limits of their knowledge.

Mark Twain


The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.

Francis H. Bradley


The most important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously. The first is imperative, and the second disastrous.

Margaret Fontey


Do you not see that, among human beauties, it is a very beautiful face and not rich ornaments that stop passers-by? Do you not see beautiful young people diminish their excellence with excessive ornamentation?

Leonardo da Vinci


Don't throw away the old bucket until you know whether the new one holds water.

Swedish Proverb


Those who dance are called insane by those who don't hear the music.

Eddie Vedder


The more you find out about the world, the more opportunities there are to laugh at it.

Bill Nye


True humor is fun - it does not put down, kid, or mock. It makes people feel wonderful, not separate, different, and cut off. True humor has beneath it the understanding that we are all in this together.

Hugh Prather


Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

Mark Twain


The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided.

Casey Stengel

© 2011 Marty Altman

Last updated: August 05, 2011