"Everyday life is like programming, I guess. If you love something you can put beauty into it."
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."Donald Knuth on Confucius
"To love beauty is to see light."Donald Knuth on Victor Hugo
"Beauty is only skin deep. If you go after someone just because she's beautiful but don't have anything to talk about, it's going to get boring fast. You want to look beyond the surface and see if you can have fun or if you have anything in common with this person."Donald Knuth on Amanda Peet
"A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears."Donald Knuth on Anne Roiphe
"People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."Donald Knuth on Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
"Let us change our traditional attitude to the construction of programs. Instead of imagining that our main task is to instruct a computer what to do, let us concentrate rather on explaining to human beings what we want a computer to do."
"People who are more than casually interested in computers should have at least some idea of what the underlying hardware is like. Otherwise the programs they write will be pretty weird."
"I decry the current tendency to seek patents on algorithms. There are better ways to earn a living than to prevent other people from making use of one's contributions to computer science."
"People think that computer science is the art of geniuses but the actual reality is the opposite, just many people doing things that build on eachother, like a wall of mini stones."
"Science is what we understand well enough to explain to a computer. Art is everything else we do."