35 Inspirational Grace Hopper Quotes On Success In Life

Grace Brewster Murray Hopper was an American computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral. One of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I the computer, she was a pioneer of computer programming who invented one of the first linkers. These Grace Hopper quotes will motivate you.

Best Grace Hopper Quotes

  1. “The most damaging phrase in the language is: ‘It’s always been done that way.'” ~ Grace Hopper
  2. “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
  3. “A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.” ~ Grace Hopper
  4. “To me programming is more than an important practical art. It is also a gigantic undertaking in the foundations of knowledge.” ~ Grace Hopper
  5. “One accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions.” ~ Grace Hopper
  6. “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.'” ~ Grace Hopper
  7. “It is often easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.” ~ Grace Hopper

  8. “No computer is ever going to ask a new, reasonable question. It takes trained people to do that.” ~ Grace Hopper
  9. “You manage things, you lead people. We went overboard on management and forgot about leadership.” ~ Grace Hopper
  10. “Leadership is a two-way street, loyalty up and loyalty down. Respect for one’s superiors; care for one’s crew.” ~ Grace Hopper Quotes
  11. “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 Hopper
  12. “I’ve always been more interested in the future than in the past.” ~ Grace Hopper
  13. “Manage things. Lead people.” ~ Grace Hopper

  14. “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
  15. “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
  16. “If one ox could not do the job they did not try to grow a bigger ox, but used two oxen. When we need greater computer power, the answer is not to get a bigger computer, but . . .to build systems of computers and operate them in parallel.” ~ Grace Hopper
  17. “From then on, when anything went wrong with a computer, we said it had bugs in it.” ~ Grace Hopper

  18. “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 Hopper
  19. “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
  20. “It is easier to apologize than to get permission.” ~ Grace Hopper

  21. “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
  22. “If you want my ghost just say ‘ We’ve always done it that way.’ and I will haunt you for 24 hours.” ~ Grace Hopper
  23. “I had a running compiler and nobody would touch it. They told me computers could only do arithmetic.” ~ Grace Hopper
  24. “If it’s a good idea, go ahead and do it. It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.” ~ Grace Hopper
  25. “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.” ~ Grace Hopper
  26. “We’ve tended to forget that no computer will ever ask a new question.” ~ Grace Hopper

  27. “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
  28. “I will not take what you need to give me. I will take what you want to give me.” ~ Grace Hopper Quotes
  29. “It’s always easier to apologize for something you’ve already done than to get approval for it in advance.” ~ Grace Hopper
  30. “We’re just getting started. We’re just beginning to meet what will be the future-we’ve got the Model T.” ~ Grace Hopper
  31. “If it isn’t bolted down, bring it home.” ~ Grace Hopper

  32. “We’re flooding people with information. We need to feed it through a processor. A human must turn information into intelligence or knowledge.” ~ Grace Hopper
  33. “You manage things and lead people.” ~ Grace Hopper
  34. “I need something to compare this to. Could I please have a microsecond?” ~ Grace Hopper
  35. “It’s easier to apologize than ask for permission.” ~ Grace Hopper

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