Computer Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old computer quotes, computer sayings, and computer proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


A computer will do what you tell it to do, but that may be much different from what you had in mind.     

Joseph Weizenbaum

Computers are like air conditioners. They work fine until you start opening windows.     

Anonymous

The spread of computers and the Internet will put jobs in two categories. People who tell computers what to do, and people who are told by computers what to do.     

Marc Andreessen

There are 10 types of people in this world: those who understand binary and those who don't.     

Anonymous

Right now, computers, which are supposed to be our servant, are oppressing us.     

Jef Raskin

Computers were a kind of magery in themselves, or might as well be to people who didn't understand them, they were every bit as inscrutable.     

Orson Scott Card

Computers themselves, and software yet to be developed, will revolutionize the way we learn.     

Steve Jobs

Computers are quiet and clean and totally distracting because the Internet is there, lying in wait for a moment of weakness to pounce on your creativity and progress.     

Arlaina Tibensky

It's not computer literacy that we should be working on, but sort of human-literacy. Computers have to become human-literate.     

Nicholas P. Negroponte

Computers are hierarchical. We have a desktop and hierarchical files which have to mean everything.     

Ted Nelson

The similarities between humans and computers are more numerous than the differences.     

P.A. Scott

The computer takes up where psychoanalysis left off. It takes the ideas of a decentered self and makes it more concrete by modeling mind as a multiprocessing machine.     

Sherry Turkle

Computers are finite machines; when given the same input, they always produce the same output.     

Greg Perry

Computer science really involves the same mindset, particularly artificial intelligence.     

Frederick Lenz

It's hardware that makes a machine fast. It's software that makes a fast machine slow.     

Craig Bruce

Computers no longer interface with humans they interact, and the interaction will become steadily deeper, more subtle, and more crucial to our collective sanity and ultimate survival.     

Alan Cooper

The computer was born to solve problems that did not exist before.     

Bill Gates

Computers have lots of memory but no imagination.     

Anonymous

Computer system analysis is like child-rearing; you can do grievous damage, but you cannot ensure success.     

Tom DeMarco

The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.     

Sydney J. Harris

If you don't know anything about computers, just remember that they are machines that do exactly what you tell them but often surprise you in the result.     

Richard Dawkins

The attention span of a computer is only as long as its power cord.     

Anonymous

It is only when they go wrong that machines remind you how powerful they are.     

Clive James

The basis of computer work is predicated on the idea that only the brain makes decisions and only the index finger does the work.     

Brian Eno

The best computer is a man, and it's the only one that can be mass-produced by unskilled labor.     

Wernher von Braun

Our first computers were born not out of greed or ego, but in the revolutionary spirit of helping common people rise above the most powerful institutions.     

Steve Wozniak

A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.     

Mitch Ratcliffe

Computers are composed of nothing more than logic gates stretched out to the horizon in a vast numerical irrigation system.     

Stan Augarten

Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don't need to be done.     

Andy Rooney

Computers are incredibly fast, accurate and stupid. Human beings are incredibly slow, inaccurate and brilliant. Together they are powerful beyond imagination.     

Albert Einstein

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in this world that just don't add up.     

Evan Esar

The new world will be a place of answers and no questions, because the only questions left will be answered by computers, because only computers will know what to ask.     

James Cameron

Computers are heaven-sent when they work and hell-spawn when they don't. There's just not much middle ground when it comes to technology.     

Dani Harper

Computers are magnificent tools for the realization of our dreams, but no machine can replace the human spark of spirit, compassion, love, and understanding.     

Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.

To err is human, to really foul things up requires a computer.     

Bill Vaughan

The computer will not make a good manager out of a bad manager. It makes a good manager better faster and a bad manager worse faster.     

Edward M. Esber

Computers are famous for being able to do complicated things starting from simple programs.     

Seth Lloyd

The computer brings out the uptight perfectionist in us- we start editing ideas before we have them.     

Austin Kleon

All sorts of computer errors are now turning up. You'd be surprised to know the number of doctors who claim they are treating pregnant men.     

Isaac Asimov

A computer is almost human except that it does not blame its mistakes on another computer.     

Anonymous

It was one thing to use computers as a tool, quite another to let them do your thinking for you.     

Tom Clancy

Computers are great tools, but they need to be applied to the physical world.     

Tony Fadell

Computers do the calculating to allow people to transform the world.     

Conrad Wolfram

Computer assisted proofs are getting better and better and computers will play a bigger and bigger role in the future.     

Enrico Bombieri

As a rule, software systems do not work well until they have been used, and have failed repeatedly, in real applications.     

Dave Parnas

The computer is incredibly fast, accurate, and stupid. Man is unbelievably slow, inaccurate, and brilliant. The marriage of the two is a force beyond calculation.     

Leo Cherne

Computers are like old testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy.     

Joseph Campbell

Computers creating art is an upsetting concept mostly because of what it means about humans.     

Jonny Lee Miller

Bad economics teaches that computers can design markets. Good economics teaches that markets can design computers.     

Jakub Bozydar Wisniewski

Our computers have become windows through which we can gaze upon a world that is virtually without horizons or boundaries.     

Joseph B. Wirthlin