Wonderful Cryptography

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Wonderful Cryptography Quotes

The trouble with quotes on the Internet is that you never know if they are genuine.

        — Benjamin Franklin :-)

Cryptography is hard.

— Anonymous

If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.

— Kahlil Gibran

A secret between two is a secret of God; a secret among three is everybody's secret.

— French proverb

How long do you want these messages to remain secret? I want them to remain secret for as long as men are capable of evil.

— Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon

Computers had their origin in military cryptography.

— Austin Grossman

In God we trust. Everybody else we verify using PGP!

— Tim Newsome

There are two kinds of cryptography in this world: cryptography that will stop your kid sister from reading your files, and cryptography that will stop major governments from reading your files.

— Bruce Schneier

Cryptography is typically bypassed, not penetrated.

— Adi Shamir

Fully secure systems don't exist today and they won't exist in the future.

— Adi Shamir

Security is a process, not a product.

— Bruce Schneier

Beware of Snake Oil Cryptography.

— Philip Zimmermann

The enemy knows the system.

— Claude Shannon

Don't roll your own Crypto!

— Anonymous

Anyone, from the most clueless amateur to the best cryptographer, can create an algorithm that he(she) himself(herself) can't break.

— Bruce Schneier

Anyone who attempts to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin.

— John von Neumann

Random numbers should not be generated with a method chosen at random.

— Donald Knuth

The problem of randomness (or people are a poor source of entropy).[1][2]

Rule 1 of cryptanalysis: check for plaintext.

— Robert Morris

When in doubt, use brute force.

— Ken Thompson

Your voice is always heard.


We kill people based on metadata.

— Michael Hayden (NSA)

Security wins many battles but loses the security war. We are definitely going backwards in computer security.

— Adi Shamir

If privacy is outlawed, only outlaws will have privacy.

— Philip Zimmermann

Lots of people working in cryptography have no deep concern with real application issues. They are trying to discover things clever enough to write papers about.

— Whitfield Diffie

I do engineering, not religion.

— Daniel J. Bernstein

"Why Johnny Can't Encrypt" or "On unusability of PGP and other crypto softwares".[3]

You can’t trust code that you did not totally create yourself.

— Ken Thompson

The danger of rubber-hose cryptanalysis![4]

All models are wrong, but some (like Random Oracle Models) are useful.

— MrXOR (excuse me!), with apologies to George Box

Information security is only as strong as the weakest link. The strongest link is cryptography and the weakest link is human factor.

— MrXOR (excuse me!), with apologies to Bruce Schneier

We can win a major battle in the arms race and gain a new territory of freedom for several years. Governments are good at cutting off the heads of a centrally controlled networks like Napster, but pure P2P networks like Gnutella and Tor seem to be holding their own.

— Satoshi Nakamoto

Crypto means Cryptography, not Cryptocurrency.

— All Cryptographers

Life(Crypto?) is good. More is better.

— Ralph Merkle

Cryptography is Awesome.

— All Cryptographers


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