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A picture is worth 10K words - but only those to describe the picture.
by 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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you paint in your mind a picture of
bright and happy expectations,
you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal.
- Norman Vincent Peale

How different our lives are when we
really know what is deeply important to us,
and keeping that picture in mind,
we manage ourselves each day
to be and to do what really matters most
- Stephen Covey

Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind
a mental picture of yourself as succeeding.
Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade.
Your mind will seek to develop the picture...
Do not build up obstacles in your imagination.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Don't dream it, be it.
- the movie Rocky Horror Picture Show

Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

The human body is the best picture of the human soul.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

My father? I never knew him.
Never even seen a picture of him.
- Eminem

Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact.
Every appearance in nature corresponds to some state of the mind,
and that state of the mind can only be described
by presenting that natural appearance as its picture.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Great designers seldom make great advertising men,
because they get overcome by the beauty of the picture -
and forget that merchandise must be sold.
- James Randolph Adams

Citizen Kane is perhaps the one American talking picture
that seems as fresh now as the day it opened.
It may seem even fresher.
- Pauline Kael

One picture is worth 1,000 denials.
- Ronald Reagan

Art consists of limitation.
The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Morality and its victim, the mother -
what a terrible picture!
Is there indeed anything more terrible,
more criminal, than our glorified sacred function of motherhood?
- Emma Goldman

Time extracts various values from a painter's work.
When these values are exhausted the pictures are forgotten,
and the more a picture has to give, the greater it is.
- Henri Matisse

My imagination can picture no fairer happiness than
to continue living for art.
- Clara Schumann

Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.
- Ambrose Bierce

A picture is worth a thousand words.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

A picture is a poem without words.
- Horace

We cut a few corners and brought the picture in under budget by $25,000,
so Paramount let us go back to Boston with a small
crew to shoot some additional footage.
- Arthur Hiller

I've created a vocabulary of different styles.
I draw from many different ways to take a picture.
Sometimes I go back to reportage, to journalism.
- Annie Leibovitz

I am a huge admirer of Elizabeth I, and this intriguing
biography gives a wonderful picture of the era.
- Barbara Taylor Bradford

When the picture was finished, they took me into the
sound room and then I screamed more for about five
minutes just steady screaming,
and then they'd cut that in and add it.
- Fay Wray

When you go to take someone's picture,
the first thing they say is, what you want me to do?
Everyone is very awkward.
- Annie Leibovitz

From the first moment on the set I was consumed with
curiousity about the technical side of shooting a sound picture.
- Gloria Swanson

Seneca brings vividly before us a picture of the various
scholars assembled in a school of the philosophers.
- Frederic William Farrar

I remember when I was in school, they would ask,
'What are you going to be when you grow up?' and then
you'd have to draw a picture of it.
I drew a picture of myself as a bride.
- Gwen Stefani

As soon as people see my face on a movie screen,
they knew two things: first, I'm not going to get the girl,
and second, I'll get a cheap funeral before the picture is over.
- Lee Marvin

Newlyweds, they have this ideal, this picture of what marriage is like,
something similar of their favorite memories growing up.
If only it were that simple.
- William Taylor

My assumption is that fundamentally the picture of the human animal,
as developed by Freud, is largely right.
- Peter Gay

For imagination sets the goal picture which our automatic mechanism works on.
We act, or fail to act, not because of will,
as is so commonly believed, but because of imagination.
- Maxwell Maltz

I have a picture of myself in my mind as I walk around every day,
until I look in the mirror-and then I'm stunned.
- Patty Duke

Making pictures, for an actress, is like betting,
for a gambler.
Each time you make a picture you try to analyze why you won or lost.
- Hedy Lamarr

Anybody can direct a picture once they know the fundamentals.
Directing is not a mystery, it's not an art.
The main thing about directing is: photograph the people's eyes.
- John Ford

I can't even picture being without rock 'n'roll.
- Hank Ballard

The Crafty Cockney had a picture of the owner dressed up as a copper,
so I brought it home, wore it on TV and the name just stuck.
- Eric Bristow

Always point your finger at the chest of the person
with whom you are being photographed.
You will appear dynamic.
And no photo editor can crop you from the picture.
- Ken Auletta

Men are recognizing that they have been forced to conform
to a very narrow and rather two-dimensional picture
of maleness and manhood that they have never had the freedom to question.
- Andrew Cohen

A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay,
or painting a picture, or doing embroidery.
- Mao Tse-Tung

When it comes time to write the book itself I'll shut the lights out,
picture the scene I'm about to write then close my eyes and go at it.
Yes, I can touch type.
- Jeffery Deaver

I'd much rather turn down a starring role in a bad
picture and do a small role in a very good picture.
- Rod Taylor

You know, people come up with formulas who are uncreative.
They can't picture something different so they can
only go by something that's laid out for them.
- Joseph Bologna

I am impressed with what happens when someone stays
in the same place and you took the same picture over
and over and it would be different,
every single frame.
- Annie Leibovitz

We have an integrated picture of the threat from outside
and from within that is provided not only to our foreign
ministers but also to our justice and interior ministers.
- Gijs de Vries

Most novices picture themselves as masters -
and are content with the picture.
This is why there are so few masters.
- Jean Toomer


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