Here are some software quotes I came across and very much agree with and (try to) follow:

  • The trick is to fix the problem you have, rather than the problem you want. — Bram Cohen
  • The purpose of software engineering is to control complexity, not to create it. — Pamela Zave
  • When you feel the need to write a comment, first try to refactor the code so that any comment becomes superfluous. — Martin Fowler
  • Premature optimization is the root of all evil in programming. — C. A. R. Hoare
  • Perfection is reached, not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away. — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • One of my most productive days was throwing away 1000 lines of code. — Ken Thompson
  • There is nothing more unproductive than to build something efficiently that should not have been built at all. — Milt Bryce
  • The ultimate management sin is wasting people’s time.  T. DeMarco and T. Lister
  • The fastest algorithm can frequently be replaced by one that is almost as fast and much easier to understand.  D. Jones
  • Successful software always gets changed.  Frederick P. Brooks
  • You’re bound to be unhappy if you optimize everything. — Donald E. Knuth
  • A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it. — Albert Einstein
  • Everything Should Be Made as Simple as Possible, But Not Simpler. — Albert Einstein
  • Knowing is half the battle (the other half is doing). — G.I. Joe
  • When everything is connected to everything else, for better or worse, everything matters. — Bruce Mau
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