I believe that the purpose of life is, at least in part, to be happy. Based on this belief, Ruby is designed to make programming not only easy, but also fun. It allows you to concentrate on the creative side of programming, with less stress.
— Yukihiro Matsumoto, a.k.a. “Matz”.
No grand pronoucements like “write once, run everywhere”, or an “intelligent highly-integrated dynamic super-duper language.” Only “make programming fun” — what a noble goal.
Congratulations Matz, you have succeeded.
Matz is the creator of Ruby — the programming language behind the adored Ruby On Rails (RoR). I am Python fan and I admit I would not have looked at Ruby if it weren’t for RoR. But I am telling you now and this time you should listen: learn Ruby and RoR.
The quote is from the foreword of the book, Programming Ruby.