When did Grace Murray Hopper say "The wonderful thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from?" This quote is attributed to her in many places (including in one of my books), but I have never found the source of it. Does a source exist?


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According to wikiquote, it is due to Andrew S. Tanenbaum. It is taken from his book Computer Networks. The first edition appeared in 1980 (I don't know if it contains that sentence) and I confirmed that the fifth edition (2001) has the sentence.

  • $\begingroup$ @vy32 Please don't forget to post his answer here. $\endgroup$ Jul 30, 2017 at 20:01
  • $\begingroup$ I'll ask Dr. Tanenbaum for a reference, and report back what I find. $\endgroup$
    – vy32
    Jul 30, 2017 at 20:01
  • $\begingroup$ It evidently appears in Computer Networks (1981) on p. 168. en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Grace_Hopper $\endgroup$
    – MaxW
    Jul 31, 2017 at 3:26
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    $\begingroup$ I had thought that it was Yogi Berra. Regardless, it's definitely Yogi-esque. $\endgroup$
    – Hank Igoe
    Feb 20, 2023 at 18:11

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