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The quotes[edit]

The Zen of Python (from the output of "import this")

  • Beautiful is better than ugly.
    Explicit is better than implicit.
    Simple is better than complex.
    Complex is better than complicated.
    Flat is better than nested.
    Sparse is better than dense.
    Readability counts.
    Special cases aren't special enough to break the rules.
    Although practicality beats purity.
    Errors should never pass silently.
    Unless explicitly silenced.
    In the face of ambiguity, refuse the temptation to guess.
    There should be one-- and preferably only one --obvious way to do it.
    Although that way may not be obvious at first unless you're Dutch.
    Now is better than never.
    Although never is often better than *right* now.
    If the implementation is hard to explain, it's a bad idea.
    If the implementation is easy to explain, it may be a good idea.
    Namespaces are one honking great idea -- let's do more of those!
    • Tim Peters


  • When in danger,
    When in doubt,
    Run in circles
    Scream and shout!
    • Anonymous U.S. military saying, e.g. Infantry Journal, Vol. 35, (1929), p. 369.
    • Variant: When in danger or in doubt, Run in circles, scream and shout.

Ambrose Bierce#The Devil's Dictionary (1911)