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Alan Perlis Quotes

I hope you find these Motivational Alan Perlis Quotes useful in achieving your personal and career goals in life.

In computing, turning the obvious into the useful is
a living definition of the word "frustration".
- Alan Perlis

Related topics: Computers

If your computer speaks English, it was probably made in Japan.
- Alan Perlis

I think it is inevitable that people program poorly.
Training will not substantially help matters.
We have to learn to live with it.
- Alan Perlis

A year spent in artificial intelligence is enough to make one believe in God.
- Alan Perlis

 

In software systems it is often the early bird that makes the worm.
- Alan Perlis

Don't have good ideas if you aren't willing to be responsible for them.
- Alan Perlis

You can measure a programmer's perspective by noting
his attitude on the continuing vitality of FORTRAN.
- Alan Perlis


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One man's constant is another man's variable.
- Alan Perlis

The computing field is always in need of new cliches.
- Alan Perlis

Is it possible that software is not like anything else,
that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point
is to always see it as a soap bubble?
- Alan Perlis

LISP programmers know the value of everything and the cost of nothing.
- Alan Perlis

Fools ignore complexity.
Pragmatists suffer it.
Some can avoid it.
Geniuses remove it.
- Alan Perlis

We toast the Lisp programmer who pens his thoughts
within nests of parentheses.
- Alan Perlis

Computer Science is embarrassed by the computer.
- Alan Perlis

A programming language is low level when its programs
require attention to the irrelevant.
- Alan Perlis

If a listener nods his head when you're explaining your program,
wake him up.
- Alan Perlis

Some programming languages manage to absorb change,
but withstand progress.
- Alan Perlis

If you have a procedure with 10 parameters,
you probably missed some.
- Alan Perlis

A picture is worth 10K words - but only those to describe the picture.
Hardly any sets of 10K words can be adequately described with pictures.
- Alan Perlis

It is easier to write an incorrect program than understand a correct one.
- Alan Perlis

There are two ways to write error-free programs;
only the third one works.
- Alan Perlis

It is easier to change the specification to fit the program than vice versa.
- Alan Perlis

The best book on programming for the layman is "Alice in Wonderland";
but that's because it's the best book on anything for the layman.
- Alan Perlis

Every program has two purposes: The one for which it
was written and another for which it wasn't.
- Alan Perlis

Simplicity does not precede complexity,
but follows it.
- Alan Perlis

In English every word can be verbed.
Would that it were so in our programming languages.
- Alan Perlis

It goes against the grain of modern education to teach students to program.
What fun is there to making plans, acquiring discipline,
organizing thoughts, devoting attention to detail,
and learning to be self critical.
- Alan Perlis

Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Inc,
which set the computing world on its ear with the Macintosh in 1984.
- Kevin Mitnick

In the practical world of computing,
it is rather uncommon that a program,
once it performs correctly and satisfactorily,
remains unchanged forever.
- Niklaus Wirth

Computing is not about computers any more.
It is about living.
- Nicholas Negroponte

I think computing power is ready to do 3D justice.
It was great for shooters and racing games in the past,
but I didn't think it was right for strategy games.
- Sid Meier

There are no projects per se in the Computing Sciences Research Center.
- Ken Thompson

In 20 or 30 years, you'll be able to hold in your hand
as much computing knowledge as exists now in the whole city,
or even the whole world.
- Douglas Engelbart

I have discovered that there are two types of command
interfaces in the world of computing:
good interfaces and user interfaces.
- Daniel J. Bernstein

Back in 1995, Bill Gates himself didn't understand
that the internet was the direction computing was going.
- John Podhoretz

While I admire the insights of many of the people in the world of computing,
I get this cold feeling that I speak a different language.
- Clifford Stoll

The great advance of personal computers was not the
computing power per se but the fact that it brought it right to your face,
that you had control over it, that were confronted
with it and could steer it.
- Kevin Kelly

