101 Best Computer Quotes, Phrases And Sayings

Oluwatosin Michael
Dec 12, 2023 By Oluwatosin Michael
Originally Published on Mar 13, 2021
Computers have made our day-to-day lives so much easier

Ardent computer enthusiasts must have a handy list of brilliant and fun computer quotes to pick a quote of the day from for their love of technology.

People have different notions about computers and technology. This list of computer quotes includes all sorts of thoughts to keep everyone happy and to provide you with an appropriate quote of the day.

The first computer was invented by Charles Babbage, who came to be known as the 'Father of Computer'. Across time, there have been several famous computer scientists, such as Alan Turing, Larry Page, Tim Berners-Lee, John von Neumann, and more. Computer science has opened up new possibilities to the world but also has its flip sides, like all things.

Enjoy reading these wonderful, funny, computers quotes, and to stay inspired, look at Alan Turing quotes and Ada Lovelace quotes.

Best Computer Quotes

Are you looking for the finest computer quotes? These computers quotes will be the best quote of the day for your office board. Which of these computers quotes would you choose as your quote of the day?

1. “I do not fear computers. I fear lack of them.”

- Isaac Asimov.

2. “Access to computers and the Internet has become a basic need for education in our society.”

- Kent Conrad.

3. “Computers are incredibly fast, accurate, and stupid. Human beings are incredibly slow, inaccurate, and brilliant. Together they are powerful beyond imagination.”

- Albert Einstein.

4. “Computing is not about computers any more. It is about living.”

-Nicholas Negroponte.

5. “The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.”

- Sydney J Harris.

6. “It's been my policy to view the Internet not as an 'information highway', but as an electronic asylum filled with babbling loonies.”

- Mike Royko.

7. “Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.”

- John F. Kennedy.

8. “Computers were a kind of imagery in themselves, or might as well be to people who didn't understand them…”

-  Orson Scott Card.

9. “A computer will do what you tell it to do, but that may be much different from what you had in mind.”

– Joseph Weizenbaum.

10. “Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that…it is completely honest.”

- Issac Asimov.

11.  “If you don't know anything about computers, just remember that they are machines…but often surprise you in the result.”

- Richard Dawkins.

12. “Computers are quiet and clean and totally distracting because the Internet is there, lying in wait for a moment of weakness to pounce on your creativity and progress.”

- Arlaina Tibensky.

13. “It's not computer literacy that we should be working on, but sort of human-literacy. Computers have to become human-literate.”

-Nicholas P. Negroponte.

14. “Computers are hierarchical. We have a desktop and hierarchical files which have to mean everything.”

- Ted Nelson.

15. “The similarities between humans and computers are more numerous than the differences.”

- P.A. Scott.

16. “Computers are finite machines; when given the same input, they always produce the same output.”

- Greg Perry.

17. “The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim.”

- Edsger W Dijkstra.

18. “I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive...”

- Stephen Hawking.

Famous Computer Quotes

Some computer quotes are more often searched than others. Here is a list of the legendary computer quotes!

19. “It’s hardware that makes a machine fast.  It’s software that makes a fast machine slow.”

-  Craig Bruce.

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

– Mitch Ratcliffe.

21. “Computers themselves, and software yet to be developed, will revolutionize the way we learn.”

- Steve Jobs.

22. “The computer was born to solve problems that did not exist before.”

- Bill Gates.

23. “Computers are to design as microwaves are to cooking.”

- Milton Glaser.

24. “The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do...”

- Ted Nelson.

25. “What a computer is to me is the most remarkable tool that we have ever come up with...”

- Steve Jobs.

26. “There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.”

- Ken Olsen.

27. “People think computers will keep them from making mistakes. They're wrong. With computers you make mistakes faster.”

- Adam Osborne.

28. “Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.”

- Pablo Picasso.

29. “Computers are like Old Testament gods - lots of rules and no mercy.”

- Joseph Campbell.

30. “Right now, computers, which are supposed to be our servant, are oppressing us.”

