Software Testing Quotes

A collection of Software Testing Quotes. Some are inspirational while some are outrageous.
Quality Quotes
  • “Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort.” – John Ruskin
  • “Quality is free, but only to those who are willing to pay heavily for it.” – T. DeMarco and T. Lister
  • “Quality is the ally of schedule and cost, not their adversary. If we have to sacrifice quality to meet schedule, it’s because we are doing the job wrong from the very beginning.” – James A. Ward
  • “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of meeting the schedule has been forgotten.” – Anonymous
  • “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
  • “A true professional does not waste the time and money of other people by handing over software that is not reasonably free of obvious bugs; that has not undergone minimal unit testing; that does not meet the specifications and requirements; that is gold-plated with unnecessary features; or that looks like junk.” – Daniel Read
  • “It’s more about good enough than it is about right or wrong.” – James Bach

Software Testing Quotes

  • “Software testing proves the existing of bugs not their absence.” – Anonymous
  • “Alpha is simply that you want somebody to share your pain!” -  Anonymous
  • “Just because you’ve counted all the trees doesn’t mean you’ve seen the forest.” – Anonymous
  • “More than the act of testing, the act of designing tests is one of the best bug preventers known. The thinking that must be done to create a useful test can discover and eliminate bugs before they are coded – indeed, test-design thinking can discover and eliminate bugs at every stage in the creation of software, from conception to specification, to design, coding and the rest.” – Boris Beizer
  • “If you don’t like unit testing your product, most likely your customers won’t like to test it either.” -  Anonymous

Software Testers Quotes

  • “Software testers do not make software; they only make them better.” – Anonymous
  • “Software testers succeed where others fail.” – Anonymous
  • “The principle objective of software testing is to give confidence in the software.” – Anonymous
  • “Software testers always go to heaven; they’ve already had their fair share of hell.” – Anonymous
  • “You must be a constructive schizophrenic. Be clear about the difference between your role as a programmer and as a tester. The tester in you must be suspicious, uncompromising, hostile, and compulsively obsessed with destroying, utterly destroying, the programmer’s software. The tester in you is your Mr. Hyde – your Incredible Hulk. He must exercise what Gruenberger calls ‘low cunning.” – Boris Beizer
  • “f u cn rd ths, u cn gt a gd jb n sftwr tstng.” – Anonymous

Codes and Bugs Quotes

  • “All code is guilty, until proven innocent.” – Anonymous
  • “First, solve the problem. Then, write the code.” – Anonymous
  • “A code that cannot be tested is flawed.” – Anonymous
  • “Good programmers write code for humans first and computers next.” – Anonymous
  • “Don’t fix it if it ain’t broke.” – Anonymous
  • “A bug in the hand is worth two in the box.” – Anonymous
  • “The only certainties in life are death, taxes and bugs in code.” – Anonymous
  • “First law: The pesticide paradox. Every method you use to prevent or find bugs leaves a residue of subtler bugs against which those methods are ineffective.” – Boris Beizer
  • “Don’t just fix the bugs; fix whatever permitted the bugs in the first place.” – Anonymous
  • “Failure is not an option. It comes bundled with the software.” – Anonymous
  • “Blame doesn’t fix bugs.” – Anonymous

Software in General Quotes

  • “Every large system that works started as a small system that worked.” – Anonymous
  • “Fast, good, cheap: pick any two.” – Anonymous
  • “Lots of methodologies have come and gone, paradigms have changed but the requirements are always the same; Make it good and make it fast.” – Anonymous
  • “Why do we never have time to do it right, but always have time to do it over?” – Anonymous

If you have come across any other interesting software testing quotes please do share.