20 Quotes Every Software Engineer Should Know


“There are 10 people in the world, those who can read BINARY and those who cannot.”
– Anonymous

“A clever person solves a problem. A wise person AVOIDS it.”
– Albert Einstein

Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.
– Rich Cook

“Before software can be reusable it first has to be usable.”
– Ralph Johnson

“There’s no time to stop for gas, we’re already late”
– Karin Donker

“To go faster, slow down. Everybody who knows about orbital mechanics understands that.”
– Scott Cherf

“On the radio the other night, Jimmy Connors said the best advice he ever got was”
• Do it
• Do it RIGHT

“It is NOT ENOUGH to do your best: you must KNOW what to do, and THEN do your best.”
– W.Edwards Deming

“Abraham Lincoln reportedly said that, given eight hours to chop down a tree, he’d spend six sharpenning his axe.”

“The significant problems we face cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.”
– Albert Einstein

“When somebody begins a sentence with “IT WOULD BE NICE IF..” the right thing to do is to wait politely for the speaker to finish.
No project ever gets around to the IT WOULD-BE-NICE FEATURES: or if they do, they regret it.
Wait for sentences that begin “WE HAVE TO..” and pay close attention, and see if you agree.”
– Tom Van Vleck

“Why do we never have time to do it right, but always have time to DO IT OVER?”
– Anonymous

“It’s hard enough to find an error in your code when you’re looking for it; its even harder when you’ve ASSUMED your code is ERROR-FREE.”
– Steve McConnell

“Simple things should be simple, complex things should be POSSIBLE.”

“The perfect project plan is POSSIBLE if one first documents a list of ALL the UNKNOWNS.”
– Bill Langley

“Software and cathedrals are much the same – first we build them, then we pray.”

“FAST. GOOD. CHEAP. Choose any two.”
– Common Project Scheduling Mantra

“Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later.”
– Fred Brooks

9 women CANNOT make a baby in ONE MONTH.
– Fred Brooks

Walking on water and developing software from a specification are easy if both are frozen.
– Edward V Berard


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