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You can measure a programmer's perspective by noting
by Alan Perlis

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

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

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

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

Simplicity does not precede complexity,
but follows it.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Computer Science is embarrassed by the computer.
- Alan Perlis

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

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

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

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

How do you want to be remembered?
Live life full out - Begin today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go, radiate kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

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

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer

Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you
that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising
that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is the friends you can call up at 4 A.M. that matter.
- Marlene Dietrich

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
May you delight in Dancing Lightly With Life.
May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.
May you always sing Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
May you taste, smell, and touch your dreams of a beautiful tomorrow.
May your sun always shine, and your sky be forever blue.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A friend is someone who knows all about you,
and loves you just the same.
- Elbert Hubbard

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
- Irish Blessing

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing,
of just going along,
listening to all the things you can't hear,
and not bothering.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

You have enemies? Good.
That means you've stood up for something,
sometime in your life.
- Winston Churchill

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

Nothing you do for a child is ever wasted.
- Garrison Keillor


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