11 December 2005

Some quotable quotes

“For posterior” or IOW to make them easier to find as a bunch when I want them back one fine day:

Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don’t need to be done. — Andy Rooney

Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant. — Mitch Kapor

There’s a statistical theory that if you gave a million monkeys typewriters and set them to work, they’d eventually come up with the complete works of Shakespeare. Thanks to the Internet, we now know this isn’t true. — Ian Hart

If Java had true garbage collection, most programs would delete themselves upon execution. — Robert Sewell

Like the creators of sitcoms or junk food or package tours, Java’s designers were consciously designing a product for people not as smart as them. — Paul Graham

C makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot. C++ makes it harder, but when you do, it blows away your whole leg. — Bjarne Stroustrup (father of C++)

So in the Sun world, the hard stuff is possible, but the easy stuff is hard. In the Microsoft world, the easy stuff is easy, but the hard stuff is impossible. — James Gosling

As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in schools. — unknown

Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it. — William Haley

Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog. — Doug Larson

You learn something every day if you pay attention. — Ray LeBlond

Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one’s self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily. — Thomas Szasz

After a day spent staring at a computer monitor, think of [a] book as a kind of screen saver for your brain. — unknown

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. — Pablo Picasso

Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel? You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children. — Pablo Picasso

Computers have enabled people to make more mistakes faster than almost any invention in history, with the possible exception of tequila and hand guns. — Carl Gundlach

A computer will do what you tell it to do, but that may be much different from what you had in mind. — Joseph Weizenbaum

If automobiles had followed the same development cycle 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 X Cringely”

1 comment:

Carl Gundlach said...

Re: "Computers have enabled people to make more mistakes faster than almost
any invention in history, with the possible exception of tequila and handguns."

As much as I appreciate the attribution for the above quote, I have to tell you that it's not mine. The actual author is Mitch Ratcliffe. I'd appreciate it if you would please give proper credit to him.


Carl Gundlach