There are more useful systems developed in languages deemed awful than in languages praised for being beautiful--many more.
Jason Pontin (November 28, 2006). The Problem with Programming (Interview with Bjarne Stroustrup). MIT Technology Review. Retrieved on 2007-11-15.
Proof by analogy is fraud.Bjarne Stroustrup
Within C++, there is a much smaller and cleaner language struggling to get out.Bjarne Stroustrup
Design and programming are human activities; forget that and all is lost.Bjarne Stroustrup
A program that has not been tested does not work.Bjarne Stroustrup
"How to test?" is a question that cannot be answered in general. "When to test?" however, does have a general answer: as early and as often as possible.Bjarne Stroustrup
An organisation that treats its programmers as morons will soon have programmers that are willing and able to act like morons only.Bjarne Stroustrup
Anybody who comes to you and says he has a perfect language is either naïve or a salesman.Bjarne Stroustrup
I have always wished for my computer to be as easy to use as my telephone; my wish has come true because I can no longer figure out how to use my telephone.Bjarne Stroustrup
C makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot; C++ makes it harder, but when you do it blows your whole leg off.Bjarne Stroustrup
If you think it's simple, then you have misunderstood the problem.Bjarne Stroustrup
"Legacy code" often differs from its suggested alternative by actually working and scaling.Bjarne Stroustrup
[Corporate programming] is often done to the point where the individual is completely submerged in corporate "culture" with no outlet for unique talents and skills. Corporate practices can be directly hostile to individuals with exceptional skills and initiative in technical matters. I consider such management of technical people cruel and wasteful.Bjarne Stroustrup
I do not think that safety should be bought at the cost of complicating the expression of good solutions to real-life problems.Bjarne Stroustrup
The connection between the language in which we think/program and the problems and solutions we can imagine is very close. For this reason restricting language features with the intent of eliminating programmer errors is at best dangerous.Bjarne Stroustrup