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Donald Knuth Quotes and Sayings

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A list is only as strong as its weakest link.
- Donald Knuth

The most important thing in the kitchen is the waste
paper basket and it needs to be centrally located.
- Donald Knuth

The manuals we got from IBM would show examples of
programs and I knew I could do a heck of a lot better than that.
So I thought I might have some talent.
- Donald Knuth

If you optimize everything, you will always be unhappy.
- Donald Knuth

 

An algorithm must be seen to be believed.
- Donald Knuth

God is a challenge because there is no proof of his
existence and therefore the search must continue.
- Donald Knuth

People think that computer science is the art of geniuses
but the actual reality is the opposite,
just many people doing things that build on eachother,
like a wall of mini stones.
- Donald Knuth

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Beware of bugs in the above code; I have only proved it correct,
not tried it.
- Donald Knuth

In fact what I would like to see is thousands of computer
scientists let loose to do whatever they want.
That's what really advances the field.
- Donald Knuth

There's ways to amuse yourself while doing things and
thats how I look at efficency.
- Donald Knuth

Science is what we understand well enough to explain to a computer.
Art is everything else we do.
- Donald Knuth

Let us change our traditional attitude to the construction of programs.
Instead of imagining that our main task is to instruct a computer what to do,
let us concentrate rather on explaining to human beings
what we want a computer to do.
- Donald Knuth

I decry the current tendency to seek patents on algorithms.
There are better ways to earn a living than to prevent
other people from making use of one's contributions to computer science.
- Donald Knuth

The most important thing in the programming language is the name.
A language will not succeed without a good name.
I have recently invented a very good name and now I
am looking for a suitable language.
- Donald Knuth

The hardest thing is to go to sleep at night,
when there are so many urgent things needing to be done.
A huge gap exists between what we know is possible
with today's machines and what we have so far been able to finish.
- Donald Knuth

Choose! If it's worth doing, do it today.
If it's not worth doing today, save yourself a lot
of worry and regret by choosing to permanently
erase it from your to-do list.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Keep a grateful journal. Every night,
list five things you are grateful for.
- Oprah Winfrey

My own gratitude list begins with health, family, friends,
and the beauty around me - from the butterflies and rainbows,
to the dolphins, to the birds, to the works produced by the human hand.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Ask why this task is on your to-do list.
Consider discarding those items to which
you are not truly committed.
For the tasks which do speak
to the longings of your own heart,
begin now, today, this moment.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If something is important to you,
attend to it immediately, and regularly.
If something is not really important to you,
that's great also -
just scratch it off your to-do list forever,
and never worry about it again.
Choose how you invest your time, and honor your choices.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A man's interest in a single bluebird
is worth more than a complete but dry list
of the fauna and flora of a town.
- Henry David Thoreau

If you made a list of reasons why any couple got married,
and another list of the reasons for their divorce,
you'd have a hell of a lot of overlapping.
- Mignon McLaughlin

Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list
of the richest people in America.
If I'm not there, I go to work.
- Robert Orben

I wouldn't be interested in just doing a show that's
mapped out and choreographed with a set list.
That would've been boring so long ago it just wouldn't be any fun.
- Steve Forbert

When I begin to eliminate from the list all those professions
which are impossible from a financial point of view
and then those which I feel disinclined to-it leaves nothing.
- Wilfred Owen

America Held Hostage won 24 Emmys for ABC News,
but someone forgot to include my name on the list of
people responsible for the show.
- Pierre Salinger

Our profession is very much like going to a cocktail party,
you check out the guest list.
- Robert Stack

You can look at the New York Times Bestseller List
and you can be pretty sure that the writers on that
list don't know each other very well.
- Anne Rice

Lastly, his tomb shall list and founder in the troughs of grass.
And none shall speak his name.
- Karl Shapiro

Female schools might be comprised in the list of those
worthy the public patronage,
with great propriety.
- Joseph Lancaster

There are many resistance movements in the world,
like the IRA for instance.
But it is only Islamic resistance movements that are
put on the terrorist list.
This is what I am saying.
- Ahmed Yassin

Love's boat has been shattered against the life of everyday.
You and I are quits, and it's useless to draw up a list of mutual hurts,
sorrows, and pains.
- Vladimir Mayakovsky

For the first time ever I was taking the family on the road.
We stayed with my in-laws, which on life's list of
experiences ranks right below sitting in a tub full of scissors.
- Jeff Foxworthy

I have said it on several occasions,
several times from this podium,
that providing a quality education for our children
is high on my priority list.
I will not stop now.
- Jane D. Hull

