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Old 10th March 2013
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Collection of sayings from Grace Hopper:

These sayings are taken from an article from the OCLC NEWSLETTER,
March/April, 1987, No. 167.
Editor (and article author) Philip Schieber.

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

On the building of Bigger Computers:

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

On Change:

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.

On calculating the value of information:

A business' accounts receivable file is much more important than its
accounts payable file.

On information and knowledge:

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.

On advice to the young (whom she defines as "anybody half my age"):

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.
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