Famous UNIX philosophy quotes

  • Unix is simple. It just takes a genius to understand its simplicity.” – Dennis Ritchie
  • Unix was not designed to stop its users from doing stupid things, as that would also stop them from doing clever things.” – Doug Gwyn
  • Unix never says ‘please’.” – Rob Pike
  • Unix is user-friendly. It just isn’t promiscuous about which users it’s friendly with.” – “Steven King, Software Archaeologist”
  • Those who don’t understand Unix are condemned to reinvent it, poorly.” – Henry Spencer