Best Programming Quotes

Sites with programmer quotes that always humble me with their laser-like honesty. I’ve decided to keep a collection of my favourites here (in no particular order).

  • “The only real education is self-education” - Aristotle

  • If I’d known computer science was going to be like this, I’d never have given up being a rock ‘n’ roll star. – G. Hirst

  • Lubarsky’s Law of Cybernetic Entomology: There’s always one more bug

  • “They don’t make bugs like Bunny anymore.” - Olav Mjelde.

  • “Most good programmers do programming not because they expect to get paid or get adulation by the public, but because it is fun to program.” - Linus Torvalds

  • “Computer science education cannot make anybody an expert programmer any more than studying brushes and pigment can make somebody an expert painter.” - Eric S. Raymond

  • “In the one and only true way. The object-oriented version of ‘Spaghetti code’ is, of course, ‘Lasagna code’. (Too many layers).” - Roberto Waltman.

  • “Talk is cheap. Show me the code.” - Linus Torvalds

  • “Walking on water and developing software from a specification are easy if both are frozen.” - Edward V Berard

  • “Good design adds value faster than it adds cost.” - Thomas C. Gale

  • “The best programmers are not marginally better than merely good ones. They are an order-of-magnitude better, measured by whatever standard: conceptual creativity, speed, ingenuity of design, or problem-solving ability.” - Randall E. Stross

  • “Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring aircraft building progress by weight.” - Bill Gates

  • Maslow’s Maxim: If the only tool you have is a hammer, you treat everything like a nail.

  • Worrying is like rocking in a rocking chair – It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.

  • Have you reconsidered a computer career?

  • Lieberman’s Law: Everybody lies, but it doesn’t matter since nobody listens.

  • Be different: conform.

  • Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.

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