Engineering & Science Notable Quote Archive #15

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.

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  • "We need to treat space like a national park - carry out what you carry in." - Heiner Klinkrad, ESA's Space Debris Office, Germany

    5/28/2020      3/18/2009

  • "Their sites have search engines. Ours has a find engine." - Coilcraft magazine ad (which is weird, because the website says "Search our site")


  • "Be nice to people on your way up, because you're going to meet them all on your way down." - Jimmy Durante


  • "Every successful system accumulates parasites." - Thomas Ray

    2/18/2021       2-25-2009 

  • "It could be that the purpose of your life is only to serve as a warning to others." -


  • "Pliny wrote, "The danger from a continuously burning beacon is that it may be thought to be a star…" The wonders of our time are celebrities whose fame exceeds their minimal abilities. They, too often, are mistaken for stars." - E.C. Krupp


  • "I was walking home one night and a guy hammering on a roof called me a paranoid little weirdo. In Morse code." - Emo Philips


  • "Those countries understand that whoever makes the batteries will one day make the cars." - Ralph Brodd, re future of electric vehicles


  • "Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats." - Howard Aiken, IBM engineer


  • "How do you reconfigure an entire universe that's already over-clocked, jacked-in, and densely coded? - Mark Anderson, Discover mag


  • "I'm not too hard core about being green...Waste is not good, but we can't preserve our way to a solution... We have to find a sustainable means of producing and consuming energy." - Elon Musk, DotCom Millionaire and CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors


  • "It was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well." - Charles Dickens, of a transformed Ebenezer Scrooge


  • "I wish there was a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence. There's a knob called "brightness, " but it doesn't work." - Leo Gallagher


  • "Science never solves a problem without creating ten more." - George Bernard Shaw


  • "The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible." - [Arthur C.] Clarke's 2nd Law of Predictions


  • "There is nothing more divisive than to take something from one person and give it to another, with the blessing of and abetting by the government." - Anon


  • "A company wag suggested the power transistors protected the forklift's power fuse from damage." - Myron Boyajian re investigation of failure mode of solid state motor controller


  • "It's amazing the extent to which we know very little." - Wendy Johnson, U. of MN

    5/16/2019, 11-12-2008

  • "NDA, NDA, NDA. Never provide confidential information without an NDA." - Genevieve Thiers, Sittercity

    11-5-2008, 8/1/2019

  • "One Good Op Amp is Worth 1000 Microprocessors" - 1970s Era Silicon Valley License Plate from National Semiconductor


  • "A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it." - Max Planck


  • "Atoms are now such a commonplace idea that it is hard to remember how radical they used to seem." - Martin Bojowald, October 2008 SciAm


  • "What happened to the good old days when bankers jumped out of windows?" - Eric Aeschimann, Liberation Newspaper, France, re the U.S. banking debacle


  • "If less is more, then zero is everything." - Bill Schweber, EE Times

    6/11/2020, 10-1-2008

  • "But when physicists use the equations of quantum theory to calculate the amount of that virtual energy [the Casimir force of empty space], they get a ridiculously huge number - about 120 orders of magnitude too large. That much energy would blow the universe apart...This may be the most colossal gap between observation and theory in the history of science." - Federico Capasso, Harvard physicist