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Find an Applicable Quote for Any Programming Situation

If you’re looking for a witty retort to your boss’s misguided questions about programming or just for some interesting quotes from the history of computing, this collection of programming quotes is sure to offer something for you. Among them, our favorite:

On two occasions I have been asked [by members of Parliament]: ‘Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?’ I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.” – Charles Babbage

Top 50 Programming Quotes of All Time [TechSource]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 12/16/10

Comments (3)

  1. asdf-chan

    That is why you validate your input instead of just say if the input is wrong the user is at fault.

  2. indianacarnie

    loved them! thanks for posting

  3. Mike

    I was a software tester for many years and the things I have heard!

    “That’s interesting, but it can’t happen in my code.”

    Yeah right as the PC starts smoking and burning.

    “You found what!”

    I was testing the error messages for a product and one of them was shall we say “colorful.”

    “Don’t tell me, the customer found it.”

    A programmer had inserted Beatles songs for certain error messages in a banking application, like the strains of “Let it be…”

    The board and president of the bank were not amused.

    I could go on, but it would blow my cover.

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