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In English every word can be verbed.
by Alan Perlis

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

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

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

A year spent in artificial intelligence is enough to make one believe in God.
- 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 computing, turning the obvious into the useful is
a living definition of the word "frustration".
- Alan Perlis

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

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

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

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

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

Computer Science is embarrassed by the computer.
- Alan Perlis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where there's a will, there's a way.
- old English proverb

Comparisons are odious.
- old English Proverb

Anger is often more hurtful than the injury that caused it.
- English Proverb

FEAR is an acronym in the English language
for "False Evidence Appearing Real."
- Neale Donald Walsch

My father and he had one of those English friendships
which begins by avoiding the intimacies
and eventually eliminates speech altogether.
- Jorge Luis Borges

One of the greatest cause of unhappiness -
perhaps even the only cause of unhappiness - is comparison.
I remember as a young child hearing my mother say,
"Comparisons are odious."
That is one of the oldest sayings in the English language,
and one of the most important.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Drawing on my fine command of the English language,
I said nothing.
- Robert Benchley

The only thing that I'd rather own than Windows is English,
because then I could charge you two hundred and forty-nine
dollars for the right to speak it.
- Scott McNealy

It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which
occur more frequently in memory than in life.
- P. D. James

The most important words in the English language
are not "I love you" but "It's benign."
- the Woody Allen movie Deconstructing Harry

I'm an advocate of the great Dr. Johnson, the English
man of letters who said that patriotism was the last refuge of the scoundrel.
- George Galloway

All hockey players are bilingual.
They know English and profanity.
- Gordie Howe

We have always found the Irish a bit odd.
They refuse to be English.
- Winston Churchill

There is the fear, common to all English-only speakers,
that the chief purpose of foreign languages is to make fun of us.
Otherwise, you know, why not just come out and say it?
- Barbara Ehrenreich

The English language has a deceptive air of simplicity;
so have some little frocks; but they are both not the
kind of thing you can run up in half an hour with a machine.
- Dorothy L. Sayers

I think now, more than anytime I can remember,
bands are sounding pretty similar whether they're English or American,
from Manchester or London...
or Leeds or Welsh or Irish.
- Graham Coxon

The English think they are free.
They are free only during the election of members of parliament.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

Well, I'm having a good time.
Which makes me feel guilty too.
How very English.
- David Attenborough

John Henry Newman was as English as roast beef,
even if he lacked a passion for cricket.
- Clifford Longley

The English can be a very critical, unforgiving people,
but criticism can be good.
And this is a country that loves comedy.
- Bjork

England and Greece are friends.
English blood was shed on Greek soil in the war against fascism,
and Greeks gave their lives to protect English pilots.
- Melina Mercouri

Seeing The English Patient is wonderfully draining,
but imagine acting in it for six months.
- Kristin Scott Thomas

My parents were born in Norfolk and spent their early
years working in the big houses of that rural English county,
my mother as a cook and my father as a handyman and chauffeur.
- Paul Nurse

If Wellington epitomizes the English gentleman,
Eisenhower epitomizes the natural American gentleman.
- John Keegan

The English press treated the world premiere of my
first talking picture as a major event.
- Gloria Swanson

We lived on a farm in the English countryside,
where we wrote a lot of our music.
You really were treated like an artist during those days-not like product,
which is now the mode.
- Gary Wright

I was a terrible English student.
- Leon Uris

There's a focus that hasn't been there for ages and
ages and some American bands are sounding quite English
like they did in the late 70s and early 80s.
- Graham Coxon

The insular arrogance of the English character is a commonplace joke.
- Goldwin Smith

Many Continentals think life is a game;
the English think cricket is a game.
- George Mikes

Others may use the ocean as their road;
Only the English make it their abode.
- Edmund Waller

Speaks cheerful English and in the past has written
this language with a paintbrush that talks.
- Jimmy Breslin

On the day of the show, I sit down with someone that
speaks very good English and someone who speaks the
local language very well and work out what I'm going to say.
- Phil Collins

I have lived and slept in the same bed with English
countesses and Prussian farm women...
no woman has excited passions among women more than I have.
- Florence Nightingale

But the citizens of Cincinnati loved their Reds because they won,
no matter what their addresses had been the year before.
They rooted for the Old-English 'C' on the players' shirts.
- John Thorn

It took me a year to really learn the American lingo.
I really feel for people who are coming here and don't speak English at all.
It must be hell.
- Helen Reddy

For over ten years I always had, but I don't speak English.
- Zhang Yimou

I like the English.
They have the most rigid code of immorality in the world.
- Malcolm Bradbury

Sometimes I feel I can't quite master my written and spoken Spanish,
because I'm too much a student of English.
I would need another lifetime to learn it.
- Sandra Cisneros

Yes, for my undergrad I majored in Criminal Justice
and minored in Political Science and English.
- Matthew McGrory

I was playing rugby and the other games English school children do,
and there was an event in which races were run,
and I won these by a considerable margin.
- Roger Bannister

No people in the world can make you feel so small as the English.
- Robertson Davies

More than 300 million people in the world speak English and the rest,
it sometimes seems, try to.
- Bill Bryson

The Divinity could be invoked as well in the English
language as in the French.
- Wilfrid Laurier


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