"When I write software, I know that it will fail, either due to my own mistake, or due to some other cause."
"A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing."Wietse Venema on Emo Philips
"Computers are like Old Testament gods lots of rules and no mercy."Wietse Venema 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."Wietse Venema on Stephen Hawking
"Computers are useless. They can only give you answers."Wietse Venema 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."Wietse Venema on Bill Gates
"At the time the Sendmail program had a very poor reputation with respect to security, with four root vulnerabilities per year for two successive years."
"Defect-free software does not exist."