Donald Knuth Quotes

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Donald Knuth Quote: “Premature optimization is the root of all evil.”


Donald Knuth Quote: “Programming is the art of telling another human being what one wants the computer to do.”

Donald Knuth Quote: “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 Quote: “An algorithm must be seen to be believed.”

Donald Knuth Quote: “Everyday life is like programming, I guess. If you love something you can put beauty into it.”

Donald Knuth Quote: “Science is what we understand well enough to explain to a computer. Art is everything else we do.”

Donald Knuth Quote: “Always remember, however, that there’s usually a simpler and better way to do something than the first way that pops into your head.”

Donald Knuth Quote: “A mathematical formula should never be “owned” by anybody! Mathematics belong to God.”

Donald Knuth Quote: “Computers are good at following instructions, but not at reading your mind.”

Donald Knuth Quote: “Beware of bugs in the above code; I have only proved it correct, not tried it.”


Donald Knuth Quote: “For his major contributions to the analysis of algorithms and the design of programming languages, and in particular for his contributions to the “art of computer programming” through his well-known books in a continuous series by this title.”

Donald Knuth Quote: “It is much more rewarding to do more with less.”

Donald Knuth Quote: “We should forget about small efficiencies, say about 97% of the time: premature optimization is the root of all evil. Yet we should not pass up our opportunities in that critical 3%.”

Donald Knuth Quote: “We should continually be striving to transform every art into a science: in the process, we advance the art.”

Donald Knuth Quote: “The best theory is inspired by practice.”

Donald Knuth Quote: “I define UNIX as 30 definitions of regular expressions living under one roof.”

Donald Knuth Quote: “The important thing, once you have enough to eat and a nice house, is what you can do for others, what you can contribute to the enterprise as a whole.”

Donald Knuth Quote: “If you optimize everything, you will always be unhappy.”

Donald Knuth Quote: “Programming is legitimate and necessary academic endeavour.”

Donald Knuth Quote: “People think that computer science is the art of geniuses but the actual reality is the opposite, just many people doing things that build on each other, like a wall of mini stones.”

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