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    Am I the only person who liked this? I thought a few of them were actually quite insightful.

    Adding and removing a semicolon is a commentary on the rather primitive means by which we develop programs.

    And the difference between right and almost right? Zing!

    The quote about not knowing where the first lines of a program will take you sums up much of the reason I remain interested in programming.

    Are people bitter because there’s too much truth here? Acknowledging that we don’t know what the three rules to developing an app are would certainly be a blow to some egos. :)

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      I think the one by W. Somerset Maugham applies to software engineering very nicely.

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        Being lazy and a budding Heinlein fan, I particularly liked that one. Looks like I’ll have to check out Time Enough for Love.

        But I certainly liked all of them.

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          I really liked the shakespear and dickens ones.

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            i liked it too! would be fun to see people add more quotes

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            There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the legacy code is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.
            There is another theory which states that this has already happened.

            – Douglas Adams, senior software engineer

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              Good standard libraries are all alike; every bad standard library is bad in its own way

              – Leo Tolstoy, programming language designer