I have regarded it as the highest goal of programming language design to enable good ideas to be elegantly expressed.
-- C.A.R. Hoare, 1981
Language designers also have an obligation to provide languages that encourage good style, since we all know that style is strongly influenced by the language in which it is expressed.
-- Donald Knuth, 1974
I have the feeling that one of the most important aspects of any computing tool is its influence on the thinking habits of those who try to use it.
-- E.W.Dijkstra, 1972