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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Computer Science is embarrassed by the computer.
- Alan Perlis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you have a procedure with 10 parameters,
you probably missed some.
- 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 suppose I should learn Lisp, but it seems so foreign.
- Paul Graham

Real programmers can write assembly code in any language.
- Larry Wall

Sun's role in the grand scheme of development is to
work on the runtime environment and the APIs.
The tools we produce are much more for systems programmers,
not enterprise developers.
- John Fowler

Most good programmers do programming not because they
expect to get paid or get adulation by the public,
but because it is fun to program.
- Linus Torvalds

The standard library saves programmers from having to reinvent the wheel.
- Bjarne Stroustrup

The trouble with programmers is that you can never
tell what a programmer is doing until it's too late.
- Seymoure Cray

If programmers deserve to be rewarded for creating innovative programs,
by the same token they deserve to be punished if they
restrict the use of these programs.
- Richard Stallman

In the space of three weeks, I met a fair bunch of
the guys who were just starting those little programmers' co-ops,
and everybody was talking about starting businesses.
- Esther Dyson

The tastes of country music fans are not limited to
the narrow range defined by consultants and programmers
and record company moguls.
- Charley Pride

My duty as a teacher is to train, educate future programmers.
- Niklaus Wirth

Programmers can be lazy.
- Larry Wall

In the beginning, there were Real Programmers.
- Eric S. Raymond

Of course, it's hard to support full-time programmers,
so we do get funds from a set of companies that are
interested in the health of the Mozilla project and
so are willing to support the people working for the Foundation as well.
- Mitchell Baker

Few companies that installed computers to reduce the
employment of clerks have realized their expectations...
They now need more, and more expensive clerks even
though they call them 'operators' or 'programmers.'
- Peter Drucker

My list of basic tools is a partial answer to the question about what has changed:
Over the past few years,
large numbers of programmers have come to depend on
elaborate tools to interface code with systems facilities.
- Bjarne Stroustrup

Programmers are in the enviable position of not only
getting to do what they want to,
but because the end result is so important they get paid to do it.
There are other professions like that,
but not that many.
- Linus Torvalds

In our daily lives as programmers, we process text strings a lot.
So I tried to work hard on text processing,
namely the string class and regular expressions.
Regular expressions are built into the language and
are very tuned up for use.
- Yukihiro Matsumoto

It is practically impossible to teach good programming
to students that have had a prior exposure to BASIC:
as potential programmers they are mentally mutilated
beyond hope of regeneration.
- Edsger Dijkstra

Programmers and marketing people know how to get into your subconscious -
they spend millions of dollars researching colors,
shapes, designs, symbols, that affect your preferences,
and they can make you feel warm, trusting,
like buying.
They can manipulate you.
- Richard Hatch

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can;
and the wisdom to know the difference.
- Reinhold Niebuhr (Serenity Prayer)

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

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

You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know how soon it will be too late.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Know the power and the peace of saying,
"I love you just the way you are."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition -
they somehow already know what you truly want to become.
- Steve Jobs

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble.
It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
- Mark Twain (attributed)

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.
- John Wooden

Know that the greatest fear is fear of the unknown.
Seek to meet the unknown with courage and a sense of adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

Know thyself.
- Socrates (inscribed on the ancient Greek temple at Delphi)

To live is to choose. But to choose well,
you must know who you are and what you stand for,
where you want to go and why you want to get there.
- Kofi Annan

Trust yourself, then you will know how to live.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

At the center of your being you have the answer;
you know who you are and you know what you want.
- Lao Tzu

This is my wish for you:
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Hugs when spirits sag,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Faith so that you can believe,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.
- Anonymous

Stand Tall, Stand Proud.
Know that you are unique and magnificent.
You do not need the approval of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates.
You never know what you're gonna get.
- the movie Forrest Gump

Happiness blooms
in the presence of self-respect
and the absence of ego.
Love yourself.
Love everyone around you.
Love everyone in the whole world.
Know that your own life is of infinite importance,
as is every other life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Once you know yourself as a genuine seeker,
and when your own inner chamber is quite enlightened,
then comes the natural unfoldment of pure love and compassion
and a genuine desire to serve others.
- Rod Stryker

To know God, watch a butterfly return to the same tree -
after a year and a thousand miles.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer
but wish we didn't.
- Erica Jong

Find your balance and stand with it.
Find your song and sing it out.
Find your cadence and let it appear like a dance.
Find the questions that only you know how to ask and
The answers that you are content to not know.
- Mary Anne Radmacher


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