The utility model of computing - computing resources
delivered over the network in much the same way that
electricity or telephone service reaches our homes and offices today -
makes more sense than ever.
- Scott McNealy

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition -
they somehow already know what you truly want to become.
- Steve Jobs

Be a yardstick of quality.
Some people aren't used to an environment
where excellence is expected.
- Steve Jobs

Your time is limited,
so don't waste it living someone else's life.
- Steve Jobs

A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.
- Steve Martin

Don't be trapped by dogma -
which is living with the results of other people's thinking.
Don't let the noise of other's opinions
drown out your own inner voice.
- Steve Jobs

I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful,
natural, wholesome things that money can buy.
- Steve Martin

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.
Don't be trapped by dogma -
which is living with the results of other people's thinking.
Don't let the noise of others' opinions
drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage
to follow your heart and intuition.
They somehow already know what you truly want to become.
Everything else is secondary.
- Steve Jobs

I've also been busy doing stuff for Steve Jackson Games.
- Phil Foglio

I like Steve Gadd, everything he did with Steely Dan.
There's so many.
I like everything.
- Travis Barker

I want to put a ding in the universe.
- Steve Jobs

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.
- Steve Jobs

The world now knows that Steve Perry is welcome to
come and sing with us anytime he wants.
- Neil Schon

Never trust a computer you can't throw out a window.
- Steve Wozniak

My harmony is passable but is usually made more eloquent
at the hands of Steve Hamilton.
- Bill Bruford

I met Steve McQueen once.
Well, met isn't really the right word.
- Griffin Dunne

I went to college with James Coburn and Steve McQueen was a very good friend.
- Robert Vaughn

Well, don't tell Steve Niles but I just don't think horror works in comics.
- Robert Kirkman

We don't have a monopoly.
We have market share.
There's a difference.
- Steve Ballmer

We are not equally talented.
Steve is enormously talented.
- Jayne Meadows

Accessible design is good design.
- Steve Ballmer

I don't have Steve.
There is no having the Steve.
- Cynthia Nixon

When I was a bit older I had all of the George Carlin records,
all of the Steve Martin records, all of the Cheech
and Chong records and all of the Richard Pryor records.
- Marc Maron

You can't operate a company by fear,
because the way to eliminate fear is to avoid criticism.
And the way to avoid criticism is to do nothing.
- Steve Ross

I did stand-up.
I loved George Carlin and Steve Martin.
- Steve Buscemi

Steve produced Girls Grow Up Faster Than Boys and one more.
Then he and I wrote a few songs together and became good friends.
He was a talented producer.
- Jimmy Griffin

I grew up with all kinds ofmusic, but my heart was
particularly drawn to Country Music because of the guitar playing,
the lyrics and of artists like Steve Warner and Vince Gill.
- Bryan White

Steve Jobs' Three Rules of Life ...
1. Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.
2. Don't be trapped by dogma -
which is living with the results of other people's thinking.
Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice.
3. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition -
they somehow already know what you truly want to become.
- Steve Jobs

I have enormous respect for Steve Johnson,
and as I've told him, Feed was one of the inspirations for Salon.
They were up there before we were.
And also for Joey and the Suck people.
- David Talbot

Sometimes when things get kind of frantic,
it helps to call my husband Steve, because I think
he's got a real good sense of where everything's gonna be in a few years.
- Christa McAuliffe

Steve McQueen was from a time when you didn't know
every little dirty thing about our public figures.
He and James Dean were very mysterious,
archetypal American heroes.
- Sheryl Crow

A lot of people thought Steve Jobs was a CEO of Apple
but he never was until he came back to Apple in 1997.
- Andy Hertzfeld

A man should be rugged like Steve McQueen;
the way he stands,
like he's ready for something.
Or he should be a man of the world like Dean Martin.
- Maureen McCormick

Larry Brown thought Steve Francis was a Larry Brown type of player.
- Isiah Thomas


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