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Engineering & Science Notable Quote Archive #18

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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  • "What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly." – Thomas Paine, The American Crisis
  • "You could put a big one on the ground and mess with people's satellites." - Barry Watts, CSBA fellow re MW airborne laser program
  • "You can tell how a person lives by what the inside of his/her car looks like. Junky, dirty car = junky, dirty home." – Kirt Blattenberger, RF Cafe
  • "Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get." - Mark Twain
  • "Once devices were invented that made it possible to communicate between two points without wires or visible signals, it was human nature to move the device farther apart and try again." – David Sumner, K1ZZ, ARRL CEO
  • "Nonlinear equations [are] fundamental because in nature, curves abound." – Shing-Tung Yau, topologist
  • "The only way to predict the future is to invent it" - Alan Kay, father of object-oriented programming
  • "When in doubt, always hire the better writer." - Jason Fried, 37signals, re hiring
  • "Today, there are nearly a billion transistors per human, each one costing one ten-millionth of a cent." - Samuel Palmisano, IBM chairman/CEO
  • "It seems to us that there must be a better way to use the air itself as an ally, rather than conquer it as an enemy." - Orville Wright
  • "The only thing more dangerous than a hardware guy with a code patch is a programmer with a soldering iron." - Anon
  • "It is wise to remember that you are one of those who can be fooled some of the time." - Laurence Peter (The Peter Principle)
  • "When Kepler found his long-cherished belief did not agree with the most precise observation, he accepted the uncomfortable fact. He preferred the hard truth to his dearest illusions; that is the heart of science." - Carl Sagan
  • "Telling the future by looking at the past assumes that conditions remain constant. This is like driving a car by looking in the rear view mirror." - Herb Brody, MIT Technology Review
  • "In making theories, always keep a window open so that you can throw one out if necessary." - Bela Lugosi
  • "We anticipate profitability by 2043 - by then we should be retired; someone smarter might take over and jack up the prices." - Woot.com FAQ
  • "I never worked a day in my life. It was all fun." - Thomas Alva Edison
  • "If my theory of relativity is proven successful, Germany will claim me as a German and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove untrue, France will say that I am a German and Germany will declare that I am a Jew." - Albert Einstein
  • "They're always very polite [when alerted to a new vulnerability], but I suspect they wish I didn't exist." - Charlie Miller, inveterate Apple hacker
  • "Io is a paradise for volcanologists, but it's hell for cartographers, because the minute you map a map, it's obsolete." - Rosaly Lopes, JLP
  • "Scientists dream about doing great things. Engineers do them." - James A. Michener
  • "It [Moore's law] can't continue forever. The nature of exponentials is that you push them out and eventually disaster happens. - Gordon Moore, 2005
  • "It's not always clear at what point you want to stop honoring people for being creative and instead put them in jail." - Lee Gomes, Forbes, re tech bubble.
  • "Microsoft suggesting that some tax be instituted to fund fixing malware problems would be like Toyota suggesting an additional gasoline tax to fund their recent recalls" - Slashdot blogger yagu.
  • "I got told no so many times it almost started meaning yes." - Brent Skoda, college start-up business founder.

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