Programmer Quotes

Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best Programmer Quotes from famous authors such as J. Cole, Kevin Mitnick, Jacky Rosen, Ellen Ullman, John Morrison. Let’s look at these pieces of wisdom. We definitely have something to learn from them!

I actually started off majoring in computer science, but I knew right away I wasn’t going to stay with it. It was because I had this one professor who was the loneliest, saddest man I’ve ever known. He was a programmer, and I knew that I didn’t want to do whatever he did. So after that, I switched to Communications.
J. Cole
The government does things like insisting that all encryption programs should have a back door. But surely no one is stupid enough to think the terrorists are going to use encryption systems with a back door. The terrorists will simply hire a programmer to come up with a secure encryption scheme.
Kevin Mitnick
Before coming to Congress, I worked as a computer programmer and a systems analyst.
Jacky Rosen
To be a programmer is to develop a carefully managed relationship with error. There’s no getting around it. You either make your accommodations with failure, or the work will become intolerable.
Ellen Ullman
Everyone needs to move – if you’re a pro athlete, a contortionist, a computer programmer, or just somebody who wants to play with their kids.
John Morrison
I worked as a programmer for 16 years.
Gopi Sundar
Because of the nature of Moore’s law, anything that an extremely clever graphics programmer can do at one point can be replicated by a merely competent programmer some number of years later.
John Carmack
Space camp was actually, like, the best summer of my life. It was amazing. But I thought I wanted to be a computer programmer, and among computer science folks, Turing is this object of cult-like fascination.
Graham Moore
I think that’s the responsibility of the CEO and the CEOs below me: to make sure that we’re constantly putting people in places where they have the opportunity to develop into those careers but also having a rewards and recognition system that allows a great programmer to stay as a great programmer.
Bobby Kotick
In all likelihood, you’ve been treated by a Muslim doctor or served by a Muslim waiter or worked beside a Muslim computer programmer. Even if you think, ‘I don’t know any Muslims,’ it’s probably not true.
G. Willow Wilson
It always helps to be a good programmer. It is important to like computers and to be able to think of things people would want to do with their computers.
Bill Budge
I am a freelance programmer so I am flexible about my working hours and have quite a lot of free time.
Alexandra Elbakyan
I am a programmer. If I write code, I don’t evaluate the results by what I hope the code will be. I evaluate it by what happens when I compile it. I evaluate it by results.
Brianna Wu
It’s funny: I was a photographer before I was a programmer.
Kevin Systrom
If you, or any public-spirited programmer, wanted to figure out what the software on your machine is really doing, tough luck. It’s illegal to reverse engineer the source code of commercial software to find out how it works.
Clive Thompson
When I lived in London, I worked at the U.N. for a while as its human rights and refugees officer. I have two degrees, and my second was in radio. I was a programmer and news reporter in Canada. My CV looks bananas.
Hannah Simone
You don’t have to be a nerd or a programmer or a network engineer to make a difference.
Rebecca MacKinnon
I’ve been a DJ, janitor, ditch digger, waitress, computer instructor, programmer, mechanic, web developer, clerk, manager, marketing director, tour guide and dorm manager, among other things.
Sherrilyn Kenyon
I am a granddaughter of immigrants, put myself through college as a waitress, and I started my career as a computer programmer.
Jacky Rosen
I have the ability to get code done, but I’m impatient, and it’s scrappy as a result. Maybe that helped me with ‘Minecraft,’ as it came quickly. But, well, at some point, I’d like to actually become a good programmer.
Markus Persson
I was hired as a computer programmer for a national laboratory at age 15.
Andy Weir
Whether it’s created in a lab, written by a programmer, or lands on the White House lawn as a visitor from the stars, if it acts like a human being, it is a human being.
Robert J. Sawyer
When I got started, I was a sideshow. At my first Consumer Electronics Show, in 1977 in Chicago, people came from all over the floor to see the ‘lady programmer.’ They had me dressed in a turquoise lab coat with my name embroidered on the pocket.
