173 Computer Programming Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of computer programming quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about good.

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The Most Famous Computer Programming Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Whether you want to uncover the secrets of the universe, or you just want to pursue a career in the 21st century, basic computer programming is an essential skill to learn — Stephen Hawking

Computer science education cannot make anybody an expert programmer any more than studying brushes and pigment can make somebody an expert painter. — Eric S. Raymond

Learning to write programs stretches your mind, and helps you think better, creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful in all domains. — Bill Gates

Programming is one of the most difficult branches of applied mathematics; the poorer mathematicians had better remain pure mathematicians. — Edsger Dijkstra

Computers are famous for being able to do complicated things starting from simple programs. — Seth Lloyd

The only way to learn a new programming language is by writing programs in it. — Dennis Ritchie

Learning to program has no more to do with designing interactive software than learning to touch type has to do with writing poetry — Ted Nelson

Science is supposedly the method by which we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us. In computer science, we all are standing on each others' feet. — Gerald J. Popek

Programming is a skill best acquired by practice and example rather than from books. — Alan Turing

Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand. — Martin Fowler

Short Computer Programming Quotes

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  • Young man, in mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them. — John Von Neumann
  • Learning is never done without errors and defeat. — Vladimir Lenin
  • Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says, ‘It can’t be done.’ — Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Java is C++ without the guns, clubs and knives. — James Gosling
  • It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. — Albert Einstein
  • The question of whether computers can think is like the question of whether submarines can swim. — Edsger Dijkstra
  • Talk is cheap. Show me the code. — Linus Torvalds
  • Computers are good at following instructions, but not at reading your mind. — Donald Knuth
  • Code never lies, comments sometimes do. — Ron Jeffries
  • I'm not a great programmer; I'm just a good programmer with great habits. — Kent Beck

Top 10 Computer Programming Quotes

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Young man, in mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them. — John Von Neumann

Learning is never done without errors and defeat. — Vladimir Lenin

Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says, ‘It can’t be done.’ — Eleanor Roosevelt

Most of the good programmers do programming not because they expect to get paid or get adulation by the public, but because it is fun to program. — Linus Torvalds

When I was nine, ten, I was super young, but I installed a program on my computer so I could start producing music. — Martin Garrix

The only way to learn a new programming language is by writing programs in it. — Dennis Ritchie

If debugging is the process of removing software bugs, then programming must be the process of putting them in. — Edsger Dijkstra

Java is C++ without the guns, clubs and knives. — James Gosling

C makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot; C++ makes it harder, but when you do it blows your whole leg off. — Bjarne Stroustrup

Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place. Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are, by definition, not smart enough to debug it. — Brian Kernighan

Computer Programming Image Quotes

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Computer programming quote by Linus Torvalds

Talk is cheap. Show me the code. — Linus Torvalds

Computer programming quote by Donald Knuth

Computers are good at following instructions, but not at reading your mind. — Donald Knuth

Computer programming quote by Ron Jeffries

Code never lies, comments sometimes do. — Ron Jeffries

Computer programming quote by Kent Beck

I'm not a great programmer; I'm just a good programmer with great habits. — Kent Beck

Computer programming quote by Niklaus Wirth

Software gets slower faster than hardware gets faster. — Niklaus Wirth

Beautiful Quotes

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Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and twice as beautiful as you'd ever imagined. Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself — Rumi

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. — Helen Keller

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The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. — Eleanor Roosevelt

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The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you. — B. B. King

The most beautiful curve on a woman’s body is her smile. — Bob Marley

The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you. — B.B. King

One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful. — Sigmund Freud

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The most beautiful things are not perfect, they are special — Bob Marley

Every day I feel is a blessing from God. And I consider it a new beginning. Yeah, everything is beautiful. — Prince

When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator. — Mahatma Gandhi

Good Quotes

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A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked. — Bernard Meltzer

