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Engineering & Science Notable Quote Archive #10

Notable Tech Quotes - RF CafeThe number of statements uttered verbally and/or in print is uncountable. Some are more noteworthy than others either because of sheer brilliance, good humor, or utter inanity. We all hope our own remembered words, if any, fall into one of the first two categories rather than the third. I do a lot of reading and find many notable quotes to use that fit the theme of RF Cafe; they fall into all three categories. I always try to verify quotes from original sources or at least from printed books like The Experts Speak, of which I own a hard copy. Enjoy.

Notable Tech Quote Archive

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  • "[It's] the soul afraid of dying that never learns to live." - Amanda McBroom (from The Rose)
  • "Wherever you go, there you are." - Buckaroo Bonzai (The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension)
  • "Blink your eyelids periodically to lubricate your eyes." - A tip from page 16 of the Hewlett Packard Environmental, Health & Safety Handbook for Employees
  • "Getting ready for RoHS is like packing your suitcase without knowing if you are going skiing or to the beach." - Drew Hession-Kunz
  • "Where the calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers of the future may only use 1,000 vacuum tubes and perhaps weigh 1 1/2 tons." - Popular Mechanics, March, 1949
  • "You know what seems odd to me? Numbers that aren't evenly divisible by two." - Michael Wolf
  • "I am the world's foremost expert on my own opinion." - Barry Farber, veteran talk show host


  • "Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." - Ronald Reagan
  • "My goal is simple. It is complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists as all." - Stephen Hawking
  • Lewis's Law of Travel: The first piece of luggage out of the chute doesn't belong to anyone, ever.
  • "Duct tape...also known as Mexican solder." - Red Green, of the Possum Lodge's Handyman's Corner (PBS). Lodge motto: "Quando omni flunkus moritati." (Pseudo-Latin for "When all else fails, play dead.")
  • "Engineering is a great profession. There is the satisfaction of watching a figment of the imagination emerge through the aid of science to a plan on paper. Then it moves to realization in stone or metal or energy. Then it brings homes to men or women. Then it elevates the standard of living and adds to the comforts of life. This is the engineer's high privilege." - Herbert Hoover
  • "Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught." - Sir Winston Churchill
  • "People in the computer industry use the term 'user,' which to them means 'idiot.'" - Dave Barry
  • "Engineering is the professional and systematic application of science to the efficient utilization of natural resources to produce wealth." - T. J. Hoover and J. C. L. Fish
  • "An inventor is simply a fellow who doesn't take his education too seriously." - Charles F. Kettering
  • "Basic research is what I am doing when I don't know what I am doing." - Wernher von Braun
  • "Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand." - Homer Simpson
  • "Yet for eighteen years, four different presidents didn't dare replace him, because it would have been like poking around inside a whirring engine." - David Bodanis, re Alan Greenspan
  • "We were off by 39 orders of magnitude..." - American Institute of Physics e-newsletter correction for a reported peak energy density value.
  • "The fact is, we are living in a Wal-Mart world; It's all about the lowest price, and we are not investing in innovation." - Mike Korkowski, on the effect of H-1B visas on salaries.
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