If God used a programming language, it would be Lisp!


Some of the quotes I’ve found on the internet which urged me to start learning Lisp!

“A language that doesn’t affect the way you think about programming, is not worth knowing.” – Alan Perlis

“Lisp is worth learning for the profound enlightenment experience you will have when you finally get it; that experience will make you a better programmer for the rest of your days, even if you never actually use Lisp itself a lot.” – Eric Raymond, “How to Become a Hacker”

“Like DNA, such a language [Lisp] does not go out of style.” – Paul Graham, ANSI Common Lisp

“The problem with Lisp is that it makes you so damned smug.” – Jesse Bowman

“…only the creatively intelligent can prosper in the Lisp world.” – Richard Gabriel

“If someone asks me who I am, and if I’m among ordinary people, I tell them I’m a computer hacker. If I’m among computer people I tell them I’m a Unix hacker. If I’m among Unix people I tell them I’m a Linux hacker. And if I’m among Linux people I tell them I’m a Lisp hacker.” – James Crippen

“Lisp is the red pill.” – John Fraser, comp.lang.lisp

“Lisp is so great … because it is simply the most powerful language available. And the reason everyone doesn’t use it is that programming languages are not merely technologies, but habits of mind as well, and nothing changes slower.” – Paul Graham

“Greenspun’s Tenth Rule of Programming: any sufficiently complicated C or Fortran program contains an ad hoc informally-specified bug-ridden slow implementation of half of Common Lisp.” – Phil Greenspun

“…the greatest single programming language ever designed.” – Alan Kay (about Lisp)

“Lisp is a programmable programming language.” – John Foderaro

“Will write code that writes code that writes code that writes code for money.” – on comp.lang.lisp

“Because Lisp gives you the freedom to define your own operators, you can mold it into just the language you need. If you’re writing a text-editor, you can turn Lisp into a language for writing text-editors. If you’re writing a CAD program, you can turn Lisp into a language for writing CAD programs. And if you’re not sure yet what kind of program you’re writing, it’s a safe bet to write it in Lisp. Whatever kind of program yours turns out to be, Lisp will, during the writing of it, have evolved into a language for writing that kind of program.” – Paul Graham, On Lisp

“Lisp is an especially good language for writing extensible programs because it is itself an extensible program.” – Paul Graham, On Lisp

“Lisp is a language for doing what you’ve been told is impossible.” – Kent Pitman

“Lisp was far more powerful and flexible than any other language of its day; in fact, it is still a better design than most languages of today, twenty-five years later. Lisp freed ITS’s hackers to think in unusual and creative ways. It was a major factor in their successes, and remains one of hackerdom’s favorite languages.” – Eric Raymond, Open Sources

Source: Internet

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