# Donald Knuth Quotes

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“Always remember, however, that theres usually a simpler and better way to do something than the first way that pops into your head.”

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“Everyday life is like programming, I guess. If you love something you can put beauty into it.”

— Donald Knuth

“If you optimize everything, you will always be unhappy.”

— Donald Knuth

“A list is only as strong as its weakest link.”

— Donald Knuth

— Donald Knuth

There's ways to amuse yourself while doing things and thats how I look at efficency.

— Donald Knuth

“I'm obsessively detail-oriented.”

— Donald Knuth

Random numbers should not be generated with a method chosen at random

— Donald Knuth

“Programming is the art of telling another human being what one wants the computer to do.”

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— Donald Knuth

— Donald Knuth

I can't go to a restaurant and order food because I keep looking at the fonts on the menu.

— Donald Knuth

“The best theory is inspired by practice.”

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— Donald Knuth

“A mathematical formula should never be "owned" by anybody! Mathematics belong to God.”

— Donald Knuth

It would be nice if we could design a virtual reality in Hyperbolic Space, and meet each other there.

— Donald Knuth

[The Euclidean algorithm is] the granddaddy of all algorithms, because it is the oldest nontrivial algorithm that has survived to the present day.

— Donald Knuth

“It is much more rewarding to do more with less.”

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— Donald Knuth

In fact, my main conclusion after spending ten years of my life working on the T E X project is that software is hard. It's harder than anything else I've ever had to do.

— Donald Knuth

I remember that mathematicians were telling me in the 1960s that they would recognize computer science as a mature discipline when it had 1,000 deep algorithms. I think we've probably reached 500.

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I define UNIX as 30 definitions of regular expressions living under one roof.

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The psychological profiling [of a programmer] is mostly the ability to shift levels of abstraction, from low level to high level. To see something in the small and to see something in the large.

— Donald Knuth

— Donald Knuth

When certain concepts of TeX are introduced informally, general rules will be stated; afterwards you will find that the rules aren't strictly true. In general, the later chapters contain more reliable information than the earlier ones do. The author feels that this technique of deliberate lying will actually make it easier for you to learn the ideas. Once you understand a simple but false rule, it will not be hard to supplement that rule with its exceptions.

— Donald Knuth

— Donald Knuth

“The best practice is inspired by theory.”

— Donald Knuth

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