Larry Wall Quotes

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For me, writing is a love-hate relationship. -Larry Wall
Doing linear scans over an associative array is like trying to club someone to death with a loaded Uzi. -Larry Wall
I think the way IBM has embraced the open source philosophy has been quite astonishing, but gratifying. I hope they'll do very well with it. -Larry Wall
I think computer science, by and large, is still stuck in the Modern age. -Larry Wall
Real programmers can write assembly code in any language. -Larry Wall
If any ideology is so serious that you can't have fun while you're doing it, it's probably too serious. -Larry Wall
The problem with being consistent is that there are lots of ways to be consistent, and they're all inconsistent with each other. -Larry Wall
I'm afraid my gut level reaction is basically, proceed is cute, but cute doesn't cut it in the emergency room. -Larry Wall
I just hope I'm never promoted to the level of my incontinence. -Larry Wall
At many levels, Perl is a 'diagonal' language. -Larry Wall
You can never entirely stop being what you once were. That's why it's important to be the right person today, and not put it off till tomorrow. -Larry Wall
I am not a sort of person who wants to run a company. -Larry Wall
One operator is no big deal. That can be fixed in a jiffy. -Larry Wall
This job of playing God is a little too big for me. Nevertheless, someone has to do it, so I'll try my best to fake it. -Larry Wall
As a linguist, I don't think of Ada as a big language. Now, English and Japanese, those are big languages. Ada is just a medium-sized language. -Larry Wall
I talked about becoming stupid, but I've always been stupid. Fortunately I've been just smart enough to realize that I'm stupid. -Larry Wall
A Perl program is correct if it gets the job done before your boss fires you. -Larry Wall
Life gets boring, someone invents another necessity, and once again we turn the crank on the screwjack of progress hoping that nobody gets screwed. -Larry Wall
I still drive my 1977 Honda Accord. The paint is almost all worn off. It's still running. -Larry Wall
I think it's a new feature. Don't tell anyone it was an accident. -Larry Wall
I note that the Python folks still think they like JPython. I wonder how long that will last? -Larry Wall
The computer should be doing the hard work. That's what it's paid to do, after all. -Larry Wall
Easy things should be easy, and hard things should be possible. -Larry Wall
Perhaps you should compile your Perl with long doubles one of these megaseconds. -Larry Wall
Maybe we should take a clue from FTP and put in an option like 'print hash marks on every 1024 iterations'. -Larry Wall
That being said, I think we should immediately deprecate any string concatenation that combines '19' with '99'. -Larry Wall
It should be illegal to yell 'Y2K' in a crowded economy. -Larry Wall
...this does not mean that some of us should not want, in a rather dispassionate sort of way, to put a bullet through csh's head. -Larry Wall
A 'goto' in Perl falls into the category of hard things that should be possible, not easy things that should be easy. -Larry Wall
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