The use of COBOL cripples the mind; its teaching should, therefore, be regarded as a criminal offence.
- Edsger Dijkstra - From wikiquote.org.
 
Writing in English and writing in Cobol are similar activities, but not because Cobol is "like English." The secret key to all good writing is re-writing. It's true in English and it's true in Cobol. It's even true in APL. Nobody but a genius is capable of writing perfect prose on the first draft.
- Gerald M. Weinberg, Understanding the Professional Programmer by Gerald M. Weinberg , ISBN: 0932633099 , Page: 128