It is not enough|
to read without reflection,
to speculate without devotion,
to research without wonder.
Industry needs piety;
skepticism needs joy;
knowledge needs charity.
Couple insight with humility,
study with grace,
reflection with wisdom.
— adapted from Bonaventure (off-site)
Programming is a pursuit
in which an unintelligent machine demonstrates conclusively to
intelligent people just what fools they are. Do you think that you are
a clever person? Take up programming, and the computer will quickly
disabuse you of this notion. The number of mistakes a human being can
make in pursuit of solving some very, very simple problems is
remarkable, humblingly so.