Computer quotes

computer quotes

Computer quotes can be found in famous computer literature and many other source material. Over the passed decades since the invention of the computer we are able to find many famous computer related quotes. I tried to search a few of those quotes to make use of the occasion to share them with you. Here a list of some computer quotes that I find inspiring, appealing or in other ways interesting to put in a list of need to know computer quotes.

“The digital revolution is far more significant than the invention of writing or even of printing” – Douglas Engelbart

“Never trust a computer you can’t throw out a window” – Steve Wozniak

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur C. Clarke

“Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most the things they make it easier to do don’t need to be done” – Andy Rooney

“The goal of Computer Science is to build something that will last at least until we’ve finished building it.” – Anonymous

“Every programme is a part of some other programme, and rarely fits” – The Complete Microsoft Internal Jokes, Vol.III

“When the programme refuses to work as intended, change the specification to fit the programme. It’s easier than vice versa” – Briefing for new programmers joining Microsoft, 1995

“I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we’ve ever created” – Bill Gates

“If the code and the comments disagree, then both are probably wrong” – Norm Schryer

“640k is enough for anyone, and by the way, what’s a network?” – William Gates III, President of Microsoft Corporation, 1984.

“Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later” – Brook’s Law

“BUG, n.: An undesirable, poorly-understood undocumented feature” – The Devil’s Dictionary to Computer Studies

“Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy” – Joseph Cambell

“Computers are useless. They can only give you answers” – Pablo Picasso

“Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program winning the world chess championship. Humanity needs a lesson in humility” – Richard Dawkins

“One of the most feared expressions in modern times is ‘The computer is down’” – Norman Ralph Augustine

“Access to computers and the Internet has become a basic need for education in our society” – Kent Conrad

“If your computer speaks English, it was probably made in Japan” – Alan Perlis

“Modern people are only willing to believe in their computers, while I believe in myself” – Alain Robert

“The future lies in designing and selling computers that people don’t realize are computers at all” – Adam Osborne

“Software comes from heaven when you have good hardware” – Ken Olsen

“Yeah, microchips, but what… is it good for?” – an IBM senior engineer, 1968

“R2-D2, you know better than to trust a strange computer” – C-3PO, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

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Rowan Gonzalez

Founder & Chief Web Editor at Computer Stories
Rowan is the founder and Chief Web Editor of Computer Stories. He studied Communication and Multimedia Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam from which he graduated in 2013. Rowan's passionate about computer technologies that make the world and our lives a little better.