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


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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.



AI has by now succeeded in doing essentially everything that requires 'thinking' but has failed to do most of what people and animals do 'without thinking'-that, somehow, is much harder.

AI has by now succeeded in doing essentially everything that requires 'thinking' but has failed to do most of what people and animals do 'without thinking'-that, somehow, is much harder.





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A pretty face and a beautiful body blind a man more quickly than any poker through the eyes.

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The real test of a musician is live performance. It's one thing to spend a long time learning how to play well in the studio, but to do it in front of people is what keeps me coming back to touring.

The real test of a musician is live performance. It's one thing to spend a long time learning how to play well in the studio, but to do it in front of people is what keeps me coming back to touring.



I think life is about having the mixture of the curiosity of an older person and the imagination of a child.

I think life is about having the mixture of the curiosity of an older person and the imagination of a child.



We are what we must And not what we would be. I know that one hour Assures not another. The will and the power Are diverse.

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[On hearing that President Coolidge was dead:] How can you tell?

[On hearing that President Coolidge was dead:] How can you tell?



Chaperons, even in their days of glory, were almost never able to enforce morality; what they did was to force immorality to be discreet. This is no small contribution.

Chaperons, even in their days of glory, were almost never able to enforce morality; what they did was to force immorality to be discreet. This is no small contribution.



I am very fond of Edith Wharton. She's quite high brow but also a great storyteller. My favorite is 'The House of Mirth.' I also like 'The Reef.

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I don't like perpetuating the stereotype of black males being drug dealers, and criminals.

I don't like perpetuating the stereotype of black males being drug dealers, and criminals.



Why did the Soviet Union disintegrate? Why did the Soviet Communist Party collapse? An important reason was that their ideals and beliefs had been shaken.

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