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If you optimize everything, you will always be unhappy.


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Programming is the art of telling another human being what one wants the computer to do.

Programming is the art of telling another human being what one wants the computer to do.



Random numbers should not be generated with a method chosen at random

Random numbers should not be generated with a method chosen at random



Computers are good at following instructions, but not at reading your mind.

Computers are good at following instructions, but not at reading your mind.



People who are more than casually interested in computers should have at least some idea of what the underlying hardware is like. Otherwise the programs they write will be pretty weird.

People who are more than casually interested in computers should have at least some idea of what the underlying hardware is like. Otherwise the programs they write will be pretty weird.



Science is what we understand well enough to explain to a computer. Art is everything else we do.

Science is what we understand well enough to explain to a computer. Art is everything else we do.



Everyday life is like programming, I guess. If you love something you can put beauty into it.

Everyday life is like programming, I guess. If you love something you can put beauty into it.



Programs are meant to be read by humans and only incidentally for computers to execute.

Programs are meant to be read by humans and only incidentally for computers to execute.



We should forget about small efficiencies, say about 97% of the time: premature optimization is the root of all evil.

We should forget about small efficiencies, say about 97% of the time: premature optimization is the root of all evil.



People think that computer science is the art of geniuses but the actual reality is the opposite, just many people doing things that build on each other, like a wall of mini stones.

People think that computer science is the art of geniuses but the actual reality is the opposite, just many people doing things that build on each other, like a wall of mini stones.



The whole thing that makes a mathematician’s life worthwhile is that he gets the grudging admiration of three or four colleagues.

The whole thing that makes a mathematician’s life worthwhile is that he gets the grudging admiration of three or four colleagues.





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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a sane employee in possession of his wits must be in want of a good manager.



Do you ever want to go home?' I asked Paul.He brushed an ash from my face. 'It's the century of the displaced person, ' he said. 'You can never go home.

Do you ever want to go home?' I asked Paul.He brushed an ash from my face. 'It's the century of the displaced person, ' he said. 'You can never go home.



No man should part with his own individuality and become that of another.

No man should part with his own individuality and become that of another.



The health of the soul is as precarious as that of the body; for when we seem secure from passions, we are no less in danger of their infection than we are of falling ill when we appear to be well.

The health of the soul is as precarious as that of the body; for when we seem secure from passions, we are no less in danger of their infection than we are of falling ill when we appear to be well.



I can't stay engaged for years with a book unless it has feelings. It can't be an idea for me - it has to be a felt thing.

I can't stay engaged for years with a book unless it has feelings. It can't be an idea for me - it has to be a felt thing.



When you decide to hit rock bottom, humiliation is part of the deal.

When you decide to hit rock bottom, humiliation is part of the deal.



Suspicion is not less an enemy to virtue than to happiness; he that is already corrupt is naturally suspicious, and he that becomes suspicious will quickly be corrupt.

Suspicion is not less an enemy to virtue than to happiness; he that is already corrupt is naturally suspicious, and he that becomes suspicious will quickly be corrupt.



In war it is not men, but the man who counts.

In war it is not men, but the man who counts.



How do I know who I am or where I am? How could a single wave locate itself in an ocean.

How do I know who I am or where I am? How could a single wave locate itself in an ocean.



Faith fills a man with love for the beauty of its truth, with faith in the truth of its beauty

Faith fills a man with love for the beauty of its truth, with faith in the truth of its beauty




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