Some of my favorite from the above Epigrams by Alan J. Perlis
  • Optimization hinders evolution.
  • One man's constant is another man's variable.
  • A programming language is low level when its programs require attention to the irrelevant.
  • Symmetry is a complexity reducing concept (co-routines include sub-routines); seek it everywhere.
  • It is easier to write an incorrect program than understand a correct one.
  • When we write programs that "learn", it turns out we do and they don't.
  • Within a computer natural language is unnatural.


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