Homosexuality in Russia is a crime and the punishment
is seven years in prison,
locked up with the other men.
There is a three year waiting list.
- Yakov Smirnoff

I didn't want to be seen as just a guy on a list.
I'm interested in good scripts, scripts that are about something,
scripts that move your acting along.
- Stephen Rea

I haven't got the slightest idea how to change people,
but still I keep a long list of prospective candidates
just in case I should ever figure it out.
- David Sedaris

My list of things I never pictured myself saying when
I pictured myself as a parent has grown over the years.
- Polly Berrien Berends

I have considered the pension list of the republic a roll of honor.
- Grover Cleveland

The bulk of extra supplies that could be put into the
market come from two places.
One, they come from other Persian Gulf suppliers,
of which Saudi Arabia is at the top of the list.
- Daniel Yergin

Even for an area I know well, I prepare a shooting list of subjects I need.
- Nigel Dennis

Downloading is definitely on the rise,
but not because it's free - that's probably third on the list -
but because it's immediate and the selection is virtually unlimited.
- Don Rose

For years I've kept a list of dream projects.
- Michael Bolton

No matter what your laundry list of requirements in choosing a mate,
there has to be an element of good luck and good fortune and good timing.
- Patty Duke

Hollywood is very much an industry town.
Your life becomes caught up in all of the parties and this list and that list.
That's not something that I respond well to.
- Don Johnson

The beauty about the D-list is that people who are
on it probably don't know they are.
- Kathy Griffin

I made this list of stuff that it's time for me to try to do.
- Rick Moody

When you were a volunteer for the Bush-Cheney campaign,
you came in the morning; you had a supervisor who gave
you a list of calls to make and a time to do it in.
- Ed Gillespie

Resume: a written exaggeration of only the good things
a person has done in the past,
as well as a wish list of the qualities a person would like to have.
- Bo Bennett

Some of the songs I do once in a while that I kinda...
my set list is basically like my hits,
there is a good reason why they are there;
people really like them.
- Joe Cocker

I made a list of people who needed just a little bit of money.
And when the list was complete, there were 42 names.
The total amount of money they needed was $27.
I was shocked.
- Muhammad Yunus

I've never been able to say I've been influenced by
a list of artists I like because I like thousands and
thousands and I've been influenced in some way by all of them.
- Jack Nicholson

As Lord Chesterfield said of the generals of his day,
'I only hope that when the enemy reads the list of their names,
he trembles as I do.'
- Duke of Wellington

I once was interviewed and got so exasperated that I said,
'What do you want, a shopping list?' They kept asking,
'What's in this picture?'
- Howard Hodgkin

I'm on every worst-dressed list imaginable.
- Kathy Griffin

And I had this big, long list of what I wanted in a
guy but I realized I didn't stack up to the list myself.
- Star Jones

We signed up for Showtime, which I think put us on
a Homeland Security list somewhere.
- Kate Clinton

This is really high on the priority list of tribal concerns.
This is a cash cow in many circumstances,
and tribes are concerned about protection of tribal assets.
- Jack Abramoff

If I made a list of the people I admire,
Mom would probably fill up half of it.
She could do anything and everything.
- Patsy Cline

When you talk about the Final Fantasy series,
the series started selling better after 7,
and that was the base idea for the center of the set list for the LA concert.
- Nobuo Uematsu

I made my way on to a grey list, a black list even.
That's something I'm very proud of, actually.
- Elmer Bernstein

Know the official post office abbreviations for all
50 states without having to consult a list.
- Marilyn vos Savant

We don't take care of our teachers and our cops and our firemen.
They should be at the top of our list.
- Brad Garrett

I make a list of what I have in common,
and what I don't have in common, with someone I'm playing.
- John Turturro

I can write for any magazine now, in any voice.
I can do it in two hours, I could do it in my sleep,
it's like writing a grocery list.
- Ann Patchett

The parameters are such that I don't get offered a lot of work.
I'm sure most directors hear my list of don'ts and say forget it.
- Jamie Lee Curtis

I have never written anything in one draft,
not even a grocery list, although I have heard from
friends that this is actually possible.
- Connie Willis

I suppose if I was to have to pick a few,
Ursula LeGuin would have to top the list.
It was while reading her work that I decided I wanted to be an author.
- Sarah Zettel

The advice of the elders to young men is very apt to
be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Gene sometimes...
well, he has his dream list.
- Paul Stanley

Every morning I get up and look through the Forbes
list of the richest people in America.
If I'm not there, I go to work.
- Robert Orben


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