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Top 180 Larry Wall Quotes (2024 Update)

Larry Wall Quote: “Laziness is a programmers main virtue.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Programmers can be lazy.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Real programmers can write assembly code in any language.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Most of you are familiar with the virtues of a programmer. There are three, of course: laziness, impatience, and hubris.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Well, I think Perl should run faster than C.”
Larry Wall Quote: “There’s a saying in the software design industry: “Good. Fast. Cheap. Pick two.””
Larry Wall Quote: “Easy things should be easy, and hard things should be possible.”
Larry Wall Quote: “People get annoyed when you try to debug them.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Many days I don’t write any code at all, and some days I spend all day writing code.”
Larry Wall Quote: “A journey of a thousand miles continues with the second step.”
Larry Wall Quote: “The Harvard Law states: Under controlled conditions of light, temperature, humidity, and nutrition, the organism will do as it damn well pleases.”
Larry Wall Quote: “You can’t change the past. You can’t even change the future, in the sense that you can only change the present one moment at a time, stubbornly, until the future unwinds itself into the stories of our lives.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Call me bored, but don’t call me boring.”
Larry Wall Quote: “At many levels, Perl is a ‘diagonal’ language.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Computer programming is really a lot like writing a recipe. If you’ve read a recipe, you know what the structure of a recipe is, it’s got some things up at the top that are your ingredients, and below that, the directions for how to deal with those ingredients.”
Larry Wall Quote: “A good messenger expects to get shot.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Although the Perl Slogan is There’s More Than One Way to Do It, I hesitate to make 10 ways to do something.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Take Lisp, you know its the most beautiful language in the world – at least up until Haskell came along.”
Larry Wall Quote: “For me, writing is a love-hate relationship.”
Larry Wall Quote: “The computer should be doing the hard work. That’s what it’s paid to do, after all.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Lisp has all the visual appeal of oatmeal with fingernail clippings mixed in.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Over the long term, symbiosis is more useful than parasitism. More fun, too. Ask any mitochondria.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Computer language design is just like a stroll in the park. Jurassic Park, that is.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Being famous has its benefits, but fame isn’t one of them.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Just don’t create a file called.”
Larry Wall Quote: “A Perl program is correct if it gets the job done before your boss fires you.”
Larry Wall Quote: “If you and I always agree, then one of us is redundant.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Think of prototypes as a funny markup language – the interpretation is left up to the rendering engine.”
Larry Wall Quote: “The camel has evolved to be relatively self-sufficient. On the other hand, the camel has not evolved to smell good. Neither has Perl.”
Larry Wall Quote: “You want it in one line? Does it have to fit in 80 columns?”
Larry Wall Quote: “I think it’s a new feature. Don’t tell anyone it was an accident.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Hubris itself will not let you be an artist.”
Larry Wall Quote: “I procrastinate, but mostly because there’s always too many things to do, and I got the stew in my mind that things do bubble up, so I’ll throw things in there and let them stew around. It’s sort of like greasing the squeaky wheels in my own brain.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Perl is worse than Python because people wanted it worse.”
Larry Wall Quote: “The potential of greater good goes right along with the potential for greater evil.”
Larry Wall Quote: “I think computer science, by and large, is still stuck in the Modern age.”
Larry Wall Quote: “The problem with being consistent is that there are lots of ways to be consistent, and they’re all inconsistent with each other.”
Larry Wall Quote: “A lazy person will try to always find some way to do something; they’ll always be looking for ways of doing something faster, more efficiently, and if you really want to control the world, that’s a really sort of hubristic notion – excessive pride, the thing that Zeus zaps you for having.”
Larry Wall Quote: “To Perl, or not to Perl, that is the kvetching.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Post-Modernism was a reaction against Modernism. It came quite early to music and literature, and a little later to architecture. And I think it’s still coming to computer science.”
Larry Wall Quote: “There’s some entertainment value in watching people juggle nitroglycerin.”
Larry Wall Quote: “As a linguist, I don’t think of Ada as a big language. Now, English and Japanese, those are big languages. Ada is just a medium-sized language.”
Larry Wall Quote: “I note that the Python folks still think they like JPython. I wonder how long that will last?”
Larry Wall Quote: “Though I’ll admit readability suffers slightly...”
Larry Wall Quote: “Unix is like a toll road on which you have to stop every 50 feet to pay another nickel. But hey! You only feel 5 cents poorer each time.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Guilty as charged. Perl is happily ugly, and happily derivative.”
Larry Wall Quote: “We don’t have enough parallel universes to allow all uses of all junction types – in the absence of quantum computing the combinatorics are not in our favor...”
Larry Wall Quote: “The three chief virtues of a programmer are: Laziness, Impatience and Hubris.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Almost nothing in Perl serves a single purpose.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Symmetry is overrated. Overrated is symmetry.”
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