"The competent programmer is fully aware of the limited size of his own skull. He therefore approaches his task with full humility, and avoids clever tricks like the plague." ~ Edsger W. Dijkstra
This inspired me to post a few of my own:
Quality means doing it right when no one is looking. ~ Henry Ford
Engineering is the art of modelling materials we do not wholly understand, into shapes we cannot precisely analyse and withstand forces we cannot properly assess, in such a way that the public has no reason to suspect the extent of our ignorance. ~ Dr AR Dykes
When an engineer says something is “non-trivial,” it’s the equivalent of an airline pilot calmly telling you that you might encounter “just a bit of turbulence” as he flies you into a cat 5 hurricane. ~ Doug Edwards, former director of consumer marketing and brand management for Google.
Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning. ~ Unknown