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Ken Thompson Quotes and Sayings

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I think the major good idea in Unix was its clean and simple interface:
open,
close, read, and write.
- Ken Thompson

I wanted to avoid, special IO for terminals.
- Ken Thompson

I still have a full-time day job, which is why it took
me five years to write An Ear to the Ground,
and why I won't have another book finished by next week.
- Ken Thompson

If you want to go somewhere, goto is the best way to get there.
- Ken Thompson

 

On the one hand, the press, television,
and movies make heroes of vandals by calling them whiz kids.
- Ken Thompson

I also have an idea for a book on biodiversity,
and why and how we should be conserving it.
- Ken Thompson

When in doubt, use brute force.
- Ken Thompson

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In fact, we started off with two or three different
shells and the shell had life of its own.
- Ken Thompson

Grant, if we edited Fortran, I assume that you'd put a column thing in there.
- Ken Thompson

One of my most productive days was throwing away 1000 lines of code.
- Ken Thompson

It's always good to take an orthogonal view of something.
It develops ideas.
- Ken Thompson

In college, before video games, we would amuse ourselves
by posing programming exercises.
- Ken Thompson

So maybe I can go back to being a Gardeners' World addict again.
- Ken Thompson

It is only the inadequacy of the criminal code that
saves the hackers from very serious prosecution.
- Ken Thompson

You can't trust code that you did not totally create yourself.
- Ken Thompson

I wanted to separate data from programs,
because data and instructions are very different.
- Ken Thompson

No amount of source-level verification or scrutiny
will protect you from using untrusted code.
- Ken Thompson

I am a programmer.
- Ken Thompson

We have persistant objects, they're called files.
- Ken Thompson

One is that the perfect garden can be created overnight,
which it can't.
- Ken Thompson

That brings me to Dennis Ritchie.
Our collaboration has been a thing of beauty.
- Ken Thompson

I am a very bottom-up thinker.
- Ken Thompson

A well installed microcode bug will be almost impossible to detect.
- Ken Thompson

I wanted to have virtual memory, at least as it's coupled with file systems.
- Ken Thompson

The average gardener probably knows little about what
is going on in his or her garden.
- Ken Thompson

The X server has to be the biggest program I've ever
seen that doesn't do anything for you.
- Ken Thompson

Unauthorized access to computer systems is already
a serious crime in a few states and is currently being
addressed in many more state legislatures as well as Congress.
- Ken Thompson

There are no projects per se in the Computing Sciences Research Center.
- Ken Thompson

There's a lot of power in executing data -
generating data and executing data.
- Ken Thompson

I have to keep up with the scientific literature as part of my job,
but increasingly I found myself reading things that
weren't really relevant to my academic work,
but were relevant to gardening.
- Ken Thompson

We tried to avoid, you know, records.
We were told over and over that was probably the most
serious mistake and the reason was the system would never catch on,
because we didn't have records.
- Ken Thompson

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha PHOTO

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

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

The problem with making assumptions
is that we believe they are the truth
- don Miguel Ruiz

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

The most incomprehensible thing about the world
is that it is comprehensible.
- Albert Einstein

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus

The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
- Terry Goodkind

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

You become what you think about.
- Earl Nightingale

The most pathetic person in the world
is someone who has sight, but has no vision.
- Helen Keller

With every rising of the sun
Think of your life as just begun.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Inaction breeds doubt and fear.
Action breeds confidence and courage.
If you want to conquer fear,
do not sit home and think about it.
Go out and get busy.
- Dale Carnegie

When I am working on a problem,
I never think about beauty,
but when I have finished,
if the solution is not beautiful,
I know it is wrong.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

No written law has ever been more binding
than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.
- Carrie Chapman Catt

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience
in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Some people care too much. I think it's called love.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.
- Benjamin Spock

You must do the thing that you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The mind is everything.
What you think you become.
- The Buddha

To change who you are,
change who you think you are.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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