Interview with Linus Torvalds:
I don’t want to claim that programming is an art, because it really is mostly just about ‘good engineering’. I’m a big believer in Thomas Edison’s ‘one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration’ mantra. It’s almost all about the little details and the everyday grunt-work.
But there is that occasional ‘inspiration’ part, that ‘good taste’ thing that is about more than just solving some problem - solving it cleanly and nicely and yes, even beautifully.