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Teaching to unsuspecting youngsters the effective use
by Edsger Dijkstra

Teaching to unsuspecting youngsters the effective use
of formal methods is one of the joys of life because
it is so extremely rewarding.
- Edsger Dijkstra

The question of whether a computer can think is no
more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim.
- Edsger Dijkstra

Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.
- Edsger Dijkstra

Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability.
- Edsger Dijkstra

 

Mathematicians are like managers - they want improvement without change.
- Edsger Dijkstra

Perfecting oneself is as much unlearning as it is learning.
- Edsger Dijkstra

The lurking suspicion that something could be simplified
is the world's richest source of rewarding challenges.
- Edsger Dijkstra

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There should be no such thing as boring mathematics.
- Edsger Dijkstra

Object-oriented programming is an exceptionally bad
idea which could only have originated in California.
- Edsger Dijkstra

Programming is one of the most difficult branches of applied mathematics;
the poorer mathematicians had better remain pure mathematicians.
- Edsger Dijkstra

Program testing can be used to show the presence of bugs,
but never to show their absence!
- Edsger Dijkstra

Aim for brevity while avoiding jargon.
- Edsger Dijkstra

The use of COBOL cripples the mind; its teaching should,
therefore, be regarded as a criminal offense.
- Edsger Dijkstra

Elegance is not a dispensable luxury but a factor that
decides between success and failure.
- Edsger Dijkstra

APL is a mistake, carried through to perfection.
It is the language of the future for the programming techniques of the past:
it creates a new generation of coding bums.
- Edsger Dijkstra

The ability of discerning high quality unavoidably
implies the ability of identifying shortcomings.
- Edsger Dijkstra

About the use of language: it is impossible to sharpen
a pencil with a blunt axe.
It is equally vain to try to do it with ten blunt axes instead.
- Edsger Dijkstra

The competent programmer is fully aware of the limited size of his own skull.
He therefore approaches his task with full humility,
and avoids clever tricks like the plague.
- Edsger Dijkstra

Don't compete with me: firstly, I have more experience,
and secondly, I have chosen the weapons.
- Edsger Dijkstra

Many mathematicians derive part of their self-esteem
by feeling themselves the proud heirs of a long tradition of rational thinking;
I am afraid they idealize their cultural ancestors.
- Edsger Dijkstra

If 10 years from now, when you are doing something quick and dirty,
you suddenly visualize that I am looking over your
shoulders and say to yourself:
'Dijkstra would not have liked this',
well that would be enough immortality for me.
- Edsger Dijkstra

I mentioned the non-competitive spirit explicitly,
because these days, excellence is a fashionable concept.
But excellence is a competitive notion,
and that is not what we are heading for:
we are heading for perfection.
- Edsger Dijkstra

The students that, like the wild animal being prepared
for its tricks in the circus called "life",
expects only training as sketched above,
will be severely disappointed: by his standards he
will learn next to nothing.
- Edsger Dijkstra

The traditional mathematician recognizes and appreciates
mathematical elegance when he sees it.
I propose to go one step further, and to consider elegance
an essential ingredient of mathematics:
if it is clumsy,
it is not mathematics.
- Edsger Dijkstra

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

Why has elegance found so little following? That is the reality of it.
Elegance has the disadvantage, if that's what it is,
that hard work is needed to achieve it and a good education to appreciate it.
- Edsger Dijkstra

I must dedicate my life to teaching my people,
for only education would make their lot less bitter,
their latent power more strong.
- Jimmy Yen

The whole art of teaching is only the art
of awakening the natural curiosity
of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
- Anatole France

Many societies have educated their male children
on the simple device of teaching them not to be women.
- Margaret Mead

I hate to see complacency prevail in our lives
when it's so directly contrary to the teaching of Christ.
- Jimmy Carter

Teaching was the hardest work I had ever done,
and it remains the hardest work I have done to date.
- Ann Richards

