125 Inspirational Engineer Quotes to Help You Succeed

Short Engineering Quotes

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  • A people without a positive history is like a vehicle without an engine. — Steven Biko
  • Genetic engineering has never been about saving the world, it's about controlling the world. — Vandana Shiva
  • Not only is the Universe stranger than we think, it is stranger than we can think. — Werner Heisenberg
  • Aerodynamics are for people who can't build engines. — Enzo Ferrari
  • The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art. — Leonardo da Vinci
  • Scientists investigate that which already is; Engineers create that which has never been. — Albert Einstein
  • I did graduate with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1948. — Daniel J. Evans
  • Beaver do better work than the Corps of Engineers. — Mike Todd
  • The question of whether computers can think is like the question of whether submarines can swim. — Edsger Dijkstra
  • Our psyche needs hope to survive the way a fish needs water. Hope is the fuel for our mental engine. — Mark Manson

Top 10 Engineering Quotes

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I failed in some subjects in exam, but my friend passed in all. Now he is an engineer in Microsoft and I am the owner of Microsoft. — Bill Gates

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. — R. Buckminster Fuller

If we want scientists and engineers in the future, we should be cultivating the girls as much as the boys. — Sally Ride

All of physics is either impossible or trivial. It is impossible until you understand it, and then it becomes trivial. — Ernest Rutherford

A people without a positive history is like a vehicle without an engine. — Steven Biko

Genetic engineering has never been about saving the world, it's about controlling the world. — Vandana Shiva

Not only is the Universe stranger than we think, it is stranger than we can think. — Werner Heisenberg

I don't know why I always liked aerospace engineering. I was in the 10th grade when I figured that's what I wanted to do. — Kalpana Chawla

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Aerodynamics are for people who can't build engines. — Enzo Ferrari

Orchids were not made by an ideal engineer; they are jury-rigged from a limited set of available components. — Stephen Jay Gould

Engineering quote Curiosity is the engine of achievement.
Curiosity is the engine of achievement.

Computer Engineer Quotes

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If debugging is the process of removing software bugs, then programming must be the process of putting them in. — Edsger Dijkstra

The cloning of humans is on most of the lists of things to worry about from Science, along with behaviour control, genetic engineering, transplanted heads, computer poetry and the unrestrained growth of plastic flowers. — Lewis Thomas

The question of whether computers can think is like the question of whether submarines can swim. — Edsger Dijkstra

Engineering quote Great teachers engineer learning experiences that put students in the driver's s
Great teachers engineer learning experiences that put students in the driver's seat and then get out of the way.

Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand. — Martin Fowler

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Computers are good at following instructions, but not at reading your mind. — Donald Knuth

Atlantis was a highly evolved civilization where the sciences and arts were far more advanced than one might guess. Atlantis was technologically advanced in genetic engineering, computer science, inter-dimensional physics, and artistically developed with electronic music and crystal art forms. — Frederick Lenz

Engineering quote To an engineer, good enough means perfect. With an artist, there's no such thing
To an engineer, good enough means perfect. With an artist, there's no such thing as perfect.

Humans program each other by prompt engineering too, so it's interesting to see that form of programming becoming increasingly prevalent with computers. Programming turns into a kind of applied psychology of neural nets, biological or synthetic. — Andrej Karpathy

When debugging, novices insert corrective code; experts remove defective code. — Richard E. Pattis

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Software gets slower faster than hardware gets faster. — Niklaus Wirth

I keep saying the sexy job in the next ten years will be statisticians. People think I'm joking, but who would've guessed that computer engineers would've been the sexy job of the 1990s? — Hal Varian

Civil Engineer Quotes

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Scientists investigate that which already is; Engineers create that which has never been. — Albert Einstein

I did graduate with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1948. — Daniel J. Evans

I was in school studying civil engineering. A guy approached me on the street and said that I had a interesting look-very exotic. He told me I should try to be in the industry. — Thuy Trang

Engineering quote Rust rust rust in the engines of love and time.
Rust rust rust in the engines of love and time.

