12 Engineering Quotes That Will Get You Thinking

We have collected some cool engineering quotes from various sources which is sure to get you thinking. If you have some awesome quotes which you think worth sharing, feel free to leave it on comment.

  1. “Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place. Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are, by definition, not smart enough to debug it.” – Brian W. Kernighan
  2. rich-kressly-engineering-quote“Innovation, invention, and engineering without a social conscious will merely allow us to destroy ourselves in more creative ways.” – Rich Kressly
  3. “There are two ways of constructing a software design. One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies. And the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies.” – C.A.R. Hoare
  4. “When man went to the moon, it was the greatest scientific achievement in history. When the Challenger accident occurred, it was an engineering disaster.” – Gerald A. Jones
  5. “A good scientist is a person with original ideas. A good engineer is a person who makes a design that works with as few original ideas as possible. There are no prima donnas in engineering.” -Freeman Dyson
  6. “A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  7. “I wish it would dawn upon engineers that, in order to be an engineer, it is not enough to be an engineer.” – Jose Ortega Y Gasset
  8. “To the engineer falls the job of clothing the bare bones of science with life, comfort and hope.” – Herbert Hoover
  9. “The mistake of a doctor is below the earth whereas the mistake of an engineer is above the earth so be careful where you put your signature.” – Unknown
  10. “Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ’em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.” -Theodore Roosevelt
  11. “At that time [1909] the chief engineer was almost always the chief test pilot as well. That had the fortunate result of eliminating poor engineering early in aviation.” – Igor Sikorsky
  12. “A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.” – Douglas Adams
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1 Comment

  1. Bob Whitehead says:

    It’s “social CONSCIENCE,” Kressly. I think engineers purposely avoid learning to write so they don’t get stuck doing all the documentation. If we didn’t already have Technical Writers, someone would have to invent us.

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