Best Programming Quotes

Created: April 10, 2012   |   Updated: February 1, 2019

Quotes that relate to software engineering always humble me with their laser-like honesty. I’ve decided to keep a collection of my favorites 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.
"Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability." - E. W. Dijkstra
"The cheapest, fastest, and most reliable components are those that aren't there." - Gordon Bell
"Code is like humor. When you have to explain it, it's bad." - Cory House
"Programs must be written for people to read, and only incidentally for machines to execute." - Harold Abelson
Joy's Law: No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else.
"Have you reconsidered a computer career?" - Interviewer
Lieberman's Law: Everybody lies, but it doesn't matter since nobody listens.
"Never underestimate the power of human stupidity." - Robert A. Heinlein


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