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Engineering & Science Notable Quote Archive #21

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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  • "He has very moderate abilities. He knows nothing of philosophy, but his few experiments in electricity." - John Adams re Benjamin Franklin


  • "A round Italian culinary delight with a crust radius "z" and a height of "a" has a volume equal to pi·zz·a" - Anon


  • "I do not look upon any system of wireless telegraphy as a serious competitor with our cables." - Sir John Wolfe-Barry (western Telegraph, 1907)


  • "Science is bound, by the everlasting vow of honour, to face fearlessly every problem which can be fairly presented to it." - Lord Kelvin


  • "You're right to be paranoid. The company is always watching you, and there's a record of everything you do: every phone call, every text, every tweet and instant message. At most companies, they save that data forever." – Laurie Ruettimann, HR consultant


  • "It is highly unlikely that an airplane, or fleet of them, could ever sink a fleet of Navy vessels under battle conditions." FDR, Asst. Sec. of Navy, 1922


  • "You could say that a black hole is a tunnel at the end of the light." -  Anon


  • "When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion – when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you – when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – you may know that your society is doomed." - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged


  • "If you had to identify, in one word, the reason the human race has not received, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be meetings.” – Dave Berry


  • "The key innovation in software defined radio [SDR] is that, just as you load Microsoft Word on your computer, you can load SINCGARS on your radio." – Erie Whitehill, ITT Corp. (M&AE)


  • "Why is the sky dark at night when there should be a star in every direction?" – The Olbers paradox, Heinrich Olbers


  • "The problems we face today exist because the people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living." - Anon


  • "If you pick up a starving dog, and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man." - Mark Twain


  • "This is indeed the annihilation of space." – Paris newspaper Galignani's Messenger re instant reporting enabled by Morse's telegraph system, 1884


  • "Based on how few of them are selling, Chevy should rename their all-electric car the milliVolt" - Kirt Blattenberger, RF Cafe


  • "Competition brings out the best in products and the worst in people." – radio pioneer David Sarnoff


  • "Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill." – Shinichi Suzuki


  • "If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just in time to ask questions? - Scott Adams, Dilbert creator


  • "You are the only traffic in the state of Colorado; you are cleared all altitudes. Thank God you're here." - Denver ATC to USAF pilot Tim Conklin on 9/11/2001


  • "Cellphones may cause brain tumors but they kill far more people through automobile accidents," - Otis Brawley, American Cancer Society


  • "Scientists have determined the earthquake affecting Washington, D.C., today was caused by the Founding Fathers simultaneously rolling over in their graves." - Rick Stevens, VP of Surge Suppression Incorporated


  • "...more people died building the V-2 rockets than were killed by them." - Michael Neufeld, Smithsonian


  • "This is a company full of geeks - and proud of it!" - Fraser Smith, CEO, Raytheon Sarcos


  • "Regulation inhibits innovation." - Anon


  • "We've tripled the energy in the same can size from 1996 to today." - Dennis Malec, re Panasonic Li-Ion batteries


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