With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion. — Steven Weinberg

I've had good times and I've had bad times and I reminisce, maybe when I lay down, but throughout my day I keep myself engulfed in whatever moment I'm in because it could steer me into a depressed state. — Kevin Gates

No matter how successful you become you gotta keep grindin' and be a good person and then good things will come to you. — Meek Mill

Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses. — Ann Landers

You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life. — Winston Churchill

The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries. — Rene Descartes

Women wish to be loved not because they are pretty, or good, or well bred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves. — Henri Frederic Amiel

That is the difference between good teachers and great teachers: good teachers make the best of a pupil's means; great teachers foresee a pupil's ends. My teacher was Ferruccio CusinatiMaria Callas

Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one. — Marcus Aurelius

Computer Programming Work Quotes

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Computer scientists have so far worked on developing powerful programming languages that make it possible to solve the technical problems of computation. Little effort has gone toward devising the languages of interaction. — Donald A. Norman

Simplicity and elegance are unpopular because they require hard work and discipline to achieve and education to be appreciated. — Edsger Dijkstra

Whenever there is a hard job to be done I assign it to a lazy man; he is sure to find an easy way of doing it. — Walter Chrysler

Experience comes from bad judgment. — Mark Twain

Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. — Leonardo da Vinci

In theory, I work an eight-hour day and a five-day week which means I can socialise with my pals who mostly have normal jobs like teaching and computer programming. — Iain Banks

As a rule, software systems do not work well until they have been used, and have failed repeatedly, in real applications. — David Parnas

When I'm working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. — R. Buckminster Fuller

Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest. — Isaac Asimov

Much of my work has come from being lazy. I didn't like writing programs, and so, when I was working on the IBM 701 (an early computer), writing programs for computing missile trajectories, I started work on a programming system to make it easier to write programs. — John Backus

Computer Language Quotes

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That language is an instrument of human reason, and not merely a medium for the expression of thought, is a truth generally admitted. — George Boole

Most of you are familiar with the virtues of a programmer. There are three, of course: laziness, impatience, and hubris. — Larry Wall

Coding is today's language of creativity. All our children deserve a chance to become creators instead consumers of computer science. — Maria Klawe

When debugging, novices insert corrective code; experts remove defective code. — Richard E. Pattis

Language as the technology of human extension, whose powers of division and separation we know so well, may have been the "Tower of Babel" by which men sought to scale the highest heavens. Today computers hold out the promise of a means of instant tr — Marshall McLuhan

The trouble with programmers is that you can never tell what a programmer is doing until it's too late. — Seymour Cray

I think it would be cool if you were writing a ransom note on your computer, if the paper clip popped up and said, 'Looks like you're writing a ransom note. Need help? You should use more forceful language, you'll get more money.' — Demetri Martin

C is quirky, flawed, and an enormous success. — Dennis Ritchie

Good code is its own best documentation. As you're about to add a comment, ask yourself, "How can I improve the code so that this comment isn't needed?" Improve the code and then document it to make it even clearer. — Steve McConnell

The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers. — Richard Hamming

Programming Languages Quotes

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Between rounds of speed chess I read enough of a programming manual to teach myself to write programs on the school's DEC mainframe in the language Basic. — Eric Allin Cornell

The most disastrous thing that you can ever learn is your first programming language. — Alan Kay

The hottest new programming language is English. — Andrej Karpathy

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

Opposites are not contradictory but complementary. — Niels Bohr

The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance. — Robert Coveyou

Computer system analysis is like child-rearing; you can do grievous damage, but you cannot ensure success. — Tom DeMarco

It should be noted that no ethically-trained software engineer would ever consent to write a DestroyBaghdad procedure. Basic professional ethics would instead require him to write a DestroyCity procedure, to which Baghdad could be given as a parameter. — Nathaniel Borenstein

It's not that Perl programmers are idiots, it's that the language rewards idiotic behavior in a way that no other language or tool has ever done. — Erik Naggum

A language that doesn't have everything is actually easier to program in than some that do — Dennis Ritchie

