Quotes from books taken entirely out of context and therefore completely useless.

Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (Harold Abelson, Gerald Jay Sussman, Julie Sussman)

you must read and write computer programs—many of them. It doesn’t matter much what the programs are about or what applications they serve. (p. xi)

Thus, programs must be written for people to read, and only incidentally for machines to execute. (p. xv)

They should feel secure about modifying a program, retaining the spirit and style of the original author. (p. xvi)

“computer science” is not a science and that its significance has little to do with computers. (p. xvi)

Computation provides a framework for dealing precisely with notions of “how to”. (p. xvi)

In effect, we conjure the spirits of the computer with our spells. (p. 1)

[A master software engineer] can visualize the behavior of his system in advance. (p. 2)

The user should not need to know how the procedure is implemented in order to use it. (p. 25)