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Top 180 Larry Wall Quotes (2023 Update)
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Larry Wall Quote: “Perl doesn’t have an infatuation with enforced privacy. It would prefer that you stayed out of its living room because you weren’t invited, not because it has a shotgun.”
Larry Wall Quote: “I’ve decided I don’t want to be a manager. Every time you try to be responsive to your employees, they say you’re being reactive and not proactive. And when you try to be proactive, they accuse you of being capricious and arbitrary. So I don’t wanna be a manager...”
Larry Wall Quote: “And don’t tell me there isn’t one bit of difference between null and space, because that’s exactly how much difference there is.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Real theology is always rather shocking to people who already think they know what they think. I’m still shocked myself.”
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 was raised a musician and I played classic music, violin, in orchestras and music comedy theaters, I have music running around in my head all the time, and if I hear music that’s too interesting, I have to pay attention to it.”
Larry Wall Quote: “I think I’ll side with the pissheads on this one.”
Larry Wall Quote: “It is easier to port a shell than a shell script.”
Larry Wall Quote: “But the possibility of abuse may be a good reason for leaving capabilities out of other computer languages, it’s not a good reason for leaving capabilities out of Perl .”
Larry Wall Quote: “Don’t wear rollerskates to a tug-of-war.”
Larry Wall Quote: “It is my job in life to travel all roads, so that some may take the road less travelled, and others the road more travelled, and all have a pleasant day.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Younger hackers are hard to classify. They’re probably just as diverse as the old hackers are. We’re all over the map.”
Larry Wall Quote: “I wouldn’t ever write the full sentence myself, but then, I never use goto either.”
Larry Wall Quote: “When in doubt, parenthesize. At the very least it will let some poor schmuck bounce on the % key in vi.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Computer languages differ not so much in what they make possible, but in what they make easy.”
Larry Wall Quote: “This job of playing God is a little too big for me. Nevertheless, someone has to do it, so I’ll try my best to fake it.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Well, coffee is my drug of choice, generally, with a little bit of Pepsi here and there, if I need more sugar. But yeah, if I could do intravenous coffee, I would. But I guess that’s pretty standard.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Sometimes I wish I could put an expiration date on my quotes.”
Larry Wall Quote: “If any ideology is so serious that you can’t have fun while you’re doing it, it’s probably too serious.”
Larry Wall Quote: “It would be possible to optimize some forms of goto, but I haven’t bothered.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Orthogonality for orthogonality’s sake is not something I’m keen on.”
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: “The autodecrement is not magical.”
Larry Wall Quote: “When’s the last time you used duct tape on a duct?”
Larry Wall Quote: “It’s easy to solve the halting problem with a shotgun.”
Larry Wall Quote: “The young think they are immortal, and are determined to prove otherwise.”
Larry Wall Quote: “You can never entirely stop being what you once were. That’s why it’s important to be the right person today, and not put it off till tomorrow.”
Larry Wall Quote: “What is the sound of Perl? Is it not the sound of a wall that people have stopped banging their heads against?”
Larry Wall Quote: “Are you perchance running on a 64-bit machine?”
Larry Wall Quote: “The purpose of most computer languages is to lengthen your resume by a word and a comma.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Many computer scientists have fallen into the trap of trying to define languages like George Orwell’s Newspeak, in which it is impossible to think bad thoughts. What they end up doing is killing the creativity of programming.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Information wants to be useful.”
Larry Wall Quote: “For the sake of argument I’ll ignore all your fighting words.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Information doesn’t want to be free. Information wants to be valuable.”
Larry Wall Quote: “You don’t have to know the whole language to use it usefully, you can do baby talk, you can do grown up talk, you can cuss in it, you can write poetry, you can be a playwright, is sort of the idea.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Down that path lies madness. On the other hand, the road to hell is paved with melting snowballs.”
Larry Wall Quote: “I think the way IBM has embraced the open source philosophy has been quite astonishing, but gratifying. I hope they’ll do very well with it.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Doing linear scans over an associative array is like trying to club someone to death with a loaded Uzi.”
Larry Wall Quote: “It should be illegal to yell ‘Y2K’ in a crowded economy.”
Larry Wall Quote: “The random quantum fluctuations of my brain are historical accidents that happen to have decided that the concepts of dynamic scoping and lexical scoping are orthogonal and should remain that way.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Perl has a long tradition of working around compilers.”
Larry Wall Quote: “True greatness is measured by how much freedom you give to others, not by how much you can coerce others to do what you want.”
Larry Wall Quote: “We’re really serious about reinventing everything that needs reinventing.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Some of modern engineering is necessary to good art. But I think of myself is a cultural artist.”
Larry Wall Quote: “It’s there as a sop to former Ada programmers.”
Larry Wall Quote: “As pointed out in a followup, Real Perl Programmers prefer things to be visually distinct.”
Larry Wall Quote: “The whole history of computers is rampant with cheerleading at best and bigotry at worst.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Perhaps I’m missing the gene for making enemies.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Perhaps you should compile your Perl with long doubles one of these megaseconds.”
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