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Albert Einstein: Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.

Donald E. Knuth: Beware of bugs in the above code; I have only proved it correct, not tried it.

Terry Pratchett:

  • In the beginning, there was nothing, which exploded. (in Lords and Ladies)
  • Gravity is a habit that is hard to shake off. (in Small Gods)
  • Time is a drug. Too much of it kills you. (idem)
  • "It would seem that you have no useful skill or talent whatsoever," he said. "Have you thought of going into teaching?" (in Mort)
  • The good are innocent and create justice. The bad are guilty, which is why they invent mercy. (in Witches Abroad)
  • Progress just means bad things happen faster. (idem)
  • There is a place so far up there is no down. (in Wings)
  • The presence of those seeking the truth is infinitely to be preferred to the presence of those who think they've found it. (in Monstrous Regiment)
  • Only in our dreams are we free. The rest of the time we need wages. (in Wyrd Sisters)