When a father, absent during the day,
returns home at six, his children receive only his temperament,
not his teaching.
- Robert Bly

An Englishman teaching an American about food is like
the blind leading the one-eyed.
- A. J. Liebling

Much education today is monumentally ineffective.
All too often we are giving young people cut flowers
when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants.
- John W. Gardner

Public misbehavior by the famous is a powerful teaching tool.
- Bill O'Reilly

The most permanent lessons in morals are those which come,
not of booky teaching, but of experience.
- Mark Twain

A liberal education is at the heart of a civil society,
and at the heart of a liberal education is the act of teaching.
- A. Bartlett Giamatti

Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre.
- Gail Godwin

One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it.
- Knute Rockne

Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt.
- Clarence Darrow

Teaching was the most pleasant thing I did.
- Earl Butz

I began teaching in New York because I needed to stay
in the United States and didn't have my immigration papers in order,
so working for a university was a way of resolving the issue.
- Manuel Puig

There is all the difference in the world between teaching
children about religion and handing them over to be taught by the religious.
- Polly Toynbee

The only thing that mattered was what you were to do in life,
and it wasn't about money.
It was about teaching, or learning.
- Maya Lin

I do not believe there is a problem in this country
or the world today which could not be settled if approached
through the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount.
- Harry S. Truman

Teaching is the royal road to learning.
- Jessamyn West

Yale places great stress on undergraduate and graduate teaching.
I like teaching, and I do a lot of it.
- James Tobin

I did end up doing substitute teaching,
but there's not a lot of teaching involved in that.
- Todd Barry

The doctrine of the Kingdom of Heaven,
which was the main teaching of Jesus,
is certainly one of the most revolutionary doctrines
that ever stirred and changed human thought.
- H. G. Wells

I like teaching and the contact with young minds keeps one on one's toes.
- Aaron Klug

Delaware State began as a school bent on service -
teaching education,
social services and nursing.
- Michael N. Castle

A practical part of my teaching is to provide demonstrative,
hands-on experiences.
- Edward Tufte

Teaching is an instinctual art, mindful of potential,
craving of realizations, a pausing, seamless process.
- A. Bartlett Giamatti

But it is a hard, it's a hard profession teaching acting.
- Dabney Coleman

What we can do as individuals may not be very much on the global scale,
but we have to start the change by living as we are teaching.
- Harri Holkeri

From birth to death, anyone can fish.
I just think it's fantastic to see old people going
fishing with young people and teaching them things.
I'm very, very critical.
- Rex Hunt

I think there is a rage against women.
I've come to see that now although at the time I did not notice it.
I was preoccupied with my teaching and my writing.
- Marguerite Young

What can the Church do? If she stands by her moral teaching,
then she will be seen as standing in judgement over
a vast percentage of Europeans.
- Timothy Radcliffe

It is the malady of our age that the young are so busy
teaching us that they have no time left to learn.
- Eric Hoffer

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

Teaching is too strong a word for whatever it was I
did at Northeastern University.
- Robert B. Parker

History is Philosophy teaching by examples.
- Thucydides

All the ills from which America suffers can be traced
to the teaching of evolution.
- William Jennings Bryan

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
has been in existence for most of this century.
- C. Everett Koop

Because I don't have to be careful of people's feelings when I teach literature,
and I do when I'm teaching writing.
- Tobias Wolff

When I first started teaching at Berkeley in 1958,
I could not announce that I was gay to anybody,
though probably quite a few of my fellow teachers knew.
- Thom Gunn

I soon gave up instruction for self-teaching.
- Tommy Shaw

Teaching civility is an obligation of the family.
- Stephen Carter

Sometimes I think war is God's way of teaching us geography.
- Paul Rodriguez

I regard the principle of conscription of life as a
flat contradiction of all our cherished ideals of individual freedom,
democratic liberty and Christian teaching.
- Roger Nash Baldwin

If you improve education by teaching for competence,
eliminating schooling, and connecting with students,
the test scores will improve.
- William Glasser


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