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Quotes of the day: Larry Wall

Published Saturday, September 26, 2015 @ 10:38 PM EDT
Sep 26 2015

Larry Wall (b. September 27, 1954) is a computer programmer and author, most widely known as the creator of the Perl programming language. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Call me bored, but don't call me boring.

I don't like your I-can-use-anything-as-an-adjective attitude.

I don't think it's worth washing hogs over.

I explicitly give people the freedom not to use Perl, just as God gives people the freedom to go to the devil if they so choose.
(Perl language creator)

I was about to say, 'Avoid fame like the plague,' but you know, they can cure the plague with penicillin these days.

If someone stinks, view it as a reason to help them, not a reason to avoid them.

It might seem easy enough, but computer language design is just like a stroll in the park. Jurassic Park, that is.

It's all magic.

Let's say the docs present a simplified view of reality...

Life gets boring, someone invents another necessity, and once again we turn the crank on the screwjack of progress hoping that nobody gets screwed.

Lisp has all the visual appeal of oatmeal with fingernail clippings mixed in.

No, I'm not going to explain it. If you can't figure it out, you didn't want to know anyway...

Not that I have anything much against redundancy. But I said that already.

Odd that we think definitions are definitive.

Over the long term, symbiosis is more useful than parasitism. More fun, too. Ask any mitochondria.

Personally, I like to defiantly split my infinitives.

Psychotics are consistently inconsistent. The essence of sanity is to be inconsistently inconsistent.

Real programmers can write assembly code in any language.

Real theology is always rather shocking to people who already think they know what they think. I'm still shocked myself.

Reserve your abuse for your true friends.

The computer should be doing the hard work. That's what it's paid to do, after all.

The Harvard Law states: Under controlled conditions of light, temperature, humidity, and nutrition, the organism will do as it damn well pleases.

The next time you feel like relying on the legal system, just remember that half of the lawyers in this country are paid to see that justice doesn't prevail.

The problem with being consistent is that there are lots of ways to be consistent, and they're all inconsistent with each other.

The three chief virtues of a programmer are: Laziness, Impatience and Hubris.

The whole history of computers is rampant with cheerleading at best and bigotry at worst.

There ain't nothin' in this world that's worth being a snot over.

There's some entertainment value in watching people juggle nitroglycerin.

We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise.

Wow, I'm being shot at from both sides. That means I must be right.


(September 27 is also the birthday of Henri Frédéric Amiel and Samuel Adams.)

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