Some favourite quotes
Assembled herein a randomly ordered random selection of some of my favourite quotes:
Virtue is more to be feared than vice, for it is not subject to the regulation of conscience.
-- Adam Smith
Behold the warranty ... the bold print giveth and the fine print taketh away.
Truth is never pure and rarely simple.
-- Oscar Wilde
A bore is someone who persists in holding his own views after we have enlightened him with ours.
A closed mouth gathers no foot.
A computer, to print out a fact,
A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular.
-- Adlai Stevenson
A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
-- William James
A large number of installed systems work by fiat. That is, they work by being declared to work.
-- Anatol Holt
A Law of Computer Programming: Make it possible for programmers to write in English and you will find the programmers cannot write in English.
A pedestal is as much a prison as any small, confined space.
-- Gloria Steinem
When people talk about religious tolerance, it is always as a prelude to banning something.
-- Miles Kington
A physicist is an atom's way of knowing about atoms.
-- George Wald
A successful [software] tool is one that was used to do something undreamed of by its author.
-- S. C. Johnson
At no time is freedom of speech more precious than when a man hits his thumb with a hammer.
-- Marshall Lumsden
The purpose of power is power.
-- George Orwell
The bearing of a child takes nine months, no matter how many women are assigned.
When struck by a thunderbolt it is unnecessary to consult the Book of Dates as to the precise meaning of the omen.
-- Kai Lung
To succeed, planning is not enough. One must improvise as well.
-- Hari Seldon
It pays to be obvious, especially when one has a reputation for being subtle.
-- Hari Seldon
The trouble with tea is that originally it was quite a good drink.
-- George Mikes
Furious activity is no substitute for progress.
The sign of a decadent organization is an overweight manual of procedures.
-- Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact
Good judgement comes from experience.
Brook's Law: Adding manpower to a late project makes it later.
-- Fred Brooks
I hear and I forget.
Documentation is the castor oil of programming. The managers know it must be good, because programmers hate it so much.
The First Law of Maintenance:If it happens, it must be possible.
Some people can stay longer in an hour than others can in a week.
No problem is simple until it's solved.
One man's mean is another man's Poisson.
The expert is a person who avoids the small errors as he sweeps on to the grand fallacy.
In the Tipperary Games this afternoon both teams in the final of the tug of war were disqualified for pushing.
Users don't know what they want until they see what they get.
You don't need to be well to be wealthy,
-- Greg Lake
You probably wouldn't worry about what people think of you if you could know how seldom they do.
-- Olin Miller
To criticize the incompetent is easy; it is more difficult to criticize the competent.
Truth does not triumph. It simply remains when everything else has been squandered.
-- Ludvik Vaculik
Some people think by infection, catching an opinion like a cold.
The systems designer suffers because the better his system does its job, the less its users know of its existence.
The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy on the products of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation:
"... it is easy to be blinded to the essential uselessness of them by the sense of achievement you get from getting them to work at all. In other words - and this is the rock solid principle on which the whole of the Corporation's Galaxy-wide success is founded – their fundamental design flaws are completely hidden by their superficial design flaws."
-- Douglas Adams
The moving cursor writes, and having writ, blinks on.
A bore is a man who talks so much about himself that you can't talk about yourself.
"The Hon. Member disagrees. I can hear him shaking his head."
-- Pierre Trudeau
Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.
An exaggeration is a truth that has lost its temper.
-- Kahlil Gibran