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A quine, named after the philosopher W. V. O. Quine, is a program that prints its own source code. One of the typical challenges of any new esoteric programming language is to write a quine other than the null program in it.

Often a program that just performs access to its own source code (reading it either from memory or from a disk file) and prints it out is considered "cheating".

The language Muriel is based on the idea of quines.

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