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Grace Hopper Quotes

The most damaging phrase in the language is ‘We’ve always done it this way.’

If it’s a good idea, go ahead and do it. It’s much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.

A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.

Humans are allergic to change. They love to say, ‘We’ve always done it this way.’ I try to fight that.

I’ve always been more interested in the future than in the past.

Leadership is a two-way street, loyalty up and loyalty down. Respect for one’s superiors; care for one’s crew.

The most important thing I’ve accomplished, other than building the compiler, is training young people.

The computer was born to solve problems that did not exist before.

The uneducated person perceives only the individual phenomenon, the partly educated person the rule, and the educated person the exception.

Remember, code that isn’t written yet is the most valuable of all.

You don’t manage people; you manage things. You lead people.

One of the most important things I’ve learned is that you don’t have to be perfect to be great.

It’s easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission.

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.

You don’t get famous until you’re dead.

The only way to do really good work is to love what you do.

I wake up early in the morning and walk for an hour. If I have more time, I go jogging.

The most damaging phrase in the language is: ‘It’s always been done that way.’

You manage things, you lead people. We went overboard on management and forgot about leadership.

Humans are allergic to change. They love to say, ‘We’ve always done it this way.’ I try to fight that. That’s why I have a clock on my wall that runs counter-clockwise.

I have a rule that no meeting in my home can last longer than half an hour. Because after half an hour, the beer bottle’s empty.

The most dangerous phrase in the language is, ‘We’ve always done it this way.’

We must remember that the world depends upon each and every one of us.

If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not making decisions.

The nice thing about standards is that you have so many to choose from.

Leadership is a two-way street, loyalty up and loyalty down.

A problem is viewed best by those who have never had to live with it.

The only way to do it is to do it.

I didn’t go to college to learn how to program; I went to college to learn how to think.

It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.

I’ve found that the most effective way to get something done is by simply doing it.

I hate being in an office. I go out on the road for a few days, and then I’m back in my office.

The future is here, it’s just not evenly distributed.

We’re flooding people with information. We need to feed it through a processor. A human must turn it into information.

You cannot do everything at once, but you can do something at once.

It’s easier to apologize than ask permission.

The most important thing I’ve accomplished, other than building the compiler, is training young programmers.

A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are for.

Don’t try to eliminate every mistake. Learn from your mistakes and improve.

Most women programmers I knew who wrote good programs didn’t have computer science degrees.

You can’t have superior software without a superior team, and training of that team in acceptable software engineering practices is essential.

To me, programming is more than an important practical art. It is also a gigantic undertaking in the foundations of knowledge.

Humans are allergic to change. They love to say, ‘We’ve always done it this way.’ I try to fight that. That’s why I have a clock on my wall that runs counter-clockwise.

I maintain that nothing on earth is more interesting than programming.

The most efficient algorithm is the one that you understand.

If you can’t give people what they really need, you’d better give them what they think they want.

We are in the business of making it possible for us humans to solve problems. And that’s really the business, whether it’s computer science or any other kind of science.

Leadership is a two-way street, loyalty up and loyalty down. Respect for one’s superiors; care for one’s crew.

It’s much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.

The word ‘debugging’ has been popularized by Grace Hopper, and the significance is clear: a computer bug is a malfunctioning set of computer instructions.


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