Desktop Sayings and Quotes

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


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

Ted Nelson

Desktops encourage the use of paper, which is archaic and reflects inadequate team spirit. What is so special about your work that you have to write it down on a piece of paper that only you get to see?     

Neal Stephenson

I think it's fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we've ever created. They're tools of communication, they're tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.     

Bill Gates

A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.     

unknown

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

Mitch Ratcliffe

There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.     

Ken Olsen

If a trainstation is where the train stops, what's a workstation?      

Author Unknown

First we thought the PC was a calculator. Then we found out how to turn numbers into letters with ASCII — and we thought it was a typewriter. Then we discovered graphics, and we thought it was a television. With the World Wide Web, we've realized it's a brochure.     

Douglas Adams

What a computer is to me is the most remarkable tool that we have ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.     

Steve Jobs

The Next Computer: The hardware makes it a PC, the software makes it a workstation, the unit sales makes it a mainframe.     

Anonymous

One of the best things to come out of the home computer revolution could be the general and widespread understanding of how severely limited logic really is.      

Frank Herbert

We need more of the Office Desk and less of the Show Window in politics. Let men in office substitute the midnight oil for the limelight.     

Calvin Coolidge

The ownership of computers in the home is far less than the statistics show, because usually when the computer breaks down once, that is the end of it for a long, long time. They do not have the money or incentive to get the computer repaired.      

Major Owens

It's not just workstations or servers that are getting hooked to the Internet, but everything with a digital or electronic heartbeat.     

Scott Mcnealy

Long term, the PC and workstation will wither because computing access will be everywhere: in the walls, on wrists, and in 'scrap computers' lying about waiting to be grabbed as needed.     

Mark Weiser

The desktop metaphor was invented because one, you were a stand-alone device, and two, you had to manage your own storage. That's a very big thing in a desktop world. And that may go away. You may not have to manage your own storage. You may not store much before too long.     

Steve Jobs

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

Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog.      

Doug Larson

The desktop computer industry is dead. Innovation has virtually ceased. Microsoft dominates with very little innovation. That's over. Apple lost. The desktop market has entered the dark ages, and it's going to be in the dark ages for the next 10 years, or certainly for the rest of this decade.     

Steve Jobs

A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.     

John Le Carre

Some people may have noticed the new computer shelf at the anchor desk. Rather than phone calls, we want to take real time e-mails, and we'll be starting that very soon.     

Catherine Crier

Personal computing today is a rich ecosystem encompassing massive PC-based data centers, notebook and Tablet PCs, handheld devices, and smart cell phones. It has expanded from the desktop and the data center to wherever people need it — at their desks, in a meeting, on the road or even in the air.     

Bill Gates

If all people doing desktop publishing were doctors we would all be dead!     

Massimo Vignelli

It is not enough to do a desktop exercise of a Beethoven symphony. You need to practice with an orchestra. The musicians need to read the notes. Otherwise it will be a disaster.     

Rusty Schweickart

The great advance of personal computers was not the computing power per se but the fact that it brought it right to your face, that you had control over it, that were confronted with it and could steer it.     

Kevin Kelly

When I come upon a man who has a gleaming, empty, clear desktop, I am dealing with a fellow who is so far removed from the realities of his business that someone else is running it for him     

Harold S. Geneen

Managerial and professional people hadn't really used computers, hadn't sat down at keyboards, until personal computers. Personal computers have a totally different feel.     

Mitch Kapor

People know how to deal with a desktop intuitively. If you walk into an office, there are papers on the desk. The one on the top is the most important. People know how to switch priority. Part of the reason we model our computers on metaphors like the desktop is that we can leverage this experience people already have.     

Walter Isaacson