-  Jef Raskin.

31. “As a rule, software systems do not work well until they have been used, and have failed repeatedly, in real applications.”

- Dave Parnas.

32.  “Computer system analysis is like child-rearing; you can do grievous damage, but you cannot ensure success.”

- Tom DeMarco.

33. “I see little commercial potential for the Internet for at least ten years.”

- Bill Gates.

34. “The computing scientist’s main challenge is not to get confused by the complexities of his own making.”

- Edsger W Dijkstra.

35. “I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail…”

- Stephen Hawking.

Inspirational Computer Science Quotes

Computers have allowed us to make huge advancements in many fields.

Does your quote of the day always have to be something about computers? Here are some motivating computers quotes PC users can’t ignore. Use these computers quotes as messages and screen savers to show your admiration for technology and progress.

36. “Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.”

- Edsger W. Dijkstra.

37. “Computers are magnificent tools…but no machine can replace the human spark of spirit…”

- Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.

38. “The internet is not for...[the weak].”

- Paul Vixie.

39. “We can do things that we never could before. Stop-motion lets you build tiny little worlds, and computers make that world even more believable.”

- Nick Park.

40. “Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program winning the world chess championship. Humanity needs a lesson in humility.”

- Richard Dawkins.

41. “A year spent in artificial intelligence is enough to make one believe in God.”

- Alan Perlis.

42. “Supercomputers will achieve one human brain capacity by 2010, and personal computers will do so by about 2020.”

- Ray Kurzweil.

43. “The future lies in designing and selling computers that people don't realize are computers at all.”

- Adam Osborne.

44. “Computer science really involves the same mindset, particularly artificial intelligence.”

- Frederick Lenz.

45. “It should be mandatory that you understand computer science.”

- Will.i.am.

46. “We have to stop optimizing for programmers and start optimizing for users.”

- Jeff Atwood.

47. “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”

- Bill Gates.

48. “It's going to be interesting to see how society deals with artificial intelligence, but it will definitely be cool.”

- Colin Angle.

49. “The computer programmer is a creator of universes for which he alone is the lawgiver.”

- Joseph Weizenbaum.

50. “If we want users to like our software we should design it to behave like a likable person: respectful, generous and helpful.”

- Alan Cooper.

51. “The computer does not perform without the control of the human mind.”

– Dr. T.P. Chia.

52. “The computer is a product of the human mind. ”

– Dr. T.P. Chia.

Beautiful Quotes About Computers And Technology

Computers quotes make a good read for people into computer design, software, and anything related to technology. These computers quotes give you an idea about how people perceive fast machines and stuff related to them. You can also make one your quote of the day!

53. “The system of nature, of which man is a part, tends to be self-balancing….Not so with technology.”

- E.F. Schumacher.

54. “Technology…is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other.”

– C.P. Snow.

55. “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

- Arthur C. Clarke.

56. “The computer can't tell you the emotional story. It can give you the exact mathematical design.”

- Frank Zappa.

57. “Computer users soon learn that the miraculous powers of personal computers are based on avoidance of error.”

– Robert Burchfield.

58. “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”

– Issac Asimov.

59. “Because computers have memories, we imagine that they must be something like our human memories…Computer memories work in a manner alien to human memories.”

– Alan Cooper.

60. “Technology presumes there's just one right way to do things and there never is.”

- Robert M. Pirsig.

61. “The form of computers has never been important, with speed and performance being the only things that mattered.”

- Jonathan Ive.

62. “…the greatly underestimated downside of technological progress is a fractured world.”

- Isabelle Kocher.

63. “We are in an electronic technology age now and it's about time we put away the old stuff.”

- Monica Edwards.

64. “…learn how to harness technology…use it for positive stuff without being disconnected from nature.”

- Talib Kweli.

65. “The human spirit must prevail over technology.”

- Albert Einstein.

Cool And Fun Quotes About Computers

A computer can give you the solution to a problem or question in a matter of seconds.

