Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Alan Curtis Kay

American Computer Scientist, President of the Viewpoints Research Institute, Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the University of California

"The best way to predict the future is to invent it."

"By the time I got to school, I had already read a couple hundred books. I knew in the first grade that they were lying to me because I had already been exposed to other points of view. School is basically about one point of view -- the one the teacher has or the textbooks have. They don't like the idea of having different points of view, so it was a battle. Of course I would pipe up with my five-year-old voice."

"Don't worry about what anybody else is going to do? The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Really smart people with reasonable funding can do just about anything that doesn't violate too many of Newton's Laws!"