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It goes against the grain of modern education to ...
by 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

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

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

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

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

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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

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 write an incorrect program than understand a correct one.
- Alan Perlis

Simplicity does not precede complexity,
but follows it.
- 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 a listener nods his head when you're explaining your program,
wake him up.
- Alan Perlis

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

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

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

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

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

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

Computer Science is embarrassed by the computer.
- 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

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

A sin is anything you do which goes against yourself
- don Miguel Ruiz

I wrap the potential for bitterness,
resentment, martyrdom in the blanket of forgiveness
and just set it down.
Then it just melts in the warmth. And goes away.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The man who goes alone can start today;
but he who travels with another
must wait till that other is ready.
- Henry David Thoreau

Just smiling goes a long way toward
making you feel better about life.
And when you feel better about life, your life is better.
- Art Linkletter

If you talk to a man in a language he understands,
that goes to his head.
If you talk to him in his language,
that goes to his heart.
- Nelson Mandela

Take a chance! All life is a chance.
The man who goes farthest is generally
the one who is willing to do and dare.
- Dale Carnegie

I'm at an age when my back goes out more than I do.
- Phyllis Diller

Give a boy address and accomplishments
and you give him the mastery
of palaces and fortunes where he goes.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true.
I am not bound to succeed,
but I am bound to live by the light that I have.
I must stand with anybody that stands right,
and stand with him while he is right,
and part with him when he goes wrong.
- Abraham Lincoln

Sometimes our light goes out but
is blown into flame by another human being.
Each of us owes deepest thanks
to those who have rekindled this light.
- Albert Schweitzer

At times our own light goes out
and is rekindled by a spark from another person.
Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude
of those who have lighted the flame within us.
- Albert Schweitzer

Men kick friendship around like a football,
but it doesn't seem to crack.
Women treat it like glass and it goes to pieces.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Stand with anybody that stands right,
stand with him while he is right
and part with him when he goes wrong.
- Abraham Lincoln

When you get into a tight place
and everything goes against you,
till it seems you cannot hold on a minute longer,
never give up then, for that is just
the place and time the tide will turn.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

It is easy enough to be pleasant
When life flows by like a song,
But the man worth while is the one who will smile
When everything goes dead wrong.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Without stirring abroad,
One can know the whole world;
Without looking out of the window,
One can see the way of heaven.
The further one goes, The less one knows.
- Lao Tzu

Goes the song, "we change, we change."
But the music is still mine.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.
- Raymond Inmon

A New Year's resolution is something that
goes in one Year and out the other.
- Anonymous

In three words, I can sum up everything
I've learned about life - it goes on.
- Robert Frost

In everyone's life, at some time,
our inner fire goes out.
It is then burst into flame
by an encounter with another human being.
We should all be thankful for those people
who rekindle the inner spirit.
- Albert Schweitzer

Mind is repetitive, mind always moves in circles.
Mind is a mechanism: you feed it with knowledge,
it repeats the same knowledge,
it goes on chewing the same knowledge again and again.
No-mind is clarity, purity, innocence.
No-mind is the real way to live,
the real way to know, the real way to be.
- Osho

Time goes by a lot slower when you miss the one you love.
- Anonymous

Whenever I feel the need to exercise,
I lie down until it goes away.
- Robert Maynard Hutchins

You read a script and its based on 'Reservoir Dogs' and 'Pulp Fiction',
and it goes right in the bin.
- Tim Roth

If net neutrality goes away, it will fundamentally
change everything about the Internet.
- James Hilton

Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning
the instrument as one goes on.
- Samuel Butler

The price of every thing rises and falls from time
to time and place to place;
and with every such change the purchasing power of
money changes so far as that thing goes.
- Alfred Marshall

It's a funny thing that when a man hasn't anything on earth to worry about,
he goes off and gets married.
- Robert Frost

Life repeats itself mindlessly -
unless you become mindful, it will go on repeating like a wheel.
That's why Buddhists call it the wheel of life and death,
the wheel of time.
It moves like a wheel: birth is followed by death,
death is followed by birth;
love is followed by hate, hate is followed by love;
success is followed by failure,
failure is followed by success. Just see!
If you can watch just for a few days,
you will see a pattern emerging, a wheel pattern.
One day, a fine morning, you are feeling so good and so happy,
and another day you are so dull,
so dead that you start thinking of committing suicide.
And just the other day you were so full of life,
so blissful that you were feeling thankful to God,
that you were in a mood of deep gratefulness,
and today there is great complaint
and you don't see the point why one should go on living...
And it goes on and on, but you don't see the pattern.
Once you see the pattern, you can get out of it.
- Osho

Any intelligent woman who reads the marriage contract,
and then goes into it, deserves all the consequences.
- Isadora Duncan

Kindness goes a long ways lots of times when it ought to stay at home.
- Kin Hubbard

Population, when unchecked, goes on doubling itself
every 25 years or increases in a geometrical ratio.
- Thomas Malthus

When the traveler goes alone he gets acquainted with himself.
- Liberty Hyde Bailey

Personal transformation can and does have global effects.
As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us.
The revolution that will save the world
is ultimately a personal one.
- Marianne Williamson

Time goes, you say? Ah, no!
alas, time stays, we go.
- Henry Austin Dobson

Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights;
it is a change that goes on,
deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.
- Miriam Beard

When a man goes through six years training to be a
doctor he will never be the same.
He knows too much.
- Enid Bagnold

Wars and elections are both too big and too small to matter in the long run.
The daily work - that goes on, it adds up.
- Barbara Kingsolver

Fame will go by and, so long, I've had you,
fame.
If it goes by, I've always known it was fickle.
So at least it's something I experience,
but that's not where I live.
- Marilyn Monroe

Without work, all life goes rotten.
But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.
- Albert Camus

It's very strange that most people don't care if their
knowledge of their family history only goes back three generations.
- Doug Coupland

Don't gamble; take all your savings and buy some good
stock and hold it till it goes up,
then sell it.
If it don't go up, don't buy it.
- Will Rogers

Baseball is a public trust.
Players turn over, owners turn over and certain commissioners turn over.
But baseball goes on.
- Peter Ueberroth


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