Trendy and enjoyable, some computers quotes are so much fun to read. Why not grab one from this collection as a quote of the day to lighten the mood?

66. “Software is a gas; it expands to fill its container.”

- Nathan Myhrvold.

67. “It is only when they go wrong that machines remind you how powerful they are.”

- Clive James.

68. “Standards are always out of date.  That’s what makes them standards.”

- Alan Bennett.

69. “Physics is the universe’s operating system.”

- Steven R Garman.

70. “Never trust a computer you can't throw out a window.”

- Steve Wozniak.

71. “The attention span of a computer is only as long as its power cord.”

- Unknown*.

72. “The only legitimate use of a computer is to play games.”

- Eugene Jarvis.

73. “Computers have lots of memory but no imagination.”

- Unknown*.

74. “Computer science is embarrassed by the computer.”

- Alan Perlis.

75. “Your computer needn't be the first thing your see in the morning and the last thing you see at night.”

-  Simon Mainwaring.

76. “To err is human - and to blame it on a computer is even more so.”

- Robert Orben.

77. “Computer coding is a life skill for this generation.”

- Tamara Zentis MS.

78. “Computers in classrooms are the filmstrips of the 1990s.”

- Clifford Stoll.

79. “The spread of computers and the Internet will put jobs in two categories. People who tell computers what to do, and people who are told by computers what to do.”

-  Marc Andreessen.

80. “In a room full of top software designers, if two agree on the same thing, that’s a majority.”

- Bill Curtis.

81. “The Internet?  We are not interested in it.”

- Bill Gates.

82. “Software testing is a sport like hunting, it's bughunting.”

- Amit Kalantri.

Funny Computer Quotes

Looking for funny computers quotes for your quote of the day? Nothing can beat these hilarious computers quotes. Choose them as your quote of the day or just share with friends for some laughter!

83. “A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.”

Emo Phillips.

84. “Computers are like air conditioners. They work fine until you start opening windows.”

– Unknown*.

85. “I just sneezed next to my computer and the anti-virus popped up.”

– Unknown*.

86. “Computers are good at following instructions, but not at reading your mind.”

— Donald Knuth.

87. “To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer.”

- Paul R. Ehrlich.

88. “Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant.”

- Mitchell Kapor.

89. “Computers belong in the boiler room, appliances belong in your hand.”  

- Scott McNealy.

90. “If you think your users are idiots, only idiots will use it.”

- Linus Torvalds.

91. “The most likely way for the world to be destroyed…is by accident.  That’s where we come in; we’re computer professionals.  We cause accidents.”

- Nathaniel Borenstein.

92. “From a programmer’s point of view, the user is a peripheral that types when you issue a read request.”

- P. Williams.

93. “Treat your password like your toothbrush. Don't let anybody else use it, and get a new one every six months.”

- Clifford Stoll.

94. “No one ever said on their deathbed, 'Gee, I wish I had spent more time alone with my computer'.”

- Danielle Berry.

95. “There is only one problem with common sense; it’s not very common.”

- Milt Bryce.

96. “One of the most feared expressions in modern times is 'The computer is down.'”

- Norman Ralph Augustine.

97. “I'm too old-fashioned to use a computer. I'm too old-fashioned to use a quill.”

- Christopher Plummer.

98. “If your computer speaks English, it was probably made in Japan.”

- Alan Perlis.

99. “…I'm a '70s mom…I know a lot of women my age who are real computer freaks.”

- Florence Henderson.

100. “Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain.”

- J.K. Rowling.

101. “Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog.”

- Doug Larson.

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Written by Oluwatosin Michael

Bachelor of Science specializing in Microbiology

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Oluwatosin MichaelBachelor of Science specializing in Microbiology

With a Bachelor's in Microbiology from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Oluwatosin has honed his skills as an SEO content writer, editor, and growth manager. He has written articles, conducted extensive research, and optimized content for search engines. His expertise extends to leading link-building efforts and revising onboarding strategies. 

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