Brenda Laurel
We didn’t grow up in a jock household. In fact, my dad is an entrepreneur. He was a computer programmer; he was a professor of actuarial science at Wharton for 13 years, then started his own company that was software-based.
Tyler Winklevoss
The competent programmer is fully aware of the limited size of his own skull. He therefore approaches his task with full humility, and avoids clever tricks like the plague.
Edsger Dijkstra
I was a programmer.
Paul Allen
And anytime a programmer makes a decision about how to deal with data, how to average it or clean it, you’re imparting more of your own bias on it.
Hannah Fry
The mark of a mature programmer is willingness to throw out code you spent time on when you realize it’s pointless.
Bram Cohen
Writing was a way to get away from my life as a programmer, so I wanted to write about other things, but of course nobody wanted to publish another story about a family, unless it was extraordinary. When I began writing about my life as a programmer, however, people were interested.
Ellen Ullman
People sometimes ask me what I did when I was hired at HAL. The answer is that I was a programmer. And an engineer. And a designer. And I marketed our games. I also ordered food. And I helped clean up. And, it was all great fun.
Satoru Iwata
My first job was as a programmer. So I feel like I’m familiar with the information technology sector and the information technology culture.
Gene Luen Yang
I went to Drexel University, majored in computer science. Drexel has a great program – they call it co-op – but its, like, mandatory to graduate to do internships. I loved it because it helped me figure out very quickly that I didn’t really want to be a programmer.
John Gruber
I created DonorsChoose by putting pencil to paper – literally – and sketching out each screen of the web site and how it would work. Then I paid a programmer from Poland $1,500 to turn my sketches and common-sense rules into a functioning website.
Charles Best
The funny thing was, with IT, I was never really a tech type of person: I was better with people, good at dealing with people. I had technical experience; I knew the nitty gritty. I could never be a programmer or anything, but I knew my way around.
Programming is not a zero-sum game. Teaching something to a fellow programmer doesn’t take it away from you. I’m happy to share what I can, because I’m in it for the love of programming.
John Carmack
From the viewpoint of what you can do, therefore, languages do differ – but the differences are limited. For example, Python and Ruby provide almost the same power to the programmer.
Yukihiro Matsumoto
I’m not a programmer myself, but I am a very, very picky end user of technology. I like my machines to work they way they’re supposed to, all the time.
G. Willow Wilson
I remember on Deus Ex there was one programmer – Alex Durand, a guy who still works for us – he decided he was going to get through the game without ever using a weapon. I would never think to do that. And that’s fine.
Warren Spector
I am a composer, horn player, and computer programmer.
Robert Patterson
I’m a designer, but I rely on programmers to bring my ideas to life. By learning to code myself, I think I can make things easier for all of us. Similarly, I want to be able to build things on my own without having to bother a programmer.
Jason Fried
The world is changing, and I believe that, if I want to stay employed as a programmer, I’m going to have to change with it.
Kent Beck
I originally studied graphic design and video production. I had wanted to be a programmer – I loved development and coding – but it turned out that I really enjoyed doing the frontend more than backend development.
We toast the Lisp programmer who pens his thoughts within nests of parentheses.
Alan Perlis
As a programmer, you’re working with very simple structures compared to the brain. So I was always fascinated by how the brain works.
Paul Allen
I actually started off majoring in computer science, but I knew right away I wasn’t going to stay with it. It was because I had this one professor who was the loneliest, saddest man I’ve ever known. He was a programmer, and I knew that I didn’t want to do whatever he did.
J. Cole
The three chief virtues of a programmer are: Laziness, Impatience and Hubris.
Larry Wall
I’m not a programmer; I’m more of a performer. I’m really bad at math.
Du Yun
Before representing Nevada in Congress, I worked in Las Vegas as a computer programmer and systems analyst in what’s been long considered a male-dominated industry. It wasn’t easy.
Jacky Rosen
Some folks actually talk a whole lot more than me, so I’m grateful for the people like Cliff Bleszinski. He talks about our games, and Mark Rein talks about our business strategy. I’m the shy programmer myself.
Tim Sweeney
I am a programmer.
Ken Thompson