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It is easier to write an incorrect program than ...
by Alan Perlis

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Computer Science is embarrassed by the computer.
- Alan Perlis

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

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

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

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

The computing field is always in need of new cliches.
- 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 laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To leave the world a bit better ...
to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is easier to put on slippers
than to carpet the entire world
- Al Franken

The less I take the difficulties of my life as personal affront,
and the more I use them as an opportunity to learn and grow...
the easier I sleep at night.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.
- Benjamin Franklin

It is often easier to ask for forgiveness
than to ask for permission.
- Grace Hopper

If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it.
It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.
- Grace Hopper

To know even one life has
breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.
- Samuel Butler

Persevere in moving toward highly worthwhile but difficult goals.
In smaller issues, take an easier course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In soloing - as in other activities -
it is far easier to start something
than it is to finish it.
- Amelia Earhart

In many ways, it is easier to be a good giver than a good receiver.
The giver chooses the gift and the timing.
More important, societal and religious traditions
tend to elevate the status of giver and lower the status of receiver.
When the Bible (Acts 20:32-35) speaks of it being
more blessed to give than to receive,
I believe that a better translation might be
"take" rather than "receive," as the context
of that passage is "coveting."
Certainly there is nothing blessed about coveting,
stealing, begging, or demanding,
however the skill of graciously receiving a freely offered gift
is another matter entirely.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Driving me away is easier than saying goodbye.
- Erica Jong

The second day of a diet is always easier than the first.
By the second day you're off it.
- Jackie Gleason

While you can and should keep your composure and happiness
regardless of circumstances - regardless of your friends,
family and co-workers - regardless of gossip, sarcasm, and negativity.
Nonetheless, life is much easier and more pleasant
when you spend as much time as possible
in the company of enthusiastic positive people -
not necessarily those who agree with you,
but those who respect your right to your point of view.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I would talk in iambic pentameter if it were easier.
- Howard Nemerov

It is much easier to become a father than to be one.
- Kent Nerburn

It's easier to force feed people than it is to give 'em what they want.
It makes more money.
- Merle Haggard

It's easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Computers make it easier to do a lot of things,
but most of the things they make it easier to do don't need to be done.
- Andy Rooney

It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion,
than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace.
- Andre Gide

It's far easier to forgive an enemy after you've got even with him.
- Olin Miller

I get along with guys; most of my friends are guys.
It's easier to trust men sometimes.
I only have a few close girlfriends that I trust.
- Paris Hilton

When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.
- Roy E. Disney

It is easier for a father to have children than for
children to have a real father.
- Pope John XXIII

Love thy neighbor -
and if he happens to be tall,
debonair and devastating,
it will be that much easier.
- Mae West

Nature teaches more than she preaches.
There are no sermons in stones.
It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral.
- John Burroughs

Art hurts.
Art urges voyages - and it is easier to stay at home.
- Gwendolyn Brooks

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
- William Blake

Giving birth was easier than having a tattoo.
- Nicole Appleton

"No" is always an easier stand than "Yes.
- Rosabeth Moss Kanter

There's way easier ways to make money,
let's just put it that way.
- Sebastian Bach

I want to warn anyone who sees the Peace Corps as an
alternative to the draft that life may well be easier
at Fort Dix or at apost in Germany than it will be with us.
- Sargent Shriver

How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
- Benjamin Disraeli

To be honest, it's easier for me to speak with an American accent.
- Radha Mitchell

This time, I took it easier.
I stood up before it so as not to crash again.
- Hermann Maier

It is much easier to find fault with others,
than to be faultless ourselves.
- Samuel Richardson

These guys were the best.
They were the best at their positions and made playing the game easier.
And at the same time it made it so much more enjoyable.
- Johnny Bench

I find my life is a lot easier the lower I keep everyone's expectations.
- Bill Watterson

The career doesn't get any easier.
A career stays tough.
- Dabney Coleman

We do not know, in most cases, how far social failure
and success are due to heredity,
and how far to environment.
But environment is the easier of the two to improve.
- John B. S. Haldane

If you serve well, your volleys are going to be so much easier.
It has got to do with confidence, obviously.
- Stefan Edberg

With what's happened in the world the last three years,
it's easier to see why it's become popular again to
diminish and revile Arabs and Muslims in American popular culture.
- Tony Shalhoub

People try much less hard to make a marriage work than
they used to fifty years ago.
Divorce is easier.
- Mary Wesley


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