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Fools ignore complexity.
by Alan Perlis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain,
and most fools do.
- Benjamin Franklin

Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.
- Albert Einstein

No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool.
Writers, alas, have to be fools in public,
while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks.
- Erica Jong

We must learn to live together as brothers
or perish together as fools.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Those who realize their folly are not true fools.
- Zhuangzi

I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons
out of the hands of fools.
Let's start with typewriters.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

The whole problem with the world is that
fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves,
but wiser people so full of doubts.
- Bertrand Russell

When it comes to cars, only two varieties of people are possible -
cowards and fools.
- Russell Baker

God has cared for these trees,
saved them from drought, disease, avalanches,
and a thousand tempests and floods.
But he cannot save them from fools.
- John Muir

History is an account, mostly false,
of events,
mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers,
mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
- Ambrose Bierce

Experience keeps a dear school,
but fools will learn in no other.
- Benjamin Franklin

The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly,
is to fill the world with fools.
- Herbert Spencer

But there comes a moment in everybody's life when he
must decide whether he'll live among the human beings or not -
a fool among fools or a fool alone.
- Thornton Wilder

Prejudices are what fools use for reason.
- Voltaire

In the days of Caesar, kings had fools and jesters.
Now network presidents have anchormen.
- Ted Koppel

Men who know themselves are no longer fools.
They stand on the threshold of the door of Wisdom.
- Henry Ellis

Every man must wear out at least one pair of fools shoes.
- Earl Derr Biggers

The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.
- Horace

Tomorrow is only found in the calendar of fools.
- Og Mandino

Fools rush in where incumbents fear to tread.
- Norman Ralph Augustine

You will be amused when you see that I have more than
once deceived without the slightest qualm of conscience,
both knaves and fools.
- Giacomo Casanova

A common mistake that people make when trying to design
something completely foolproof is to underestimate
the ingenuity of complete fools.
- Douglas Adams

The public!
the public!
how many fools does it require to make the public?
- Thomas Chalmers

Three things have been difficult to tame:
the oceans,
fools and women.
We may soon be able to tame the oceans;
fools and women will take a little longer.
- Spiro T. Agnew

Who were the fools who spread the story that brute
force cannot kill ideas? Nothing is easier.
And once they are dead they are no more than corpses.
- Simone Weil

Fools are more to be feared than the wicked.
- Queen Christina

Fortune, seeing that she could not make fools wise,
has made them lucky.
- Michel de Montaigne

Those who claim to have had happy lives seem to be silly fools.
- Taylor Caldwell

I'd rather be the king of kids, than the prince of fools.
- Jack Black

Politics will sooner or later make fools of everybody.
- Dick Armey

Words are the money of fools.
- Thomas Hobbes

Is not this whole world an illusion? And yet it fools everybody.
- Angela Carter

To limit the press is to insult a nation;
to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare
the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves.
- Claud-Adrian Helvetius

Silence is the virtue of fools.
- Francis Bacon

Drinking makes such fools of people,
and people are such fools to begin with that it's compounding a felony.
- Robert Benchley

Zeal is fit for wise men, but flourishes chiefly among fools.
- John Tillotson

To-morrow is the day when idlers work,
and fools reform, and mortal men lay hold on heaven.
- Aulus Persius Flaccus

For Forms of Government let fools contest;
whatever is best administered is best.
- Alexander Pope

Fools are my theme, let satire be my song.
- Lord Byron

In university they don't tell you that the greater
part of the law is learning to tolerate fools.
- Doris Lessing

Give fools their gold, and knaves their power;
let fortune's bubbles rise and fall;
who sows a field,
or trains a flower, or plants a tree,
is more than all.
- John Greenleaf Whittier

Bad experience is a school that only fools keep going to.
- Ezra Taft Benson

The God of Children and Fools:
There once was a man way up high,
who sat on his chair in the sky.
he called down to fool us,
and said he would rule us,
until we woke up bye and bye.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Men may live fools, but fools they cannot die.
- Edward Young


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