"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."
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."Donald Knuth on Albert Einstein
"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men."Donald Knuth on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control."Donald Knuth on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right a single experiment can prove me wrong."Donald Knuth on Albert Einstein
"Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss."Donald Knuth on Ralph Waldo Emerson
"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."
"Everyday life is like programming, I guess. If you love something you can put beauty into it."
"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."
"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."