45 Grace Hopper Quotes from Pioneer Computer Scientist

Grace Hopper was an American computer scientist and rear admiral in the United States Navy.

Grace Hopper was a pioneer of computer programming.

Best Grace Hopper Quotes


We’ve tended to forget that no computer will ever ask a new question. ~ Grace Hopper.


Everyone wants better answers faster. ~ Grace Hopper.


A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for. ~ Grace Hopper.


From then on, when anything went wrong with a computer, we said it had bugs in it. ~ Grace Hopper.


Please cut off a nanosecond and send it over to me. ~ Grace Hopper.


It is easier to ask for forgiveness than to get permission. ~ Grace Hopper.

Manage things. Lead people. ~ Grace Hopper.


They told me computers could only do arithmetic. ~ Grace Hopper.

You manage things; you lead people. ~ Grace Murray Hopper.

There’s something you learn in your first boot-camp or training camp: If they put you down somewhere with nothing to do, go to sleep – you don’t know when you’ll get any more. ~ Grace Hopper.

We do need to keep the records. But there isn’t any reason for printing them. The next generation growing up with computers will change that. ~ Grace Hopper.

Famous Grace Hopper Quotes


It is insufficient to plan on the past alone; the plan must be examined in the light of all possible future developments. ~ Grace Hopper.

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. ~ Grace Hopper.


I’ve always objected to doing anything over again if I had already done it once. ~ Grace Hopper.

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. ~ Grace Hopper.

That’s the real problem. Not the arithmetic but the interpretation. ~ Grace Hopper.

Life was simple before World War II. After that, we had systems. ~ Grace Hopper.

We went overboard on management and forgot about leadership. It might help if we ran the MBAs out of Washington. ~ Grace Hopper.


If it isn’t bolted down, bring it home. ~ Grace Hopper.

A business’ accounts receivable file is much more important than its accounts payable file. ~ Grace Hopper.

Top Grace Hopper Quotes

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. ~ Grace Hopper.

In pioneer days they used oxen for heavy pulling, and when one ox couldn’t budge a log, they didn’t try to grow a larger ox. We shouldn’t be trying for bigger computers, but for more systems of computers. ~ Grace Hopper.


Leadership is a two-way street, loyalty up, and loyalty down. Respect for one’s superiors; care for one’s crew. ~ Grace Hopper.

If it’s a good idea, go ahead and do it. It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission. ~ Grace Murray Hopper.

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. ~ Grace Murray Hopper.

I didn’t know what a billion was. I don’t think most of those men downtown know what a billion is, either. And if you don’t know what a billion is, how on earth do you know what a billionth is? ~ Grace Hopper.


I had a running compiler and nobody would touch it. They told me computers could only do arithmetic. ~ Grace Murray Hopper.

If you do something once, people will call it an accident. If you do it twice, they call it a coincidence. But do it a third time and you’ve just proven a natural law! ~ Grace Hopper.

Popular Grace Hopper Quotes

We’re flooding people with information. We need to feed it through a processor. A human must turn information into intelligence or knowledge. We’ve tended to forget that no computer will ever ask a new question. ~ Grace Hopper.

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. ~ Grace Hopper.

Even in a world of accelerating change, it is still difficult to convince people that the new ways of doing things can be better and cheaper. ~ Grace Hopper.

Either you use computers or you can’t do the job. ~ Grace Hopper.

I handed my passport to the immigration officer, and he looked at it and looked at me and said, ‘What are you’? ~ Grace Hopper.

Kids will be using computers instead of memorizing their multiplication tables. This will give them more time to solve word problems, which is much more useful. ~ Grace Hopper.

Inspiring Grace Hopper Quotes

I’ve always been more interested in the future than in the past. ~ Grace Hopper.


One accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions. ~ Grace Hopper.

Leadership is a two-way street, loyalty up and loyalty down. Respect for one’s superiors; care for one’s crew. ~ Grace M. Hopper.

I seem to do a lot of retiring. ~ Grace Hopper.

No innovation or standard should be rejected as too costly without careful evaluation of the cost of not doing it. ~ Grace Hopper.

Someday, 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. ~ Grace Hopper.

The glass is neither half empty nor half full. It’s simply larger than it needs to be. ~ Grace Hopper.

To me, programming is more than an important practical art. It is also a gigantic undertaking in the foundations of knowledge. ~ Grace Hopper.

I need something to compare this to. Could I please have a microsecond? ~ Grace Murray Hopper.

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