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December 23, 2018



We will encourage you to develop the three great virtues of a programmer: laziness, impatience, and hubris. - Larry Wall

Walking on water and developing software from a specification are easy if both are frozen. - Edward V Berard

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

Always code as if the guy who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live. - Rick Osborne

There are only two kinds of programming languages: those people always bitch about and those nobody uses. - Bjarne Stroustrup

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. - Antoine de Saint Exupéry

When debugging, novices insert corrective code; experts remove defective code. - Richard Pattis

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

Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand. - Martin Fowler

To err is human but to really foul up requires a computer. - Dan Rather

A computer will do what you tell it to do, but that may be much different from what you had in mind. - Joseph Weizenbaum

To iterate is human, to recurse divine. - L. Peter Deutsch

Sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice. - Clark's law, J. Porter Clark


The few who understand the system will either be so interested in its profits or be so dependent upon its favours that there will be no opposition from that class, while on the other hand, the great body of people, mentally incapable of comprehending the tremendous advantage that capital derives from the system, will bear its burdens without complaint, and perhaps without even suspecting that the system is inimical to their interests. - Unknown (often and wrongly attributed to a private communication from a Rothschild investment house in London to an associate banking firm in New York dated June 25, 1863)

I know of nothing more despicable and pathetic than a man who devotes all the hours of the waking day to the making of money for money's sake. - John D. Rockefeller, as quoted in Money and Class in America (1988) by Lewis H. Lapham, note to Ch. 8.