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Every program has two purposes: The one for which it
by Alan Perlis

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program
winning the world chess championship.
Humanity needs a lesson in humility.
- Richard Dawkins

World War II was the last government program that really worked.
- George Will

Under the Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star Program,
homes are independently verified to be measurably more
energy efficient than average houses.
- Melissa Bean

A year ago I had a back injury and followed a good
nutrition program to help speed up my recovery.
I focused on exercise and staying healthy in order
to get back out on the ice.
- Sasha Cohen

The circuit training program along with a healthy clean
diet is the way to excellent results.
- Lee Haney

During his training, a baseball player strives
to make each swing better than the last.
The repetition of a faulty swing would be worse than useless.
It would ingrain bad habits.
The same is true of emotional responses.
If we allow ourselves to continue to have the same angry responses,
we just entrench our anger habit.
But if we strive - through consciousness, visualization, and coaching -
to moderate our anger response,
over time, we can train ourselves to respond
to events as we choose - without anger.
You can't magically be free from anger tomorrow,
but you can put yourself on your own training program
that will reduce the frequency and intensity
of your anger response day by day, year by year.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In the practical world of computing,
it is rather uncommon that a program,
once it performs correctly and satisfactorily,
remains unchanged forever.
- Niklaus Wirth

But with Interleaf I don't even have a spell program.
- Bill Joy

The conventional viewpoint says we need a jobs program
and we need to cut welfare.
Just the opposite!
We need more welfare and fewer jobs.
- Jerry Brown

Nudity, in the right way, can enhance a film or a TV
program or a TV commercial.
If it's done tastefully it can make it more of an interesting product.
- Mark Roberts

I use a really simple calendar program on my computer.
- Jamie Zawinski

As an artist, program directors always want to put you in a little box.
- Angie Stone

The labs were happy that I was brave enough to attempt
to program it and the $5 million computer was left entirely to my use.
I was their human guinea pig.
- Philip Emeagwali

It is our hope that the AP program can serve as an
anchor for increasing rigor in our schools.
Rigor can be maintained while increasing student participation.
- Gaston Caperton

Kennedy had made a mess in Cuba at the Bay of Pigs.
He had to do something to look good.
The Apollo program of going to the Moon was quite a goal,.
- Wally Schirra

The first priority of any serious program against poverty
is to strengthen the male role in poor families.
- George Gilder

Walking is great to be used as an exercise program.
- Lee Haney

Federal program and services outlay in Puerto Rico
is approximately $10 billion per year.
- Dick Thornburgh

I played violin and got into that Suzuki program in the second grade.
- Adam Jones

We need a space program because we need explorers.
Its in our souls.
- Corbin Bernsen

The Woman's Party is made up of women of all races,
creeds and nationalities who are united on the one
program of working to raise the status of women.
- Alice Paul

Social Security is a family insurance program,
not an investment scheme.
- Diane Watson

I don't think that a company should own a studio and the network,
and program for their own network.
It hurts the creativity - it is not a level playing field.
- Scott Bakula

Over the last six years, airlines have experienced
severe financial pressure to leave smaller communities,
making demands on the EAS program even greater.
- Nick Rahall

No, I think most astronauts recognize that the space
shuttle program is very high-risk,
and are prepared for accidents.
- Sally Ride

No, I majored in biology, in a pre-med program.
- Neil Diamond

Program construction consists of a sequence of refinement steps.
- Niklaus Wirth

With my time in the limelight, I regret that I didn't
use it more to push vegetarianism.
I support vegetarian options in the school lunch program.
- Bernhard Goetz

The goal of the Head Start program is to give at-risk
children all across our Nation a fair chance at succeeding
in the educational system.
- Joe Baca

I walked away from the sport for 17 years,
then started swimming again recently in a master's program.
- Mark Spitz

Our program for American GIs can be heard at 1630 hours.
- Hanoi Hannah

A recent Pew Hispanic survey found that more than 70
percent of illegal immigrants from Mexico are interested
in a guest-worker program and then returning home.
- John Shadegg

Family life is not a computer program that runs on its own;
it needs continual input from everyone.
- Neil Kurshan

For my second record I had gotten ProTools (program)
and started to familiar myself with hard disc recording.
- Duncan Sheik

I don't believe in an annual dose of film music for
the sake of it being film music.
If we program film music, it will be because there
is a real artistic reason for doing so.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

I am in the Master of Professional Writing program teaching Humor Writing,
Literary and Dramatic.
- Shelley Berman

You program music with an image and then people are desensitized.
- Julie Taymor

To be honest, I look at my Pinball program and feel that it is old stuff.
I could do much better.
- Bill Budge

Do you know what I like about your program? Even when I'm running the vacuum,
I can understand it.
- Thelma Ritter

An aggressive drug-testing program would cut down on certain abuses,
but its never going to catch everyone -
or even close to everyone.
- Malcolm Gladwell

Eight months later, having left Columbia,
I was studying physics in a summer program and working
in Colorado when I decided to enroll as a graduate student in biophysics.
- Sidney Altman

I think your program has to reflect what your basic feelings are.
I'll plead guilty to that.
- Frank Reynolds

Our growing, robust economy is able to provide the
average American citizen access to the best social program there is -
a steady job.
- J. D. Hayworth

I was selected to be an astronaut on a military program
called the Manned Orbiting Laboratory back in '67.
That program got cancelled in '69 and NASA ended up taking half of us.
- Robert Crippen


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