I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
Should array indices start at 0 or 1? My compromise of 0.5 was rejected without, I thought, proper consideration.
If the automobile had followed the same development as the computer, a Rolls Royce would today cost $100 and get a million miles per gallon, and explode once a year killing everyone inside.
Things which any idiot could write usually have the quality of having been written by an idiot.
On two occasions I have been asked, 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.
Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law
It should be noted that no ethically-trained software engineer would ever consent to write a DestroyBaghdad procedure. Basic professional ethics would instead require him to write a DestroyCity procedure, to which Baghdad could be given as a parameter.
Good code is its own best documentation.
Testing is not the point. The point is about responsibility.
A smart terminal is not a smartass terminal, but rather a terminal you can educate.
It's hard enough to find an error in your code when you're looking for it; it's even harder when you've assumed your code is error-free.
There are two ways of constructing a software design; one way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult.
In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not.
The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.
The one who insists on never uttering an error must remain silent.
For every scientific (or engineering) action, there is an equal and opposite social reaction.
Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later
Successful weight loss takes programming, not willpower.
When a pianist sits down and does a virtuoso performance he is in a technical sense transmitting more information to a machine than any other human activity involving machinery allows.
Computing is not about computers any more. It is about living.
The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence, rather a condition of it.
I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter.
The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.
Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit.
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