Computer Software Quotes

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The most amazing achievement of the computer software industry is its continuing cancellation of the steady and staggering gains made by the computer hardware industry. — Henry Petroski

Diaspora starts about a thousand years from now. Most of human civilisation has moved inside computers; essentially, a major branch of our descendants consists of conscious software. — Greg Egan

It's hardware that makes a machine fast. It's software that makes a fast machine slow. — Craig Reucassel

The novice-friendly software is more like a misbehaving dog: it shits on the floor, it destroys things, and stinks - the novice-friendly software embodies the opposite of what computer people have dreamed of for decades: artificial stupidity. It's more human. — Erik Naggum

Software suppliers are trying to make their software packages more 'user-friendly'... Their best approach so far has been to take all the old brochures and stamp the words 'user-friendly' on the cover. — Bill Gates

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Software gets slower faster than hardware gets faster. — Niklaus Wirth

If the genome were a computer, the epigenome would be the software. It instructs the newly divided cells on what type of cells they should be and what they should remain, sometimes for decades, as in the case of individual brain neurons and certain immune cells. — David Sinclair

This will surprise some of your readers, but my primary interest is not with computer security. I am primarily interested in writing software that works as intended. — Wietse Venema

The function of good software is to make the complex appear to be simple. — Grady Booch

Considering the current sad state of our computer programs, software development is clearly still a black art, and cannot yet be called an engineering discipline. — William J. Clinton

Computer Science Quotes

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The cloning of humans is on most of the lists of things to worry about from Science, along with behaviour control, genetic engineering, transplanted heads, computer poetry and the unrestrained growth of plastic flowers. — Lewis Thomas

Cryptocurrency is the first practical solution to a longstanding problem in computer science called the Byzantine Generals Problem. — Nick Szabo

I learned that despite having years and years of experience in math and computer science and so on, I didn't really know how to code until I formed a company. — Balaji Srinivasan

Atlantis was a highly evolved civilization where the sciences and arts were far more advanced than one might guess. Atlantis was technologically advanced in genetic engineering, computer science, inter-dimensional physics, and artistically developed with electronic music and crystal art forms. — Frederick Lenz

If we suppose that many natural phenomena are in effect computations, the study of computer science can tell us about the kinds of natural phenomena that can occur. — Rudy Rucker

Random numbers should not be generated with a method chosen at random — Donald Knuth

The desire to economize time and mental effort in arithmetical computations, and to eliminate human liability to error is probably as old as the science of arithmetic itself. — Howard Aiken

The old Atlantean sciences from the tribe of enlightenment, of which there are only a few remnants and chards left in this world, were medicine, law, computers, and the performing arts. — Frederick Lenz

Science is what we understand well enough to explain to a computer. Art is everything else we do. — Donald Knuth

Mathematics is not about numbers, equations, computations, or algorithms: it is about understanding. — William Thurston

Java Programming Quotes

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Now, it's my belief that Python is a lot easier than to teach to students programming and teach them C or C++ or Java at the same time because all the details of the languages are so much harder. Other scripting languages really don't work very well there either. — Guido van Rossum

In my daily work, I work on very large, complex, distributed systems built out of many Python modules and packages. The focus is very similar to what you find, for example, in Java and, in general, in systems programming languages. — Guido van Rossum

However, when Java is promoted as the sole programming language, its flaws and limitations become serious. — Bjarne Stroustrup

While Microsoft does not share all of Oracle's ambitions for Java, we agree that it is a very valuable tool for software developers. — Bill Gates

(In response to Java) Anybody who thinks a little 9,000-line program that's distributed free and can be cloned by anyone is going to affect anything we do at Microsoft has his head screwed on wrong. — Bill Gates

A class, in Java, is where we teach objects how to behave. — Richard E. Pattis

When you write a program for Android, you use the Oracle Java tools for everything, and at the very end, you push a button and say, 'Convert this to Android format.' — Larry Ellison

