I had heard tales of the... thing that C.A.R. Hoare had summoned up in '62 — dark hints of choosing one element from an array, and partitioning the rest into lesser and greater sets, and hellishly recursing until the data were twisted into a sorted list — but nothing I could have imagined would be in any way comparable to the daemoniac, blasphemous reality that I saw.
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This quote was added January 13, 2010.