“Science is not there to tell us about the Universe, but to tell us how to talk about the Universe.”

— Niels Bohr

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.”

— Richard Feynman

“One accurate measurement is worth more than a thousand expert opinions.”

— Grace Hopper


“The Programmers’ Credo: we do these things not because they are easy, but because we thought they were going to be easy.”

— Maciej Cegłowski (@pinboard)

“19 Jan 2038 at 3:14:07 AM”

— End of the world, according to Unix (2^32 seconds after January 1, 1970)

“It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.”

— Hofstadter’s Law

“If you ever code something that ‘feels like a hack but it works,’ just remember that a CPU is literally a rock that we tricked into thinking.”

— Ben Driscoll (@daisyowl)

“There are only two things software professionals dislike: the way things are, and change.”

— Tobias Mayer (@tobiasmayer)

“It’s a curious thing about our industry: not only do we not learn from our mistakes, we also don’t learn from our successes.”

— Keith Braithwaite

“Walking on water and developing software from a specification are easy if both are frozen.”

— Edward V. Berard

“The most amazing achievement of the computer software industry is its continuing cancellation of the steady and staggering gains made by the computer hardware industry.”

— Henry Petroski

“All computers wait at the same speed.”

— Unkown

“There are two hard problems in computer science: cache invalidation, naming things, and off-by-one errors.”

— Leon Bambrick (@secretGeek)

“Sometimes there is a silver bullet for boosting software engineering productivity. But you need to shoot the right person.”

— Michael Stal (@stal_m)

“Yesterday it built.

No change; today it does not.

The code has feelings.”

— Pete Goodliffe (haiku)

“If the automobile had followed the same development as the computer, a Rolls-Royce would today cost $100, get a million miles per gallon, and explode once a year killing everyone inside.”

— Robert Cringely

“1972 - Dennis Ritchie invents a powerful gun that shoots both forward and backward simultaneously. Not satisfied with the number of deaths and permanent maimings from that invention he invents C and Unix.”

— James Iry

“I saw `cout’ being shifted “Hello world” times to the left and stopped right there.”

— Steve Gonedes

“Perl – The only language that looks the same before and after RSA encryption.”

— Keith Bostic


“Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.”

— Mark Twain

“Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.”

— Lao Tzu

“The fool wonders, the wise man asks.”

— Benjamin Disraeli

“It is not that I’m so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.”

— Albert Einstein


“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”

— Alan Kay

“Everything that can be invented has been invented.”

— Charles H. Duell (Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899)

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

— Arthur C. Clarke

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”

— Antoine de Saint Exupéry


“The unavoidable price of reliability is simplicity.”

— Tony Hoare

“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”

— Mark Twain

“A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.”

— Albert Einstein

“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”

— Pablo Picasso

“You’ve got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.”

— Yogi Berra