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- The computing field is always in need of new cliches.
- Alan Perlis
- 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 (1919 - )
- The great thing about a computer notebook is that no matter how much you stuff into it, it doesn't get bigger or heavier.
- Bill Gates (1955 - ), Business @ The Speed of Thought
- If computers get too powerful, we can organize them into a committee -- that will do them in.
- Bradley's Bromide
- Why is it drug addicts and computer afficionados are both called users?
- Clifford Stoll
- Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog.
- Doug Larson
- Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.
- E. W. Dijkstra
- The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim.
- E. W. Dijkstra
- Not even computers will replace committees, because committees buy computers.
- Edward Shepherd Mead
- To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer.
- Farmers' Almanac, 1978
- Compromise used to mean that half a loaf was better than no bread. Among modern statesmen it really seems to mean that half a loaf is better than a whole loaf.
- G. K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936), What's Wrong with the World, chapter 3, 1910
- Most people believe that if you go in and try to micromanage a forest, it is possible to destroy the very thing that makes it a unique and special place. That's just as true of the Net.
- Glen Raphael
- I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.
- Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)
- Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.
- Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)
- Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.
- James Magary
- Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining.
- Jef Raskin, interviewed in Doctor Dobb's Journal
- The most overlooked advantage to owning a computer is that if they foul up there's no law against wacking them around a little.
- Joe Martin, Porterfield
- One would think that if you're anonymous, you'd do anything you want, but groups have their own sense of community and what we can do.
- John Allen, A network called 'Internet', CBC, 10-08-93
- In all large corporations, there is a pervasive fear that someone, somewhere is having fun with a computer on company time. Networks help alleviate that fear.
- John C. Dvorak
- There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.
- Ken Olsen (1926 - ), President, Digital Equipment, 1977
- The most likely way for the world to be destroyed, most experts agree, is by accident. That's where we come in; we're computer professionals. We cause accidents.
- Nathaniel Borenstein (1957 - )
- Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
- Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
- The computer is a moron.
- Peter Drucker (1909 - 2005)
- If you put tomfoolery into a computer, nothing comes out of it but tomfoolery. But this tomfoolery, having passed through a very expensive machine, is somehow ennobled and no-one dares criticize it.
- Pierre Gallois
- Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.
- Rick Cook, The Wizardry Compiled
- To err is human--and to blame it on a computer is even more so.
- Robert Orben
- If the automobile 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, InfoWorld magazine
- I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image.
- Stephen Hawking (1942 - )
- All programmers are playwrights and all computers are lousy actors.
- In a few minutes a computer can make a mistake so great that it would have taken many men many months to equal it.