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Top 180 Larry Wall Quotes (2023 Update)
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Larry Wall Quote: “Reserve your abuse for your true friends.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Perl is designed to give you several ways to do anything, so consider picking the most readable one.”
Larry Wall Quote: “There’s many scripting languages in the world, Perl is a little bit special because it is based more on some ideas from the way natural languages work.”
Larry Wall Quote: “If you write something wrong enough, I’ll be glad to make up a new witticism just for you.”
Larry Wall Quote: “All language designers are arrogant. Goes with the territory...”
Larry Wall Quote: “Just because you’re into control doesn’t mean you’re in control.”
Larry Wall Quote: “To be a good artist, you have to serve the work of art and allow it to be what it is supposed to be.”
Larry Wall Quote: “The way I see it, if you declare something portable, you’ll always be wrong, and if you declare it non-portable, you’ll always be right.”
Larry Wall Quote: “So please don’t think I have a ‘down’ on the MVS people. I’m just pulling off their arms to beat other people over the head with.”
Larry Wall Quote: “You need to go and find someone to teach you the rudiments of irrational discourse.”
Larry Wall Quote: “But you have to allow a little for the desire to evangelize when you think you have good news.”
Larry Wall Quote: “I’m not too concerned about the future of Perl after me, because I see how these people are interacting with each other and even when I’m not there, they are helping each other and solving each other’s problems in a way that I could not do, even if I were there.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Even the White House has a press agent.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Life gets boring, someone invents another necessity, and once again we turn the crank on the screwjack of progress hoping that nobody gets screwed.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Part of language design is perturbing the proposed feature in various directions to see how it might generalize in the future.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Let’s say the docs present a simplified view of reality...”
Larry Wall Quote: “It’s appositival, if it’s there. And it doesn’t have to be there. And it’s really obvious that it’s there when it’s there.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Basically there’s just so much stuff flowing past on the internet now, you have to let most of it go. And I’ve grown accustomed to the process of not worrying too much about the stuff I’m not getting to, because the important stuff will come back around.”
Larry Wall Quote: “I think software patents are a bad idea. Many patents are given for trivial inventions.”
Larry Wall Quote: “It’s easier to make up sayings people like to hear than sayings they like to heed.”
Larry Wall Quote: “I’m sorry, but you just made me lose my sense of humor, which is deeply regrettable.”
Larry Wall Quote: “If someone stinks, view it as a reason to help them, not a reason to avoid them.”
Larry Wall Quote: “One operator is no big deal. That can be fixed in a jiffy.”
Larry Wall Quote: “I’m never satisfied because I’ve been always interested in too many things and I always want to do everything at once.”
Larry Wall Quote: “What you’ll need most is courage. It is not an easy path that you’ve set your foot upon.”
Larry Wall Quote: “The choice of approaches could be made the responsibility of the programmer.”
Larry Wall Quote: “I think I’m likely to be certified before Perl is...”
Larry Wall Quote: “I want to see people using Perl to glue things together creatively, not just technically but also socially.”
Larry Wall Quote: “There’s often more than one correct thing. There’s often more than one right thing. There’s often more than one obvious thing.”
Larry Wall Quote: “I think operating systems work best if they’re free and open. Particular applications are more likely to be proprietary.”
Larry Wall Quote: “I’m just paid to do whatever I want to do. Some of the time it’s development, and some of the time it’s just goofing off.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Odd that we think definitions are definitive.”
Larry Wall Quote: “What about WRITING it first and rationalizing it afterwards?”
Larry Wall Quote: “If you’re a large corporation, you can afford to pay the money to register patents, but if you’re an individual like me, you can’t.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Save it for my unauthorized autobiography.”
Larry Wall Quote: “The world has become a larger place. The universe has been expanding, and Perl’s been expanding along with the universe.”
Larry Wall Quote: “In general, they do what you want, unless you want consistency.”
Larry Wall Quote: “We can debug relationships, but it’s always good policy to consider the people themselves to be features. People get annoyed when you try to debug them.”
Larry Wall Quote: “It’s hard to tune heavily tuned code.”
Larry Wall Quote: “You know, I’ve got my hands in 30 or 40 different pots simultaneously and so I have a little bit of all of that where I work.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Natural languages generally are not designed by humans, they’re just designed by the participants and you say something new and somebody else says, “Oh, that’s a cool way to say it,” and the next thing you know, everyone is saying it because it’s shiny.”
Larry Wall Quote: “A ‘goto’ in Perl falls into the category of hard things that should be possible, not easy things that should be easy.”
Larry Wall Quote: “That which hits the fan tends to get flung in all directions.”
Larry Wall Quote: “While I have historically been a late worker, you know, sometimes I even like to get up early and see what’s happened in the few hours of the night and then I often take a nap in the middle of the day just to sort of make up for stretching my day out.”
Larry Wall Quote: “One of the very basic ideas of Post-Modernism is rejection of arbitrary power structures. Different people are sensitive to different kinds of power structures.”
Larry Wall Quote: “I’m afraid my gut level reaction is basically, proceed is cute, but cute doesn’t cut it in the emergency room.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Human languages tend to be much more ambiguous than computer languages because humans are much smarter about interpreting the context.”
Larry Wall Quote: “To ordinary folks, conversion is not always automatic. It’s something that may or may not require explicit assistance. See Billy Graham.”
Larry Wall Quote: “Well, you know, Hubbard had a bunch of people sworn to commit suicide when he died. So of course he never officially died...”
Larry Wall Quote: “Would you trust the linguistic intuitions of someone who has been studying Latin or Greek for three days?”
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