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Top 30 Grace Murray Hopper Quotes (LEADERSHIP)

Top 10 Most Famous Murray Hopper Quotes (BEST)

“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 Murray Hopper
The most damaging phrase in the language is: 'It's always been done that way.'
The most damaging phrase in the language is: ‘It’s always been done that way.’
A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.
A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.
It is better to beg forgiveness, than ask permission.
It is better to beg forgiveness, than ask permission.
I’ve always been more interested in the future than in the past.
I’ve always been more interested in the future than in the past.

“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 Murray Hopper
Leadership is a two-way street, loyalty up and loyalty down.
Leadership is a two-way street, loyalty up and loyalty down.
The only phrase I’ve ever disliked is, ‘Why, we’ve always done it that way.’ I always tell young people, ‘Go ahead and do it. You can always apologize later.'
The only phrase I’ve ever disliked is, ‘Why, we’ve always done it that way.’ I always tell young people, ‘Go ahead and do it. You can always apologize later.’
Life was simple before World War II. After that, we had systems.
Life was simple before World War II. After that, we had systems.
You manage things, you lead people. We went overboard on management and forgot about leadership.
You manage things, you lead people. We went overboard on management and forgot about leadership.

5 Inspirational Grace Murray Hopper Quotes About Life

“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 Murray Hopper
No innovation or standard should be rejected as too costly without careful evaluation of the cost of not doing it.
No innovation or standard should be rejected as too costly without careful evaluation of the cost of not doing it.
I will not take what you need to give me. I will take what you want to give me.
I will not take what you need to give me. I will take what you want to give me.
The glass is neither half empty nor half full. It’s simply larger than it needs to be.
The glass is neither half empty nor half full. It’s simply larger than it needs to be.
I’ve always objected to doing anything over again if I had already done it once.
I’ve always objected to doing anything over again if I had already done it once.

8 Wise Grace Murray Hopper Quotes that Will Make You Think (WISDOM)

“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
One accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions.
One accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions.
The wonderful thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from.
The wonderful thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from.
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.
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.

“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 Murray Hopper
If it isn’t bolted down, bring it home.
If it isn’t bolted down, bring it home.
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.
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.

“I’m totally against women in combat, because we live in a culture and a society that imposes on every man the concept of women and children first…If you had a man and a woman trying to go through some dangerous woods, the man’s instinct would be to protect the woman. Therefore you weaken the man.”

Grace Murray Hopper

7 Grace Murray Hopper Quotes on Technology

“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 Murray Hopper
To me, programming is more than an important practical art. It is also a gigantic undertaking in the foundations of knowledge.
To me, programming is more than an important practical art. It is also a gigantic undertaking in the foundations of knowledge.
No computer is ever going to ask a new, reasonable question. It takes trained people to do that.
No computer is ever going to ask a new, reasonable question. It takes trained people to do that.

“Some day, 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 Murray 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.
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.
We're flooding people with information. We need to feed it through a processor. A human must turn information into intelligence or knowledge.
We’re flooding people with information. We need to feed it through a processor. A human must turn information into intelligence or knowledge.
I had a running compiler and nobody would touch it. They told me computers could only do arithmetic.
I had a running compiler and nobody would touch it. They told me computers could only do arithmetic.

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