"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."
"A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing."Donald Knuth on Emo Philips
"Computers are like Old Testament gods lots of rules and no mercy."Donald Knuth on Joseph Campbell
"I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image."Donald Knuth on Stephen Hawking
"Computers are useless. They can only give you answers."Donald Knuth on Pablo Picasso
"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."Donald Knuth on Bill Gates
"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."
"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."