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Quotes about Computers

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Alan PerlisThe computing field is always in need of new cliches.
Andy RooneyComputers 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.
AnonymousAt the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.
AnonymousBack up my hard drive? How do I put it in reverse?
AnonymousA computer is like an airplane: it's something everyone can use, but only a few know how to operate.
Bradley's BromideIf computers get too powerful, we can organize them into a committee -- that will do them in.
E. W. DijkstraComputer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.
Emo Philips
(1956 - )
A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.
Farmers' AlmanacTo err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer.
Isaac Asimov
(1920 - 1992)
I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.
Isaac AsimovPart of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.
James MagaryComputers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.
Jeff RaskinImagine 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.
Joey Adams
(1911 - 1999)
The computer can do more work faster than a human because it doesn't have to answer the phone.
John A. King
(~1958 - )
Sometimes I feel like a programmer-analyst trapped inside an analyst-programmer's body.
- (Occasionally known as The Covert Comic.)
Ken OlsonThere is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.
Marilyn PittmanWhat do people mean when they say the computer went down on them?
Pablo Picasso
(1881 - 1973)
Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
Pierre GalloisIf 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.
Popular MechanicsWhere 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 1 1/2 tons.
PorterfieldThe most overlooked advantage to owning a computer is that if they foul up there's no law against wacking them around a little.
Robert X. CringelyIf 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.
Roy Blount Jr.The last time somebody said, 'I find I can write much better with a word processor.', I replied, 'They used to say the same thing about drugs.'
UnknownIn a few minutes a computer can make a mistake so great that it would have taken many men many months to equal it.
UnknownAll programmers are playwrights and all computers are lousy actors.
Unknown (received via email)There are 10 kinds of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who don't.
Wernher von BraunMan is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft ... and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor.
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