Best Computer Quotations

640K ought to be enough for anybody.   -- Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft Corporation, 1981

A mouse can be just as dangerous as a bullet or a bomb.   -- Lamar Smith, congressman from Texas

AOL is like the cockroach left after the nuclear bomb hits. They know how to survive.   -- Jan Horsfall, VP of Marketing for Lycos

Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.   -- attributed to Edsger Dijkstra, computer scientist (1930 -2002)

Computer science is not as old as physics; it lags by a couple of hundred years. However, this does not mean that there is significantly less on the computer scientist's plate than on the physicist's: younger it may be, but it has had a far more intense upbringing!   -- Richard Feynman, physicist (1918 - 1988)

Computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and perhaps only weigh 1 1/2 tons.   -- Popular Mechanics, 1949

Computers are incredibly fast, accurate and stupid. Humans beings are incredibly slow, inaccurate and brilliant. Together they are powerful beyond imagination.   -- Albert Einstein, physicist and humanitarian (1879 - 1955)

Computers shouldn't be unusable. You don't need to know how to work a telephone switch to make a phone call, or how to use the Hoover Dam to take a shower, or how to work a nuclear-power plant to turn on the lights.   -- Scott McNealy, co-founder and president of Sun Microsystems

Digital files cannot be made uncopyable, any more than water can be made not wet.   -- Bruce Schneier, in The Futility of Digital Copy Prevention.

Errors using inadequate data are much less than those using no data at all.   -- Charles Babbage, computer scientist (1791 - 1871)

Get your feet off my desk, get out of here, you stink, and we're not going to buy your product.   -- Joe Keenan, President of Atari, 1976 (responding to Steve Jobs' offer to sell him rights to the new personal computer that he and Steve Wozniak developed)

Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog.   -- Doug Larson, columnist

I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.   -- Isaac Asimov, author (1920 - 1992)

I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.   -- Thomas J. Watson, founder of IBM (1874 - 1956)

Microsoft isn't evil, they just make really crappy operating systems.   -- Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux

Multimedia? As far as I'm concerned, it's reading with the radio on!   -- Rory Bremner, comedian

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

Science is a differential equation. Religion is a boundary condition.   -- Alan Turing, mathematician and computer scientist (1912 - 1954)

The great thing about a computer notebook is that no matter how much you stuff into it, it doesn't get bigger or heavier.   -- Bill Gates

The great thing about a computer notebook is that no matter how much you stuff into it, it doesn't get bigger or heavier.   -- Bill Gates

The late Walt Disney built his empire with a mouse. The same can be said about Steve Jobs.   -- San Francisco Chronicle, February 8, 2004

There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home.   -- Ken Olson, President of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977

Why is it drug addicts and computer aficionados are both called users?   -- Clifford Stoll, astrophysicist and author

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Created August 3, 2005. Updated July 16, 2006.
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