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A list is only as strong as its weakest link.
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An algorithm must be seen to be believed.
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Any inaccuracies in this index may be explained by the fact that it has been sorted with the help of a computer.
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Beware of bugs in the above code; I have only proved it correct, not tried it.
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God is a challenge because there is no proof of his existence and therefore the search must continue.
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I decry the current tendency to seek patents on algorithms. There are better ways to earn a living than to prevent other people from making use of one's contributions to computer science.
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If you find that you're spending almost all your time on theory, start turning some attention to practical things; it will improve your theories. If you find that you're spending almost all your time on practice, start turning some attention to theoretical things; it will improve your practice.
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If you optimize everything, you will always be unhappy.
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In fact what I would like to see is thousands of computer scientists let loose to do whatever they want. That's what really advances the field.
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Let us change our traditional attitude to the construction of programs. Instead of imagining that our main task is to instruct a computer what to do, let us concentrate rather on explaining to human beings what we want a computer to do.
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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 eachother, like a wall of mini stones.
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Premature optimization is the root of all evil (or at least most of it) in programming.
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Science is what we understand well enough to explain to a computer. Art is everything else we do.
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The hardest thing is to go to sleep at night, when there are so many urgent things needing to be done. A huge gap exists between what we know is possible with today's machines and what we have so far been able to finish.
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The manuals we got from IBM would show examples of programs and I knew I could do a heck of a lot better than that. So I thought I might have some talent.
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The most important thing in the kitchen is the waste paper basket and it needs to be centrally located.
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The most important thing in the programming language is the name. A language will not succeed without a good name. I have recently invented a very good name and now I am looking for a suitable language.
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There's ways to amuse yourself while doing things and thats how I look at efficency.
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