Lisp Quote of the Day

"Why are macros so important to Lisp programmers? Not merely for the syntactic convenience they provide, but because they are programs that manipulate programs, which has always been a central theme in the Lisp community. If FORTRAN is the language that pushes numbers around, and C is the language that pushes characters and pointers around, then Lisp is the language that pushes programs around."

Gabriel & Steele, The Evolution of Lisp.

An old quote, but still thoroughly relevant. (Though today you'd probably pick something in place of Fortran, and add a note about Java being the language that pushes objects around.)