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I think it would be a good idea. -- Mahatma Gandhi, when asked what he thought of Western civilization
Familiar/unfamiliar quotes.

This page has a random mix of all kinds of quotes humorous, serious, ironic and so on (or at least one day it will have so!) which is which that you have to figure out. Few words about source Here goes the list
  • Problem with money is that it costs too much.
  • /earth: file system full.
  • I get the following error messages at boot-up, could anyone tell me what they mean?
    > fcntl_setlk() called by process 51 (lpd) with broken flock() emulation
    They mean that you have not read the documentation when upgrading the kernel. -- seen on c.o.l.misc
  • NT == No Thanks seen on /. (slashdot)
  • If what they've been doing hasn't solved the problem, tell them to do something else. -- Gerald Weinberg, "The Secrets of Consulting"
  • Practically perfect people never permit sentiment to muddle their thinking. -- Mary Poppins
  • "Though a program be but three lines long, someday it will have to be maintained." -- The Tao of Programming
  • Steinbach's Guideline for Systems Programming: Never test for an error condition you don't know how to handle.
  • Give me a fish and I will eat today. Teach me to fish and I will eat forever.
  • Don't tell me how hard you work. Tell me how much you get done. -- James J. Ling
  • Linux supports the notion of a command line or a shell for the same reason that only children read books with only pictures in them. Language, be it English or something else, is the only tool flexible enough to accomplish a sufficiently broad range of tasks. -- Bill Garrett
  • * wolfie ponders how many debianites it takes to screw in a lightbulb wolfie: Somewhere around 600? One screw's the bulb, and the rest flame him for doing it wrong.
  • wolfie: is the bulb free software? Can we vote on whether to screw it or not?
  • Common sense is instinct, and enough of it is genius.
  • If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure. ...Dan Quayle
  • " People just don't land on mountaintops... they had to climb."
    Trevor Stienburg
  • All generalisations are dangerous, including this one.
        -- .
  • Of course, I reserve the right to make wholly stupid changes to Perl if I think they improve the language. :-)
        -- Larry Wall.
  • A day without orange juice is like a day without orange juice.
        -- .
  • There are two types of Linux developers - those who can spell, and
    those who can't. There is a constant pitched battle between the two.
        -- From one of the post-1.1.54 kernel update messages posted to c.o.l.a.
  • I'll defend to the death your right to say that, but I never said I'd listen to it!
        -- Tom Galloway with apologies to Voltaire.

  •     language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming, is not worth knowing.
  • U.S. of A.:
    "Don't speak to the bus driver."
    Germany:
    "It is strictly forbidden for passengers to speak to the driver."
    England:
    "You are requested to refrain from speaking to the driver."
    Scotland:
    "What have you got to gain by speaking to the driver?"
    Italy:
    "Don't answer the driver."
        -- .
  • Experience varies directly with equipment ruined.
        -- .

  • Q: How many marketing people does it take to change a light bulb? A: I'll have to get back to you on that.
  • Start the day with a smile. After that you can be your nasty old self again.
  • There are no answers, only cross-references. -- Weiner
  • This made me wonder, suddenly: can telnet be written in Perl?
    Of course it can be written in Perl. Now if you'd said nroff, that would be more challenging... -- Larry Wall
  • Your code should be more efficient!
  • My opinions might have changed, but not the fact that I am right.
  • For humans, honesty is a matter of degree.Engineers are always honest in matters of technology and human relationships. That's why it's a good idea to keep engineers away from customers, romantic interests, and other people who can't handle the truth."
    - Scott Adams, The Dilbert Principle
  • XXXI:                                                                                    
    The optimum committee has no members.
    XXXII:
    Hiring consultants to conduct studies can be an excellent means of
    turning problems into gold -- your problems into their gold.
    XXXIII:
    Fools rush in where incumbents fear to tread.
    XXXIV:
    The process of competitively selecting contractors to perform work
    is based on a system of rewards and penalties, all distributed
    randomly.
    XXXV:
    The weaker the data available upon which to base one's conclusion,
    the greater the precision which should be quoted in order to give
    the data authenticity.
    -- Norman Augustine
    
    
  • My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.
        -- .
  • (German philosopher) Georg Wilhelm Hegel, on his deathbed, complained, "Only one man ever understood me." He fell silent for a while and then added, "And he didn't understand me."
        -- .
  • Complex system:
    One with real problems and imaginary profits.
        -- .

  • ow I know someone out there is going to claim, "Well then, UNIX is intuitive, because you only need to learn 5000 commands, and then everything else follows from that! Har har har!" -- Andy Bates on "intuitive interfaces", slightly defending Macs

  • Hmm... I wonder what else seperates Debian from the rest of the Linux distributions.
    gecko - We Don't Suck
    Knghtbrd: you don't say that when addressing a bunch of people FROM those distros
    gecko - point.     -- .
  • "When in doubt, print 'em out."
    -- Karl's Programming Proverb 0x7
        -- .
  • Only great masters of style can succeed in being obtuse.
    -- Oscar Wilde
    Most UNIX programmers are great masters of style.
    -- The Unnamed Usenetter
        -- .
  • REST:
    P:      Linus Torvalds
    S:      Buried alive in email
    -- from /usr/src/linux/MAINTAINERS
    
    
        -- .
  • Isn't it interesting that the same people who laugh at science fiction listen to weather forecasts and economists?
    -- Kelvin Throop III
        -- .
  • Quality control, n.:
    Assuring that the quality of a product does not get out of hand and add to the cost of its manufacture or design.
        -- .
  • Never ask two questions in a business letter. The reply will discuss the one you are least interested, and say nothing about the other.
        -- .
  • "There is nothing new under the sun, but there are lots of old things we don't know yet."
    -Ambrose Bierce
        -- .
  • need help: my first packet to my provider gets lost :-(
    sel: dont send the first one, start with #2

  • "A company of all techies will still get stuff done. A company of all management will starve while trying to tell each other to do the work."
    --from a slashdot post
    ed note: well techies may not be able to sell it.
  • Fine,every good thing comes to an end and that's true for this page as well.
    bye ...

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