According to TimPeters:
- Beautiful is better than ugly.
- Explicit is better than implicit.
- Simple is better than complex.
- Complex is better than complicated.
- Flat is better than nested.
- Sparse is better than dense.
- Readability counts.
- Special cases aren't special enough to break the rules.
- Although practicality beats purity.
- Errors should never pass silently.
- Unless explicitly silenced.
- In the face of ambiguity, refuse the temptation to guess.
- There should be one -- and preferably only one -- obvious way to do it.
- Although that way may not be obvious at first unless you're Dutch.
- Now is better than never.
- Although never is often better than right now.
- If the implementation is hard to explain, it's a bad idea.
- If the implementation is easy to explain, it may be a good idea.
NameSpaces are one honking great idea -- let's do more of those!
EasterEgg: If you have Python 2.1.2 or later you can read the Philosophy of Python whenever you want. Just do the following:
$ python Python 2.2 (#1, Apr 17 2002, 16:11:12) [GCC 2.95.2 19991024 (release)] on some-os Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information. >>> import this