We think we're going to be especially strong in platform where we have our two platform brands: our database brand is the Oracle Database 12c, and our programming language brand is this thing called Java. — Larry Ellison

Programming Funny Quotes

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A good programmer is someone who always looks both ways before crossing a one-way street. — Doug Linder

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Copy and paste is a design error. — David Parnas

Life is funny. I’d applied to the wrong graduate program, but that eventually led me to the right grad program. — Michael J. Massimino

The cheapest, fastest, and most reliable components are those that aren't there. — Gordon Bell

The 12-step chocolate program: NEVER BE MORE THAN 12 STEPS AWAY FROM CHOCOLATE! — Terry Moore

It's a curious thing about our industry: not only do we not learn from our mistakes, we also don't learn from our successes. — Keith Braithwaite

When someone says, "I want a programming language in which I need only say what I want done," give him a lollipop. — Alan Perlis

Know what you're talking about. — George H. W. Bush

Controlling complexity is the essence of computer programming. — Brian Kernighan

Crash programs fail because they are based on theory that, with nine women pregnant, you can get a baby in a month. — Wernher Von Braun

Software Development Quotes

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Deep Learning is a form of human-assisted but mostly constraint-driven software development. It works because a particular smooth relaxation of program space allows a surprisingly efficient and effective local search. Something like that, my favorite definition. — Andrej Karpathy

The suddenness of the leap from hardware to software cannot but produce a period of anarchy and collapse, especially in the developed countries. — Marshall McLuhan

Education builds software for your brain. — Edward O. Thorp

The single most important thing for any processor is getting adoption by software developers. — Jen-Hsun Jensen Huang

The most important single aspect of software development is to be clear about what you are trying to build. — Bjarne Stroustrup

To understand recursion, one must first understand recursion. — Stephen Hawking

Computers themselves, and software yet to be developed, will revolutionize the way we learn. — Steve Jobs

I developed some unique software to public it on the web that I call the Folklore Project. — Andy Hertzfeld

When to use iterative development? You should use iterative development only on projects that you want to succeed. — Martin Fowler

One bad programmer can easily create two new jobs a year. — David Parnas

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More Computer Programming Quotes

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And from the time I was a kid, I've had this internal monologue roaring through my head, which doesn't stop - unless I'm asleep. I'm sure every person has this; it's just that my monologue is particularly loud. And particularly troublesome. I'm constantly asking myself questions. And the problem with that is that your brain is like a computer: If you ask a question, it's programmed to respond, whether there's an answer or not. I'm constantly weighing everything in my mind and trying to predict how my actions will influence events. Or maybe manipulate events are the more appropriate words. It's like playing a game of chess with your own life. And I hate fucking chess! — Jordan Belfort

Bad programmers worry about the code. Good programmers worry about data structures and their relationships. — Linus Torvalds

Computer programming is an art, because it applies accumulated knowledge to the world, because it requires skill and ingenuity, and especially because it produces objects of beauty. A programmer who subconsciously views himself as an artist will enjoy what he does and will do it better. — Donald Knuth

Humans program each other by prompt engineering too, so it's interesting to see that form of programming becoming increasingly prevalent with computers. Programming turns into a kind of applied psychology of neural nets, biological or synthetic. — Andrej Karpathy

People who are more than casually interested in computers should have at least some idea of what the underlying hardware is like. Otherwise the programs they write will be pretty weird. — Donald Knuth

The most used program in computers and education is PowerPoint. What are you learning about the nature of the medium by knowing how do to a great PowerPoint presentation? Nothing. It certainly doesnt teach you how to think critically about living in a culture of simulation. — Sherry Turkle

The computer programmer is a creator of universes for which he alone is responsible. Universes of virtually unlimited complexity can be created in the form of computer programs. — Joseph Weizenbaum

The purpose of abstraction is not to be vague, but to create a new semantic level in which one can be absolutely precise. — Edsger Dijkstra

You can either have software quality or you can have pointer arithmetic, but you cannot have both at the same time. — Bertrand Meyer

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