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23 Computers Quotations

''To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer.''
- Farmers' Almanac


''I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.''
- Isaac Asimov


''Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.''
- Isaac Asimov


''"The most likely way for the world to be destroyed, most experts agree, is by accident.
That's where we come in; we're computer professionals. We cause accidents."''

- Nathaniel Borenstein


''If computers get too powerful, we can organize them into a committee -- that will do them in.''
- Bradley's Bromide


''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


''If the automobile had followed the same development cycle as the computer, a Rolls-Royce would today cost $100, get a million miles per gallon, and explode once a year, killing everyone inside.''
- Robert X. Cringely InfoWorld magazine


''Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.''
- E. W. Dijkstra


''The computer is a moron.''
- Peter Drucker


''In all large corporations, there is a pervasive fear that someone, somewhere is having fun with a computer on company time. Networks help alleviate that fear.''
- John C. Dvorak


''If you put tomfoolery into a computer, nothing comes out of it but tomfoolery. But this tomfoolery, having passed through a very expensive machine, is somehow enobled and no-one dares criticize it.''
- Pierre Gallois


''The great thing about a computer notebook is that no matter how much you stuff into it, it doesn't get bigger or heavier.''
- Bill Gates Business @ The Speed of Thought


''Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.''
- James Magary


''The most overlooked advantage to owning a computer is that if they foul up there's no law against wacking them around a little.''
- Joe Martin


''Not even computers will replace committees, because committees buy computers.''
- Edward Shepherd Mead


''There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.''
- Ken Olson


''To err is human--and to blame it on a computer is even more so.''
- Robert Orben


''Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.''
- Pablo Picasso


''Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining.''
- Jeff Raskin Doctor Dobb's Journal


''Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don't need to be done.''
- Andy Rooney


''All programmers are playwrights and all computers are lousy actors.''
- Unknown


''In a few minutes a computer can make a mistake so great that it would have taken many men many months to equal it.''
- Unknown


''Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equpped with 18,000 vaccuum tubes and weighs
30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vaccuum tubes and perhaps weigh 112 tons.''

- Unknown Popular Mechanics, March 1949






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