Top 50 Programming Quotes of All Time

by Yi Zhang

Smart, hilarious, insightful, whatever you want to call them. Here are my favorite:

50. “Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the universe trying to build bigger and better idiots. So far, the universe is winning.”
– Rick Cook
37. “In the one and only true way. The object-oriented version of ‘Spaghetti code’ is, of course, ‘Lasagna code’. (Too many layers).”
– Roberto Waltman.
36. “FORTRAN is not a flower but a weed — it is hardy, occasionally blooms, and grows in every computer.”
– Alan J. Perlis.
30. “Python’s a drop-in replacement for BASIC in the sense that Optimus Prime is a drop-in replacement for a truck.”
– Cory Dodt
22. “Perl – The only language that looks the same before and after RSA encryption.”
– Keith Bostic
13. “Sometimes it pays to stay in bed on Monday, rather than spending the rest of the week debugging Monday’s code.”
– Christopher Thompson
12. “Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring aircraft building progress by weight.”
– Bill Gates
5. “To iterate is human, to recurse divine.”
– L. Peter Deutsch
2. “Always code as if the guy who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live.”
– Martin Golding