Grace Hopper Quotes


The only phrase I've ever disliked is 'Why we've always done it that way.' I always tell young people 'Go ahead and do it. You can always apologize later.'

It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.

If it's a good idea go ahead and do it. It is much easier to apologise than it is to get permission.

If it's a good idea go ahead and do it. It's much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.

It's easier to apologize than ask for permission.

It is easier to apologize than to get permission.

To me programming is more than an important practical art. It is also a gigantic undertaking in the foundations of knowledge.

I had a running compiler and nobody would touch it. They told me computers could only do arithmetic.

One accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions.

It's always easier to apologize for something you've already done than to get approval for it in advance.

Humans are allergic to change.

Humans are allergic to change. They love to say 'We've always done it this way.' I try to fight that. That's why I have a clock on my wall that runs counter-clockwise.

From then on when anything went wrong with a computer we said it had bugs in it.

A ship in port is safe but that's not what ships are built for.

At any given moment there is always a line representing what your boss will believe. If you step over it you will not get your budget. Go as close to that line as you can.

If it isn't bolted down bring it home.

Developing a compiler was a logical move; but in matters like this you don't run against logic - you run against people who can't change their minds.

If you do something once people will call it an accident. If you do it twice they call it a coincidence. But do it a third time and you've just proven a natural law!

I need something to compare this to. Could I please have a microsecond?

No computer is ever going to ask a new reasonable question. It takes trained people to do that.

We've tended to forget that no computer will ever ask a new question.

Leadership is a two-way street loyalty up and loyalty down. Respect for one's superiors; care for one's crew.

The most damaging phrase in the language is: `It's always been done that way.'

The glass is neither half empty nor half full. It's simply larger than it needs to be. It is easier to get forgiveness than permission

Some day on the corporate balance sheet there will be an entry which reads "Information"; for in most cases the information is more valuable than the hardware which processes it.

You manage things you lead people. We went overboard on management and forgot about leadership.

I've always been more interested in the future than in the past

We're flooding people with information. We need to feed it through a processor. A human must turn information into intelligence or knowledge.

We're just getting started. We're just beginning to meet what will be the future-we've got the Model T.

If you want my ghost just say ' We've always done it that way.' and i will haunt you for 24 hours.

I will not take what you need to give me. I will take what you want to give me.

I handed my passport to the immigration officer and he looked at it and looked at me and said 'What are you?'

Manage things. Lead people.

You manage things; you lead people.

You manage things and lead people.