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Neal Stephenson Quote: “Software development, like professional sports, has a way of making thirty-year-old men feel decrepit.”

Software development, like professional sports, has a way of making thirty-year-old men feel decrepit.

— Neal Stephenson



Neal Stephenson Quote: “To condense fact from the vapor of nuance.”

To condense fact from the vapor of nuance.

— Neal Stephenson


Neal Stephenson Quote: “Well, all information looks like noise until you break the code.”

Well, all information looks like noise until you break the code.

— Neal Stephenson


Neal Stephenson Quote: “Unix is not so much an operating system as an oral history.”

Unix is not so much an operating system as an oral history.

— Neal Stephenson


Neal Stephenson Quote: “I use emacs, which might be thought of as a thermonuclear word processor.”

I use emacs, which might be thought of as a thermonuclear word processor.

— Neal Stephenson


Neal Stephenson Quote: “When you are wrestling for possession of a sword, the man with the handle always wins.”

When you are wrestling for possession of a sword, the man with the handle always wins.

— Neal Stephenson


Neal Stephenson Quote: “Boredom is a mask frustration wears.”

Boredom is a mask frustration wears.

— Neal Stephenson


Neal Stephenson Quote: “I don’t even want you to nod, that’s how much you annoy me. Just freeze and shut up.”

I don’t even want you to nod, that’s how much you annoy me. Just freeze and shut up.

— Neal Stephenson


Neal Stephenson Quote: “It was, of course, nothing more than sexism, the especially virulent type espoused by male techies who sincerely believe that they are too smart to be sexists.”

It was, of course, nothing more than sexism, the especially virulent type espoused by male techies who sincerely believe that they are too smart to be sexists.

— Neal Stephenson


Neal Stephenson Quote: “What’s hard, in hacking as in fiction, is not writing, it’s deciding what to write.”

What’s hard, in hacking as in fiction, is not writing, it’s deciding what to write.

— Neal Stephenson



Neal Stephenson Quote: “Emacs is written in Lisp, which is the only computer language that is beautiful.”

Emacs is written in Lisp, which is the only computer language that is beautiful.

— Neal Stephenson


Neal Stephenson Quote: “The story is everything, so it always begins with a story. Research is a kind of scaffolding built underneath the story as I go along. My enjoyment level varies, but in general, I’m writing about topics I find interesting, so I can’t gripe too much.”

The story is everything, so it always begins with a story. Research is a kind of scaffolding built underneath the story as I go along. My enjoyment level varies, but in general, I’m writing about topics I find interesting, so I can’t gripe too much.

— Neal Stephenson


Neal Stephenson Quote: “Interesting things happen along borders – transitions – not in the middle where everything is the same.”

Interesting things happen along borders – transitions – not in the middle where everything is the same.

— Neal Stephenson


Neal Stephenson Quote: “The sight of the bare katana inspires everyone to a practically Nipponese level of politeness.”

The sight of the bare katana inspires everyone to a practically Nipponese level of politeness.

— Neal Stephenson


Neal Stephenson Quote: “Nothing is more important than that you see and love the beauty that is right in front of you, or else you will have no defense against the ugliness that will hem you in and come at you in so many ways.”

Nothing is more important than that you see and love the beauty that is right in front of you, or else you will have no defense against the ugliness that will hem you in and come at you in so many ways.

— Neal Stephenson


Neal Stephenson Quote: “Clearly Mr. Drkh has had a long career of being the weirdest person in any given room, but he’s about to go down in flames.”

Clearly Mr. Drkh has had a long career of being the weirdest person in any given room, but he’s about to go down in flames.

— Neal Stephenson


Neal Stephenson Quote: “How could your cover be blown in Canada? Why even bother going dark there? How could you tell?”

How could your cover be blown in Canada? Why even bother going dark there? How could you tell?

— Neal Stephenson


Neal Stephenson Quote: “So, you’re worried that a pink dragon will fly over the concent and fart nerve gas on us?”

So, you’re worried that a pink dragon will fly over the concent and fart nerve gas on us?

— Neal Stephenson


Neal Stephenson Quote: “Humans needed water or they would die, but dirty water killed as surely as thirst. You had to boil it before you drank it. This culture around tea was a way of tiptoeing along the knife edge between those two ways of dying.”

Humans needed water or they would die, but dirty water killed as surely as thirst. You had to boil it before you drank it. This culture around tea was a way of tiptoeing along the knife edge between those two ways of dying.

— Neal Stephenson


Neal Stephenson Quote: “They knew many things but had no idea why. And strangely this made them more, rather than less, certain that they were right.”

They knew many things but had no idea why. And strangely this made them more, rather than less, certain that they were right.

— Neal Stephenson


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