Grace Hopper quotes and sayings
December 9, 1906
January 1, 1992
I had a running compiler and nobody would touch it... They carefully told me, computers could only do arithmetic; they could not do programs.
You don't manage people; you manage things. You lead people.
One accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions.
You manage things, you lead people. We went overboard on management and forgot about leadership. It might help if we ran the MBAs out of Washington.
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.
It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.
We're just getting started. We're just beginning to meet what will be the future-we've got the Model T.
It's always easier to apologize for something you've already done than to get approval for it in advance.
I will not take what you need to give me. I will take what you want to give me.
In total desperation, I called over to the engineering building, and I said, please cut off a nanosecond and send it over to me.
We're flooding people with information. We need to feed it through a processor. A human must turn information into intelligence or knowledge.
Manage things. Lead people.
I need something to compare this to. Could I please have a microsecond?
I've always been more interested in the future than in the past.
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.
Life was simple before World War II. After that, we had systems.
I'm totally against women in combat, because we live in a culture and a society that imposes on every man the concept of women and children first...If you had a man and a woman trying to go through some dangerous woods, the man's instinct would be to protect the woman. Therefore you weaken the man.
I've received many honors and I'm grateful for them; but I've already received the highest award I'll ever receive, and that has been the privilege and honor of serving very proudly in the United States Navy.
Leadership is a two-way street, loyalty up and loyalty down. Respect for one's superiors; care for one's crew.
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.
I am now going to make you a gift that will stay with you the rest of your life. For the rest of your life, every time you say, "We've always done it that way," my ghost will appear and haunt you for twenty-four hours.
I handed my passport to the immigration officer, and he looked at it and looked at me and said, 'What are you?'.
At the end of about a week, I called back and said, I need something to compare this to. Could I please have a microsecond?
If you want my ghost just say ' We've always done it that way.' and i will haunt you for 24 hours.
We've tended to forget that no computer will ever ask a new question.
If it isn't bolted down, bring it home.
If one ox could not do the job they did not try to grow a bigger ox, but used two oxen. When we need greater computer power, the answer is not to get a bigger computer, but . . .to build systems of computers and operate them in parallel.
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.
You manage things and lead people.
You cannot manage men into battle. You manage things; you lead people.
If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it. It is much easier to apologise than it is to get permission.
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.
It's easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission.
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