Software Testing Quotes

I enjoyed reading these quotes, they eloquently express thoughts and feelings I had/have about the software industry, ranging from lines of code to the industry as a whole. I was inspired by the list at


The first 90% of the code accounts for the first 90% of the development time. The remaining 10% of the code accounts for the other 90% of the development time. - Tom Cargill

This one seems particularly true, but it could just be conformational and/or selection bias.

Why do we never have time to do it right, but always have time to do it over? - Murphy’s Law


The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten. - Benjamin Franklin

The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of meeting the schedule has been forgotten. - Karl Wiegers

If we want to be serious about quality, it is time to get tired of finding bugs and start preventing their happening in the first place. - Alan Page

It is interesting how, regardless of advances in technology and science, most problems come back to “It’s always a people problem”.

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

Context is always essential, I wholeheartedly agree with needed a good team, however a bad process can keep a good person (or team) down.

Blame doesn’t fix bugs - Anonymous

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. - Albert Einstein

I think the below quote applies to anyone, not just test-devs, e.g. dev-ops, management-dev, management-test, client-tech team.

Why don’t you buy a developer a doughnut? You know, make friends and give people positive feedback as well, not just only the negative. You will be very surprised what kind of vibe actually comes back when you are giving people good, constructive feedback whether it’s positive or negative - Dawn Haynes