Edsger Dijkstra, from an an oral history interview with Philip Frana in 2001:
False dreams paralyzed a lot of American computing science.
There are few areas where it pays so well to be sufficiently bright and well trained. … I have had no influence in the teaching of programming as a tough but rewarding intellectual discipline; this view is hardly tolerated.
Edsger W. Dijkstra, OH 330. Oral history interview by Philip L. Frana, 2 August 2001, Austin, Texas. Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Pp. 22–23 of PDF.