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If a listener nods his head when you're explaining your program,
by Alan Perlis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Computer Science is embarrassed by the computer.
- 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

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

In the beginning, I was searching for myself in my music.
My music was for me.
I didn't have the mental room to be conscious of the listener;
I wrote to save myself.
- Ayumi Hamasaki

Our shows are packed with laughter and light-hearted
songs to lift the listener from their everyday life.
We encourage the audience to participate in any way.
- Jason Mraz

The newspaper fits the reader's program while the listener
must fit the broadcaster's program.
- Kingman Brewster, Jr.

Throughout my career, if I have done anything,
I have paid attention to every note and every word I sing -
if I respect the song.
If I cannot project this to a listener,
I fail.
- Frank Sinatra

A good listener is not someone with nothing to say.
A good listener is a good talker with a sore throat.
- Katherine Whitehorn

My whole life is geared to play guitar.
I play what I want when I want and I hope the listener
gets as much pleasure listening to the music as I get playing it.
- Jim Sullivan

I became a better listener than I ever had been as
a result of playing Jean Luc Picard because it was
one of the things that he does terrifically well.
- Patrick Stewart

You know, as a writer, I'm more of a listener than a writer,
cuz if I hear something I will write it down.
- Jimmy Buffett

No siren did ever so charm the ear of the listener
as the listening ear has charmed the soul of the siren.
- Henry Taylor

I like to think I'm a listener, and I'm fascinated by observing people -
I suppose you just lock that in.
- Amanda Burton

If I can make a connection, one connection,
to any one listener in the world, I consider that successful.
- Wynonna Judd

In my case, the listener is often in an automobile driving to work.
You can concentrate on the road while still getting
an audio message that can be riveting.
- Bob Edwards

A voice can also repel, infuriate or actually make a listener ill.
- Johnny Olson

It's better for the listener to interpret their own meanings to the music.
- Kelly Jones

It takes a great man to be a good listener.
- Calvin Coolidge

I am naturally taciturn, and became a silent and attentive listener.
- William Hamilton Maxwell

I could compare my music to white light which contains all colours.
Only a prism can divide the colours and make them appear;
this prism could be the spirit of the listener.
- Arvo Part

I have sometimes been told that my music is 'difficult' for the listener.
- Roger Sessions

You need to become a good listener.
As you're working, you hear someone else's lines and
how you absorb them becomes your acting.
- Jacqueline Bisset

I never fixed a story.
I didn't make judgments, I let the listener make judgments.
When I got to the end of the story, if it had a moral,
I let the listener find it.
- Tom T. Hall

Lyrically I like to use themes that make the listener
use his or her imagination,
and to give a little of the lessons I've learned in my own life.
- Ronnie James Dio

A good listener truly wants to know the speaker.
- John Powell

With radio, the listener absorbs everything.
- Bob Edwards

It gives the listener a good workout,
to listen to the music, the same as it does us to play it.
- Jim Sullivan

I think I'm generally a good listener anyway.
- Joe Sacco

All of us love applause, and so we should -
it means that the listener likes us!
- Emanuel Ax

I don't want it to be all that self-conscious or artificial,
but it really grows out of my having invented myself
as a listener so that I could hear her voice.
- Russell Banks

The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes,
and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.
- Robert Bulwer-Lytton

But really important, perhaps most important is the craft;
how you make your record,
the creation of these sonic worlds you want your listener to hear.
- Duncan Sheik

I love to leave the interpretation of my music up to the listener.
It's fun to see what they'll say it is.
- Erykah Badu

A good listener is usually thinking about something else.
- Kin Hubbard

A good listener is not only popular everywhere,
but after a while, he knows something.
- Wilson Mizner

Composers, like authors, have a lot in common.
Our main goal is to connect with the listener emotionally.
- Ken Hill

I've seen a study in the last year that digital sound
actually induces stress in the listener.
- T-Bone Burnett

But the greatest thing about music is putting it out
there for people to figure out.
You want the listener to find the song on their own.
If you give too much away, it takes away from the imagination.
- Diana Krall

Musically, I always allow myself to jump off of cliffs.
At least that's what it feels like to me.
Whether that's what it actually sounds like might depend
on what the listener brings to the songs.
- Tori Amos

When I think about my new CD, the word "joy" comes to mind.
I sincerely hope that each listener will feel the earth,
spirit, and aggressive creativity emanating from this album.
- George Duke

When I was speaking about communicating,
I meant that the listener - we have to reach the listener;
otherwise,
of course, you're writing the piece,
as I say,
only for the satisfaction of seeing it on the paper for yourself,
and then it ends right there.
- Leo Ornstein

Even though my songs may sound very personal,
to me most of them are fiction.
It is a great way for me to be able to live a fantasy
life as a writer because I get to be someone else,
someplace else for three and a half minutes,
just like the listener.
- Nanci Griffith

The video forum for me has been a source of great consternation
because once you start projecting a look to a song,
it robs the listener of their ability to adopt that
song and make the lyric their own.
- Sheryl Crow

It is not the purpose of the ad or commercial to make
the reader or listener say,
'My what a clever ad.' It is the purpose of advertising to make the reader say,
'I believe I'll buy one when I'm shopping tomorrow'.
- Morris Hite

I think recordings have been a terrific advance because now,
when you have a piece of music, particularly something
that appears to the listener very complicated,
there's really a push to the world to try to figure
out what it was that he was hearing.
- Leo Ornstein

Now, what we are not talking about, what you're really coming to,
is what compromises one makes so that the listener
understands somewhat of what you're doing,
what you're trying to express.
- Leo Ornstein

A musician cannot move others unless he too is moved.
He must of necessity feel all of the affects that he
hopes to arouse in his audience,
for the revealing of his own humour will stimulate
a like humour in the listener.
- Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach


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