Programming Quotes

A bunch of quotes about programming that I’ve collected over the years from assorted internet locations.


Greenspun’s Tenth Rule of Programming:

“Any sufficiently complicated C or Fortran program contains an ad-hoc, informally-specified bug-ridden slow implementation of half of Common Lisp.”

“Good code in perl is fine, but there’s something about bad code in perl that’s worse than bad code in other languages, something very HP-Lovecraft-mad-servants-of-the-elder-gods-chattering-in-the-extradimensional-insect-language kind of bad that makes my head hurt when I have to read it.”

— Jish Karoshi in comp.lang.ruby

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