Quotes by: Larry Wall

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Larry Wall
Born (1954-09-27) September 27, 1954 (age 62)
Los Angeles, California, US
Nationality American
Alma mater Seattle Pacific University UC Berkeley
Occupation Computer programmer, author
Known for Perl
Spouse(s) Gloria Wall
Children 4
Website www.wall.org/~larry/

There is no schedule. We are all volunteers, so we get it done when we get it done. Perl 5 still works fine, and we plan to take the right amount of time on Perl 6.
Larry Wall
We are so Post-Modern that we don't realize how Post-Modern we are anymore.
Larry Wall
We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise.
Larry Wall
To be a good artist, you have to serve the work of art and allow it to be what it is supposed to be.
Larry Wall
I'm never satisfied because I've been always interested in too many things and I always want to do everything at once.
Larry Wall
If you're a large corporation, you can afford to pay the money to register patents, but if you're an individual like me, you can't.
Larry Wall
The three chief virtues of a programmer are: Laziness, Impatience and Hubris.
Larry Wall
I think software patents are a bad idea. Many patents are given for trivial inventions.
Larry Wall
When I announced the development of Perl 6, I said it was going to be a community design. I designed Perl, myself. It's limited by my own brain power. So I wanted Perl 6 to be a community design.
Larry Wall
I take time to watch anime. I don't know whether I'm allowed to, but I do it anyway.
Larry Wall
I think operating systems work best if they're free and open. Particular applications are more likely to be proprietary.
Larry Wall
Younger hackers are hard to classify. They're probably just as diverse as the old hackers are. We're all over the map.
Larry Wall
I think the way IBM has embraced the open source philosophy has been quite astonishing, but gratifying. I hope they'll do very well with it.
Larry Wall
Some of modern engineering is necessary to good art. But I think of myself is a cultural artist.
Larry Wall
Many days I don't write any code at all, and some days I spend all day writing code.
Larry Wall
I want people to use Perl. I want to be a positive ingredient of the world and make my American history. So, whatever it takes to give away my software and get it used, that's great.
Larry Wall
Perl was designed to work more like a natural language. It's a little more complicated but there are more shortcuts, and once you learned the language, it's more expressive.
Larry Wall
I'm just paid to do whatever I want to do. Some of the time it's development, and some of the time it's just goofing off.
Larry Wall
Post-Modernism was a reaction against Modernism. It came quite early to music and literature, and a little later to architecture. And I think it's still coming to computer science.
Larry Wall
I talked about becoming stupid, but I've always been stupid. Fortunately I've been just smart enough to realize that I'm stupid.
Larry Wall
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