A language that doesn't have everything is actually easier to program in than some that do.
- Dennis Ritchie
 
Programming languages should be designed not by piling feature on top of feature, but by removing the weaknesses and restrictions that make additional features appear necessary.
- Anonymous - From Revised Report on the Algorithmic Language Scheme
 
To keep large programs well structured, you either need superhuman will power, or proper language support for interfaces.
- Greg Nelson
 
At any particular point in time, the features provided by our programming languages reflect our understanding of software and programming.
- R. E. Fairley - Software Engineering Concepts 1985
 
Any language from which code can be generated automatically is a programming language.
- Selden Stewart
 
C++ is a horrible language. It’s made more horrible by the fact that a lot of substandard programmers use it, to the point where it’s much much easier to generate total and utter crap with it. Quite frankly, even if the choice of C were to do *nothing* but keep the C++ programmers out, that in itself would be a huge reason to use C.
- Linus Torvalds