21 inspirational quotes about software testing

Quotes can offer inspiration at even the most hopeless moments.

Whether you’re seeking guidance or a good laugh, there are quotes to get you through any occasion. Some quotes have spanned decades and still remained relevant, while others are bound to show their resilience with time.
When you’re struggling to find the words yourself, these quotes may just fulfill your need.

Quotes about Mobile Apps

Mobile is becoming not only the new digital hub but also the bridge to the physical world. That’s why mobile will affect more than just your digital operations — it will transform your entire business.
Thomas Husson, Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research

The future of mobile is the future of online. It is how people access online content now. — David Murphy, Founder and Editor of Mobile Marketing Daily

I think the biggest change, and the one we’re already starting to see take shape, is that globally the majority of internet usage will be done via a mobile device and for most people the mobile web will be their primary – if not their only – way of experiencing the internet.
— Peter Rojas, co-founder of Engadget and Gizmodo

Quotes about Testing

Pretty good testing is easy to do. Excellent testing is quite hard to do.
— James Bach, founder, Satisfice

The problem is not that testing is the bottleneck. The problem is that you don’t know what’s in the bottle. That’s a problem that testing addresses.
— Michael Bolton, author, “Rapid Software Testing”

Testing is not responsible for the bugs inserted into software any more than the sun is responsible for creating dust in the air.
― Dorothy Graham, software testing consultant

Debugging is anticipated with distaste, performed with reluctance, and bragged about forever. 
—  Anonymous

Quotes about Quality

Quality is not an act, it is a habit.
― Aristotle

Software never was perfect and won’t get perfect. But is that a license to create garbage? The missing ingredient is our reluctance to quantify quality.
― Boris Beizer, author, “Software Testing Techniques

Quotes about Errors

The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn’t any other test. If the machine produces tranquility it’s right. If it disturbs you it’s wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed.
― Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

It’s hard enough to find an error in your code when you’re looking for it; it’s even harder when you’ve assumed your code is error-free.
— Steve McConnell, author, Code Complete

Quotes about Developers

When debugging, novices insert corrective code; experts remove defective code.
Richard Pattis, senior lecturer at University of California, Irvine

Writing the first 90 percent of a computer program takes 90 percent of the time. The remaining ten percent also takes 90 percent of the time and the final touches also take 90 percent of the time.
­­— N.J. Rubenking, author and former technical editor, PC Magazine

Quotes about Management

It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, and how you’re led.
Steve Jobs, Founder Apple

First law of Bad Management: If something isn’t working, do more of it.
— Tom DeMarco, software engineer

The key to building a great product is building a great team first. To me, great teams aren’t bound by roles, but they’re driven by moving forward.
Alan Page, software tester and Director of Quality for Services at Unity Technologies

In fact what I would like to see is thousands of computer scientists let loose to do whatever they want. That’s what really advances the field.
— Donald Knuth, author, “The Art of Computer Programming”

Sometimes it is the people who no one imagined anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.
— Alan Turing, mathematician and author, Computing Machinery and Intelligence

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