"In the practical world of computing, it is rather uncommon that a program, once it performs correctly and satisfactorily, remains unchanged forever."
"A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing."Niklaus Wirth on Emo Philips
"Computers are like Old Testament gods lots of rules and no mercy."Niklaus Wirth 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."Niklaus Wirth on Stephen Hawking
"Computers are useless. They can only give you answers."Niklaus Wirth 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."Niklaus Wirth on Bill Gates
"A good designer must rely on experience, on precise, logic thinking and on pedantic exactness. No magic will do."
"But active programming consists of the design of new programs, rather than contemplation of old programs."
"Clearly, programming courses should teach methods of design and construction, and the selected examples should be such that a gradual development can be nicely demonstrated."
"My duty as a teacher is to train, educate future programmers."
"Nevertheless, I consider OOP as an aspect of programming in the large that is, as an aspect that logically follows programming in the small and requires sound knowledge of procedural programming."