If you have noticed that routine and day-to-day tasks begin to absorb your enthusiasm and kill creativity, then there are two solutions right for you: go on vacation or find new sources of inspiration.

Here we share the list of great and inspirational programming quotes that may help you to make your job great again and keep the power on.

Most of the programming quotes we’ve gathered are made by the well-known names in the business, while others are originated from not really acclaimed professionals. These brilliant thoughts will be useful and beneficial not only for programmers but for product owners, project managers, business analytics, QAs, marketers, and everyone involved in IT teams.

The quotes are all witty so we believe you will find them edifying and captivating.


The next best thing to having good ideas is recognizing good ideas from your users. Sometimes the latter is better.

Eric Raymond


Active programming consists of the design of new programs, rather than contemplation of old programs.

Niklaus Wirth


Simplicity is hard to build, easy to use, and hard to charge for. Complexity is easy to build, hard to use, and easy to charge for.

Chris Sacca

Making code do what it’s supposed to do is the easy part. Handling the myriad ways it can go wrong is the real work.

Aaron Lozier

Most programmers spend the first 5 years of their career mastering complexity, and the rest of their lives learning simplicity.

Laurence Andersen


Programming is the only job I can think of where I get to be both an engineer and an artist.

Andy Hertzfeld

If you think it’s simple, then you have misunderstood the problem.

Bjarne Stroustrup


We build our computer systems the way we build our cities: over time, without a plan, on top of ruins.

Ellen Ullman

As a software developer, you are your own worst enemy. The sooner you realize that, the better off you’ll be.

Jeff Atwood


The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do. The bad news is that they do what you tell them to do.

Ted Nelson

I always considered programming as being like modern-day wizardry. You could think of things in your mind and then make them happen.

Jeff Minter


Coding is today’s language of creativity. All our children deserve a chance to become creators instead of consumers of computer science.

Maria Klawe

Most good programmers do programming not because they expect to get paid or get adulation by the public, but because it is fun to program.

Linus Torvalds


You might not think that programmers are artists, but programming is an extremely creative profession. It’s logic-based creativity.

John Romero

A computer is a stupid machine with the ability to do incredibly smart things, while computer programmers are smart people with the ability to do incredibly stupid things. They are, in short, a perfect match.

Bill Bryson


Good code is short, simple, and symmetrical – the challenge is figuring out how to get there.

Sean Parent

Computer languages differ not so much in what they make possible, but in what they make easy.

Larry Wall


Getting moderately good at programming has taken about 20 years longer than I expected.

John Cook

It is far, far easier to make a correct program fast than to make a fast program correct.

Herb Sutter


One of the best programming skills you can have is knowing when to walk away for a while.

Oscar Godson

If you don’t care about quality, you can meet any other requirement.

Gerald M. Weinberg


No one in the brief history of computing has ever written a piece of perfect software. It’s unlikely that you’ll be the first.

Andy Hunt

Every great developer you know got there by solving problems they were unqualified to solve until they actually did it.

Patrick McKenzie


What one programmer can do in one month, two programmers can do in two months.

Fred Brooks

Hiring people to write code to sell is not the same as hiring people to design and build durable, usable, dependable software.

Larry Constantine


The goal of computer science is to build something that will last at least until we’ve finished building it.

William C. Brown

It’s better to wait for a productive programmer to become available than it is to wait for the first available programmer to become productive.

Steve McConnell


I have always wished for my computer to be as easy to use as my telephone. That wish has come true because I can no longer figure out how to use my telephone.

Bjarne Stroustrup

There are only two kinds of programming languages: those people always bitch about and those nobody uses.

Bjarne Stroustrup


Programming can be fun, so can cryptography; however they should not be combined.

Ben Shneiderman

Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place. Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are, by definition, not smart enough to debug it.

Brian Kernighan


Computer science education cannot make anybody an expert programmer any more than studying brushes and pigment can make somebody an expert painter.

Eric Raymond

If McDonalds were run like a software company, one out of every hundred Big Macs would give you food poisoning, and the response would be, ‘We’re sorry, here’s a coupon for two more.

Mark Minasi


It’s hard enough to find an error in your code when you’re looking for it; it’s even harder when you’ve assumed your code is error-free.

Steve McConnell

Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand.

Martin Fowler


A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any other invention in human history, with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.

Mitch Ratcliffe