Engineering & Science Notable Quote Archive #2
The 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. Enjoy.
- "The wireless telegraph is not difficult to understand. The ordinary telegraph is like a very long cat. You pull the tail in New York and it meows in Los Angeles. The wireless is the same, only without the cat." - Albert Einstein
- "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." - Winston Churchill
- "You need only two tools: WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and it should, use WD-40. If it moves and shouldn't, use the tape. " - Dave Barry, columnist
- "It's easy to have a complicated idea. It's very hard to have a simple idea." - Carver Meade to his Cal Tech students. "Nobody ignores Carver Meade." - Bill Gates
- "But what ... is it good for?" - Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.
- "Science can amuse and fascinate us all, but it is engineering that changes the world." - Isaac Asimov
- "When persons become part of an electric circuit, the result is often substantial damage to the human machine." - Dr. Michael S. Morse, Dept. of Electrical Engineering University of San Diego
- "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." - Arthur C. Clarke
- "When small men cast large shadows, it’s a sure sign that the sun is setting." - Nathaniel Lee (paraphrased)
- "When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute and it seems longer than any hour. That's relativity." - Albert Einstein ("On the Effects of External Sensory Input on Time Dilation")
- "The machine does not isolate the man from the great problems of nature but plunges him more deeply into them." - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
- "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts." - Albert Einstein
- "Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you'll regret the things you didn't do more than those you did." - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
- "The heights by great men reached and kept, were not obtained by sudden flight but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- "All of physics is either impossible or trivial. It's impossible until you understand it. Then, it becomes trivial." - Albert Einstein
- "Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say that there is plenty more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe." - Frank Zappa
- "Half the world have still never placed a phone call." - Ned Barnholdt, CEO, Agilent Technologies
- "But the fact is that cars are hit from the front the most and second most likely hit from behind, and third most likely to be hit from the passenger side, and fourth most likely to hit from the driver's side. They're almost never hit from the top unless a tree falls on them. And they have never been hit by a meteor. We're fixing the meteor problem in computer security." - Peter S. Tippett