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10 Great Computer Quotes

Here is a list of, in my opinion, 10 of the best computer/programming related quotes… I thought this might bring a little fun to your day; it did mine!

  • And the users exclaimed with a laugh and a taunt: “It’s just what we asked for but not what we want.” – Anonymous
  • There are 10 kinds of people in this world….Those who understand binary and those who don’t. – Anonymous
  • For a sucessful technology, honesty must take precedence over public relations for nature cannot be fooled. – Richard Feynman
  • Before software can be reusable it first has to be usable. – Ralph Johnson
  • Software and cathedrals are much the same – first we build them, then we pray. – Anonymous
  • Computers are good at following instructions, but not at reading your mind. – Donald Knuth
  • If debugging is the process of removing bugs, then programming must be the process of putting them in. – Edsger W. Dijkstra
  • Real Programmers don’t need comments—the code is obvious. – Anonymous
  • program, n.: A magic spell cast over a computer allowing it to turn one’s input into error messages. tr.v. To engage in a pastime similar to banging one’s head against a wall, but with fewer opportunities for reward. –
  • Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring aircraft building progress by weight. – Bill Gates

6 thoughts on “10 Great Computer Quotes”

  1. steve j says:

    I keep seeing the “software and cathedrals” quip attributed to anonymous.

    I first heard this in a keynote that Grady Booch delivered to a Software Development East (Washington DC) in the nineties. It was during a talk about software architecture.

    My recollection is that he drew the parallel between “writing software” and “building cathedrals” while standing in front of a slide image of Chartres. He added that for both cases the “architect” often died (or left) before the work was finished.

    If you’ve ever heard him speak ( you know he’s clever enough to have made this remark this first. He gets my vote anyway.

  2. Mike says:

    Nice list. I want to put some of them on my wall.

  3. Kris says:


  4. quantcoder says:

    great list, personally i like the sentence “Software and cathedrals are much the same – first we build them, then we pray.”, as a programmer, i do pray sometimes after implementation, LOL.

  5. Sam Redwine says:

    “Software and cathedrals are much the same – first we build them, then we pray,” is a quote from Samuel T. Redwine, Jr. made at 4th International Software Process Workshop and published in Proceedings of the 4th International Software Process Workshop, Moretonhampstead, U.K., 11-13 May 1988.

  6. jean says:

    The software and cathedrals quote is from Samuel T Redwine, Jr.

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