Alan Perlis Quotes

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Alan Perlis Quote: “C programmers never die. They are just cast into void.”


Alan Perlis Quote: “There are two ways to write error-free programs; only the third one works.”

Alan Perlis Quote: “A language that doesn’t affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing.”

Alan Perlis Quote: “A good programming language is a conceptual universe for thinking about programming.”

Alan Perlis Quote: “A year spent in artificial intelligence is enough to make one believe in God.”


Alan Perlis Quote: “Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it.”

Alan Perlis Quote: “Optimization hinders evolution. Everything should be built top-down, except the first time. Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.”

Alan Perlis Quote: “LISP programmers know the value of everything and the cost of nothing.”

Alan Perlis Quote: “Syntactic sugar causes cancer of the semicolon.”

Alan Perlis Quote: “A programming language is low level when its programs require attention to the irrelevant.”


Alan Perlis Quote: “Don’t have good ideas if you aren’t willing to be responsible for them.”

Alan Perlis Quote: “If your computer speaks English, it was probably made in Japan.”

Alan Perlis Quote: “When someone says, “I want a programming language in which I need only say what I want done,” give him a lollipop.”

Alan Perlis Quote: “Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.”

Alan Perlis Quote: “Some programming languages manage to absorb change, but withstand progress.”

Alan Perlis Quote: “It is better to have 100 functions operate on one data structure than to have 10 functions operate on 10 data structures.”

Alan Perlis Quote: “One man’s constant is another man’s variable.”

Alan Perlis Quote: “Dealing with failure is easy: Work hard to improve. Success is also easy to handle: You’ve solved the wrong problem. Work hard to improve.”

Alan Perlis Quote: “Learning French is trivial: the word for horse is cheval, and everything else follows in the same way.”

Alan Perlis Quote: “In English every word can be verbed. Would that it were so in our programming languages.”

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