"I understood the importance in principle of public key cryptography but it's all moved much faster than I expected. I did not expect it to be a mainstay of advanced communications technology."
"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity."Whitfield Diffie on Albert Einstein
"The typewriting machine, when played with expression, is no more annoying than the piano when played by a sister or near relation."Whitfield Diffie on Oscar Wilde
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."Whitfield Diffie on Arthur C. Clarke
"The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life."Whitfield Diffie on John F. Kennedy
"I am sorry to say that there is too much point to the wisecrack that life is extinct on other planets because their scientists were more advanced than ours."Whitfield Diffie on John F. Kennedy
"People meet in bars after work all over the world and talk about the great problems of life and death and the world and politics and they don't take themselves seriously. They can do nothing else except chat about these things in bars after work."
"We in science are spoiled by the success of mathematics. Mathematics is the study of problems so simple that they have good solutions."