Engineering Quotes

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William Gibson
“When you want to know how things really work, study them when they're coming apart.”
William Gibson, Zero History

Hayao Miyazaki
“But remember this, Japanese boy... airplanes are not tools for war. They are not for making money. Airplanes are beautiful dreams. Engineers turn dreams into reality.”
Hayao Miyazaki, The Wind Rises

Henry Ford
“When Henry Ford decided to produce his famous V-8 motor, he chose to build an engine with the entire eight cylinders cast in one block, and instructed his engineers to produce a design for the engine. The design was placed on paper, but the engineers agreed, to a man, that it was simply impossible to cast an eight-cylinder engine-block in one piece.

Ford replied,''Produce it anyway.”
Henry Ford

Scott Adams
“Engineers like to solve problems. If there are no problems handily available, they will create their own problems.”
Scott Adams

Robert A. Heinlein
“Anything which is physically possible can always be made financially possible; money is a bugaboo of small minds.”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

Robert A. Heinlein
“One man’s “magic” is another man’s engineering. “Supernatural” is a null word.”
Robert A. Heinlein

“All we know about the new economic world tells us that nations which train engineers will prevail over those which train lawyers. No nation has ever sued its way to greatness. ”
Richard Lamm

Carl Sagan
“We tend to hear much more about the splendors returned than the ships that brought them or the shipwrights. It has always been that way. Even those history books enamored of the voyages of Christopher Columbus do not tell much about the builders of the Nina the Pinta and the Santa Maria or about the principle of the caravel. These spacecraft their designers builders navigators and controllers are examples of what science and engineering set free for well-defined peaceful purposes can accomplish. Those scientists and engineers should be role models for an America seeking excellence and international competitiveness. They should be on our stamps.”
Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

Christian Cantrell
“The fewer moving parts, the better." "Exactly. No truer words were ever spoken in the context of engineering.”
Christian Cantrell, Containment

Aldo Leopold
“To those who know the speech of hills and rivers straightening a stream is like shipping vagrants—a very successful method of passing trouble from one place to the next. It solves nothing in any collective sense.”
Aldo Leopold, For the Health of the Land: Previously Unpublished Essays And Other Writings

“Stephenson had large wrought-iron boiler plates available and he also had the courage of his calculations... The idea found its best-known expression in the Menai railway bridge opened in 1850. Stephenson's beams, which weighed 1,500 tons each, were built beside the Straits and were floated into position between the towers on rafts across a swirling tide. They were raised rather over a hundred feet up the towers by successive lifts with primitive hydraulic jacks. All this was not done without both apprehension and adventure; they were giants on the earth in those days.”
J.E. Gordon, The New Science of Strong Materials: Or Why You Don't Fall Through the Floor

Toba Beta
“Incurable diseases will eventually
force mankind to justify
disruptive nanotech and genetic engineering.”
Toba Beta, Betelgeuse Incident: Insiden Bait Al-Jauza

“Manufacturing is more than just putting parts together. It's coming up with ideas, testing principles and perfecting the engineering, as well as final assembly.”
James Dyson

Howard Tayler
“Kevyn, Ennesby tells me you are building a time machine.

Actually I'm finished.

In one afternoon? Wow... Does it work?

After a fashion.


I put a whole lot of energy into it, and the next thing I knew it was time for dinner.
-Captain Tagon & Commander Andreyasn”
Howard Tayler, The Tub of Happiness

“It is hardly surprising that the malodorous field of garbology has not attained the popularity of rocket science, oil exploration, or brain surgery.”
Hans Y. Tammemagi, The Waste Crisis

“In engineering, the joints are the most crucial. They have to be both firm and flexible, exactly like the joints in our body.”
Haresh Sippy

“Automation is cost cutting by tightening the corners and not cutting them.”
Haresh Sippy

“Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral”
Melvin Kranzberg

“As in real life, complex engineering designs demand a pragmatic approach.”
Haresh Sippy

“Progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
Julian Guthrie, How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Space Flight

Peter Benchley
“ideologues of every stripe, as well as folks with interests economic, political, or personal, can interpret data and statistics to suit their own purposes...”
Peter Benchley, Shark Trouble

Henry Petroski
“Failure analysis is as easy as Monday-morning quarterbacking' design is more akin to coaching. However, the design engineer must do better than any coach, for he is expected to win every game he plays. That is a tough assignment when one mistake can often mean a loss. And when defeat occurs, all one can hope is to analyze the game films and learn from the mistakes so that they are less likely to be repeated the next time out.”
Henry Petroski, To Engineer Is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design

Steven Magee
“In modern society, it is not enough to be an engineer, a doctor, a chemist, a biologist, or a physicist, you must be all of them to understand why human health is failing on such a massive scale.”
Steven Magee

Robert Heidersbach
“I have learned over the years that many formally educated corrosion professionals are either engineers or chemists by training. While those two groups represent the largest two categories of backgrounds in the oilfield corrosion control industry, they are in the minority.”
Robert Heidersbach, Metallurgy and Corrosion Control in Oil and Gas Production

Guy Martin
“If you're going to go out, go out in a blaze of glory.”
Guy Martin, Guy Martin: My Autobiography

Norbert Wiener
“There is much which we must leave, whether we like it or not, to the un-"scientific' narrative method of the professional historian.”
Norbert Wiener, Cybernetics: or the Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine

Steven Magee
“The backbone of the electrical grid is largely massive numbers of steam driven engines that turn electrical generators.”
Steven Magee

John von Neumann
“Can we survive technology?”
John von Neumann

Michio Kaku
“What we usually consider are impossible are simply engineering problems ... there's no law of physics preventing them”
Michio Kaku

Deyth Banger
“Pornography wants to suck you up.
Once you got sucked up… you are going to be manipulated by social engineering.”
Deyth Banger

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