The most damaging phrase in the language is: 'It's always been done that way.'

— Grace Hopper

The most useful Grace Hopper quotes that will activate your desire to change

Humans are allergic to change. They love to say, 'We've always done it this way.' I try to fight that. That's why I have a clock on my wall that runs counter-clockwise.


A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for.


You manage things, you lead people. We went overboard on management and forgot about leadership.


One accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions.


It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.


Leadership is a two-way street, loyalty up and loyalty down.

Respect for one's superiors; care for one's crew.


The glass is neither half empty nor half full.

It's simply larger than it needs to be. It is easier to get forgiveness than permission


I'm totally against women in combat, because we live in a culture and a society that imposes on every man the concept of women and children first...If you had a man and a woman trying to go through some dangerous woods, the man's instinct would be to protect the woman. Therefore you weaken the man.


From then on, when anything went wrong with a computer, we said it had bugs in it.


If you do something once, people will call it an accident.

If you do it twice, they call it a coincidence. But do it a third time and you've just proven a natural law!


Some day, on the corporate balance sheet, there will be an entry which reads, "Information"; for in most cases, the information is more valuable than the hardware which processes it.


If one ox could not do the job they did not try to grow a bigger ox, but used two oxen. When we need greater computer power, the answer is not to get a bigger computer, but . . .to build systems of computers and operate them in parallel.


About Grace Hopper

Quotes 37 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Scientist
Birthday October 16

I've received many honors and I'm grateful for them;

but I've already received the highest award I'll ever receive, and that has been the privilege and honor of serving very proudly in the United States Navy.


I had a running compiler and nobody would touch it. They told me computers could only do arithmetic.


You manage things, you lead people. We went overboard on management and forgot about leadership. It might help if we ran the MBAs out of Washington.


We're just getting started. We're just beginning to meet what will be the future-we've got the Model T.


We're flooding people with information.

We need to feed it through a processor. A human must turn information into intelligence or knowledge.


It's easier to apologize than ask for permission.


We've tended to forget that no computer will ever ask a new question.


Developing a compiler was a logical move;

but in matters like this, you don't run against logic - you run against people who can't change their minds.


If it isn't bolted down, bring it home.


I need something to compare this to. Could I please have a microsecond?


It's always easier to apologize for something you've already done than to get approval for it in advance.


It is easier to apologize than to get permission.


No computer is ever going to ask a new, reasonable question. It takes trained people to do that.


I've always been more interested in the future than in the past.


At any given moment, there is always a line representing what your boss will believe. If you step over it, you will not get your budget. Go as close to that line as you can.


I handed my passport to the immigration officer, and he looked at it and looked at me and said, "What are you?"


The only phrase I've ever disliked is, 'Why, we've always done it that way.

' I always tell young people, 'Go ahead and do it. You can always apologize later.'


To me programming is more than an important practical art.

It is also a gigantic undertaking in the foundations of knowledge.


I am now going to make you a gift that will stay with you the rest of your life.

For the rest of your life, every time you say, "We've always done it that way," my ghost will appear and haunt you for twenty-four hours.


I will not take what you need to give me. I will take what you want to give me.


You manage things and lead people.


Manage things. Lead people.


If you want my ghost just say ' We've always done it that way.' and i will haunt you for 24 hours.


If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it. It's much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.