Peter Thiemann

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."

-Robert Heinlein, writer (1907-1988)

You can never understand one language until you understand at least two.

-Ronald Searle, artist (1920- )

To know another language is to have a second soul.

-Charlemagne, king (742-814)

Pedantry and mastery are opposite attitudes toward rules. To apply a rule to the letter, rigidly, unquestioningly, in cases where it fits and in cases where it does not fit, is pedantry... To apply a rule with natural ease, with judgment, noticing the cases where it fits, and without ever letting the words of the rule obscure the purpose of the action or the opportunities of the situation, is mastery.

-George Polya, professor of mathematics (1887-1985)

Several excuses are always less convincing than one.

-Aldous Huxley, novelist (1894-1963)

If you don't understand interpreters, you can still write programs; you can even be a competent programmer. But you can't be a master.

-Hal Abelson, Foreword to "Essentials of Programming Languages" by Friedman, Wand, and Haynes

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pila has further interesting meanings like basin or atomic plant

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