No, no, you're not thinking; you're just being logical. -- Niels Bohr
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Progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things. -- Robert A. Heinlein

The three chief virtues of a programmer are: Laziness, Impatience and Hubris.

Laziness: The quality that makes you go to great effort to reduce overall energy expenditure. It makes you write labor-saving programs that other people will find useful, and document what you wrote so you don't have to answer so many questions about it. Hence the first great virtue of a programmer.
Impatience: The anger you feel when the computer is being lazy. This makes you write programs that don't just react to your needs, but actually anticipate them. Or at least pretend to. Hence the second great virtue of a programmer.
Hubris: Excessive pride, the sort of thing Zeus zaps you for. Also the quality that makes you write (and maintain) programs that other people won't want to say bad things about. Hence, the third great virtue of a programmer.

-- Larry Wall, The Glossary of Programming Perl

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