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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Simplicity does not precede complexity,
but follows it.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the practical world of computing,
it is rather uncommon that a program,
once it performs correctly and satisfactorily,
remains unchanged forever.
- Niklaus Wirth

Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Inc,
which set the computing world on its ear with the Macintosh in 1984.
- Kevin Mitnick

Computing is not about computers any more.
It is about living.
- Nicholas Negroponte

I have discovered that there are two types of command
interfaces in the world of computing:
good interfaces and user interfaces.
- Daniel J. Bernstein

In 20 or 30 years, you'll be able to hold in your hand
as much computing knowledge as exists now in the whole city,
or even the whole world.
- Douglas Engelbart

While I admire the insights of many of the people in the world of computing,
I get this cold feeling that I speak a different language.
- Clifford Stoll

I think computing power is ready to do 3D justice.
It was great for shooters and racing games in the past,
but I didn't think it was right for strategy games.
- Sid Meier

Back in 1995, Bill Gates himself didn't understand
that the internet was the direction computing was going.
- John Podhoretz

There are no projects per se in the Computing Sciences Research Center.
- Ken Thompson

The great advance of personal computers was not the
computing power per se but the fact that it brought it right to your face,
that you had control over it, that were confronted
with it and could steer it.
- Kevin Kelly

The utility model of computing - computing resources
delivered over the network in much the same way that
electricity or telephone service reaches our homes and offices today -
makes more sense than ever.
- Scott McNealy

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing,
there is a field. I will meet you there.
- Rumi

The quality of a man's life is in direct proportion
to his commitment to excellence,
regardless of his chosen field of endeavor.
- Vince Lombardi

If you build it, he will come.
- the movie Field of Dreams

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity.
Without it, no real success is possible,
no matter whether it is on a section gang,
a football field, in an army, or in an office.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

When prayer removes distrust and doubt
and enters the field of mental certainty,
it becomes faith; and the universe is built on faith.
- Ernest Holmes

When you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while waiting for you,
and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living.
When you can see that, you begin to meet people
who are in the field of your bliss,
and they open the doors to you.
I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid,
and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.
If you follow your bliss,
doors will open for you that wouldn't have opened for anyone else.
- Joseph Campbell

Home is where our loved ones are.
Home is not a structure, but the place that we feel comfortable,
the place we belong - the place of our loved ones.
A palace is not a home without loved ones.
A shack or an open field can be paradise
when shared with a loving family.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Success in almost any field depends more on energy
and drive than it does on intelligence.
This explains why we have so many stupid leaders.
- Sloan Wilson

My bottom is so big it's got its own gravitational field.
- Carol Vorderman

The Sweetest Strawberry:
A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger.
He fled, the tiger after him.
Coming to a precipice,
he caught hold of the root of a wild vine
and swung himself over the edge.
The tiger sniffed at him from above.
Trembling, the man looked down to where,
far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him.
Only the vine sustained him.
Two mice, one white and one black,
little by little started to gnaw away the vine.
The man then saw a luscious strawberry near him.
Grasping the vine with one hand,
he plucked the strawberry with the other.
How sweet it tasted.
- Zen Koan

My motto was always to keep swinging.
Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field,
the only thing to do was keep swinging.
- Hank Aaron

In the 1960s we were fighting to be recognized as equals in the marketplace,
in marriage, in education and on the playing field.
It was a very exciting, rebellious time.
- Marlo Thomas

The scenes on this field would have cured anybody of war.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color
purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.
- Alice Walker

Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man
can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.
- Ted Williams

I would say that IQ is the strongest predictor of which
field you can get into and hold a job in,
whether you can be an accountant, lawyer or nurse,
for example.
- Daniel Goleman

Baseball players are smarter than football players.
How often do you see a baseball team penalized for
too many men on the field?
- Jim Bouton

Why should we honour those that die upon the field
of battle? A man may show as reckless a courage in
entering into the abyss of himself.
- William Butler Yeats

Be open to the amazing changes which are occurring
in the field that interest you.
- Leigh Steinberg

Jack Lambert is mean and relentless wherever he goes,
on and off the field!
I do remember many times he would chase me in practice
but no way would I let him catch me.
- Franco Harris

In fact what I would like to see is thousands of computer
scientists let loose to do whatever they want.
That's what really advances the field.
- Donald Knuth

In the absence of a magnetic field the period of all
these oscillations is the same.
But as soon as the electron is exposed to the effect of a magnetic field,
its motion changes.
- Pieter Zeeman

The people in the villages had turned in on themselves.
You can understand it.
When you have a bad day on the field,
what do you do? Talk to your teammates.
- Ian Botham

I intend to fight to ensure that Connecticut workers
have a level playing field when competing for jobs.
- Christopher Dodd

Remember - you can't beam through a force field.
So, don't try it.
- William Shatner

When I started finishing games and coming off the field shaking hands,
it was a beautiful thing.
I mean, you start seeing that you're an important part of the team.
- Dennis Eckersley

This discovery convinced me of the power of crystallography
and led me to continue in this field.
- Robert Huber

If you were plowing a field, which would you rather
use? Two strong oxen or 1024 chickens?
- Seymoure Cray

On an exhausted field, only weeds grow.
- Henryk Sienkiewicz

The makers of entertainment must try,
in our field, to be honest and grown-up.
- Elia Kazan

I am a journalist in the field of etiquette.
I try to find out what the most genteel people regularly do,
what traditions they have discarded,
what compromises they have made.
- Amy Vanderbilt

The first job I had with the Smithsonian was as a field
researcher among African American communities in Southwest
Louisiana and Arkansas for the festival.
- Bernice Johnson Reagon

SF isn't a genre; SF is the matrix in which genres are embedded,
and because the SF field is never going in any one
direction at any one time,
there is hardly a way to cut it off.
- Larry Niven


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