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The best book on programming for the layman is ...
by Alan Perlis

The best book on programming for the layman is "Alice in Wonderland";
but that's because it's the best book on anything for the layman.
- Alan Perlis

If your computer speaks English, it was probably made in Japan.
- Alan Perlis

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

In software systems it is often the early bird that makes the worm.
- Alan Perlis

 

In computing, turning the obvious into the useful is
a living definition of the word "frustration".
- Alan Perlis

A year spent in artificial intelligence is enough to make one believe in God.
- Alan Perlis

A programming language is low level when its programs
require attention to the irrelevant.
- Alan Perlis

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

Don't have good ideas if you aren't willing to be responsible for them.
- Alan Perlis

Fools ignore complexity.
Pragmatists suffer it.
Some can avoid it.
Geniuses remove it.
- Alan Perlis

We toast the Lisp programmer who pens his thoughts
within nests of parentheses.
- Alan Perlis

The computing field is always in need of new cliches.
- Alan Perlis

In English every word can be verbed.
Would that it were so in our programming languages.
- Alan Perlis

LISP programmers know the value of everything and the cost of nothing.
- Alan Perlis

One man's constant is another man's variable.
- Alan Perlis

Every program has two purposes: The one for which it
was written and another for which it wasn't.
- Alan Perlis

A picture is worth 10K words - but only those to describe the picture.
Hardly any sets of 10K words can be adequately described with pictures.
- Alan Perlis

It is easier to change the specification to fit the program than vice versa.
- Alan Perlis

Is it possible that software is not like anything else,
that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point
is to always see it as a soap bubble?
- Alan Perlis

You can measure a programmer's perspective by noting
his attitude on the continuing vitality of FORTRAN.
- Alan Perlis

If a listener nods his head when you're explaining your program,
wake him up.
- Alan Perlis

Simplicity does not precede complexity,
but follows it.
- Alan Perlis

Some programming languages manage to absorb change,
but withstand progress.
- Alan Perlis

If you have a procedure with 10 parameters,
you probably missed some.
- Alan Perlis

It is easier to write an incorrect program than understand a correct one.
- Alan Perlis

Computer Science is embarrassed by the computer.
- Alan Perlis

It goes against the grain of modern education to teach students to program.
What fun is there to making plans, acquiring discipline,
organizing thoughts, devoting attention to detail,
and learning to be self critical.
- Alan Perlis

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

The best way to cheer yourself
is to try to cheer someone else up.
- Mark Twain

Life is best when I wish neither to hurry the future nor to slow it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The best and most beautiful things in the world
cannot be seen or even touched.
They must be felt with the heart.
- Helen Keller

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

The best cure for our own self-inflicted suffering
is often service to others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A common denominator of all religions is that
they have the power to bring out the best and the worst in people.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Knowing your own darkness is the best method
for dealing with the darknesses of other people.
- Carl Jung

Best Friends: we're a parade - even by ourselves!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

You may call God love, you may call God goodness.
But the best name for God is compassion.
- Meister Eckhart

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours.
- Irish Blessing

You have to accept whatever comes
and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage
and with the best that you have to give.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Ones best success comes after their greatest disappointments.
- Henry Ward Beecher

The price of success is hard work,
dedication to the job at hand,
and the determination that whether we win or lose,
we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
- Vince Lombardi

Today, I will do my best...
and then relax in the knowing
that I have done all I could.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I do the very best I know how -
the very best I can;
and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.
- Abraham Lincoln

The best relationship is one in which
your love for each other
exceeds your need for each other.
- Anonymous

The best way to destroy an enemy
is to make him a friend.
- Abraham Lincoln

An optimist is one who makes the best
of what he gets the worst of.
- Anonymous

I want it said of me by those who knew me best,
that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower
where I thought a flower would grow.
- Abraham Lincoln

If a man empties his purse into his head,
no man can take it away from him.
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
- Benjamin Franklin

The best of a book is not the thought which it contains,
but the thought which it suggests;
just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones
but in the echoes of our hearts.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Success comes from knowing that
you did your best to become the best
that you are capable of becoming.
- John Wooden

My experience has been that work is
almost the best way to pull oneself out of the depths.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Be yourself. There is nothing more for you to do
than to be the best YOU that you can be -
with no imitation, no pretense, no guilt, no shame.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Experience is the best teacher.
- Proverb

It is no use saying, "We are doing our best."
You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.
- Winston Churchill

Doing your best is taking the action because you love it,
not because you're expecting a reward
- don Miguel Ruiz

In the practice of tolerance,
one's enemy is the best teacher.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Do the best you can. Be proud of your accomplishments -
without comparing yourself to others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Success often grows best in the fertile soil of failure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is best to avoid the beginnings of evil.
- Henry David Thoreau

Give the world the best you have
and it may never be enough.
Give the world your best anyway.
- Mother Teresa

A man's good name is his best monument
- from an old churchyard at Lockerbie, Scotland

The best is yet to come.
- Ernest Holmes

Always do your best.
- don Miguel Ruiz

The best way to predict the future is to create it.
- Peter F. Drucker

If you're doing your best,
you won't have any time to worry about failure.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

The fox has many tricks.
The hedgehog has but one.
But that is the best of all.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The best way to find yourself
is to lose yourself
in the service of others.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

There are some things you learn best in calm,
and some in storm.
- Willa Cather

Things turn out best for the people
who make the best of the way things turn out.
- Art Linkletter


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