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Niklaus Wirth on the necessity of perfection

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Niklaus Wirth

It is a sad manifestation of the spirit of modern times, in which an individual’s pride in his/her work has become rare. The idea that one might derive satisfaction from his or her successful work, because that work is ingenious, beautiful, or just pleasing, has become ridiculed. Nothing but economic success and monetary reward is acceptable. Hence our occupations have become mere jobs. But quality of work can be expected only through personal satisfaction, dedication and enjoyment. In our profession, precision and perfection are not a dispensible luxury, but a simple necessity.

Niklaus Wirth, designer of Pascal

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April 13, 2013 at 9:50 am

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