Strive for perfection in everything you do. — Henry Royce

My father, who had previously been a civil engineer, died in the great influenza epidemic of 1918. — James Rainwater

My father was a professor of civil engineering at MIT, and my mother taught high school English. — Eric Allin Cornell

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Take the best that exists and make it better. — Henry Royce

Atlantis was a highly evolved civilization where the sciences and arts were far more advanced than one might guess. Atlantis was technologically advanced in genetic engineering, computer science, inter-dimensional physics, and artistically developed with electronic music and crystal art forms. — Frederick Lenz

To the engineer falls the job of clothing the bare bones of science with life, comfort, and hope. — Herbert Hoover

Architects and engineers are among the most fortunate of men since they build their own monuments with public consent, public approval and often public money. — John Prebble

Electrical Engineer Quotes

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If inflation is unwinding, as we believe, then we could be heading back to the future, the Roaring Twenties, the last time several general-purpose technologies evolved at the same time: telephone, electricity, and the internal combustion engine. The setup is remarkably similar! — Cathie Wood

We live technologically, with man as the master of nature, man as the engineer, and let anyone who raises his voice against it stop using bridges not built by nature.... No electric light bulbs, no engines, no atomic energy, no calculating machines, no anaesthetics-back to the jungle. — Max Frisch

It is a simple feat of scientific electrical engineering — only expensive — blind, faint-hearted, doubting world. — Nikola Tesla

I suppose the reason I chose electrical engineering was because I had always been interested in electricity, involving myself in such projects as building radios from the time I was a child. — Koichi Tanaka

Enthusiasm is the electric current that keeps the engine of life going at top speed. — W. Clement Stone

Reading is a mighty engine, beside which steam and electricity sink into insignificance. — Sayings

People always fear change. People feared electricity when it was invented, didn't they? — Bill Gates

Enthusiasm is the electric current that keeps the engine of life going at top speed. Enthusiasm is the very propeller of progress. — B. C. Forbes

Calculus, the electrical battery, the telephone, the steam engine, the radio - all these groundbreaking innovations were hit upon by multiple inventors working in parallel with no knowledge of one another. — Steven Johnson

We have a tremendous investment in facilities for (internal combustion engines, transmissions, and axles) and I can't see throwing them away just because the electric car doesn't emit fumes. — Henry Ford II

Mechanical Engineer Quotes

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The business and design of the Royal Society is: To improve the knowledge of naturall things, and all useful Arts, Manufactures, Mechanic practices, Engines and Inventions by Experiments-(not meddling with Divinity, Metaphysics, Moralls, Politicks, Grammar, Rhetoric or Logick). — Robert Hooke

I happen to love engineering. I love figuring things out in a spatial sense, that whole realm of working with mechanical parts, and the relationship of the parts, and things like ratios and the speeds of particular objects. — Arthur Ganson

My father was a master carpenter and builder. Architectural design, engineering design, mechanical design, three-dimensional views, that was my shtick, my forte. — Bobby Seale

Husband, when you tell your wife to go for counseling alone (because you think going to see a counselor is a sign you have failed) is like having a car you love overheat and deciding it's not manly to take it to the mechanic. You can keep on driving it but eventually you will ruin the engine. — Adam Hamilton

Communication is like the basics of mechanical engineering, the more moving parts you have the more likely it is to break down! — Garrison Wynn

The experienced physician, mechanic, or physiologist looking at a wound, an engine, a microscopic preparation, "sees" things the novice does not see. If both, experts and laymen, were asked to make exact copies of what they see, their drawings would be quite different. — Rudolf Arnheim

Our mechanics are engineered so that we can survive quite a lot, but I think our need to be loved is so great that it’s the thing that damages us the most. — Charlize Theron

For the record, a mechanical engineer is responsible for how just about anything is built. We make sure any type of structure or vehicle or roadway is strong, safe and will stay together. — Kristan Higgins

The Reservoir plan is an engineering mechanism applied to the field of economics, and in its essence it has nothing to do with democracy or any other political philosophy. — Benjamin Graham

The mechanics of industry is easy. The real engine is the people : Their motivation and direction. — Ken Gilbert

Structural Engineer Quotes

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Being the most striking manifestation of the art of metal structures by which our engineers have shown in Europe, it [the Eiffel Tower] is one of the most striking of our modern national genius. — Gustave Eiffel

Starbase is extremely impressive. There is a lot of bemoaning that we culturally can't build physical things anymore, but this is China Speed and then some. Rows of engines, hangars full of structures, 24/7 shifts -- it is a sight to behold. — John Carmack

The best engineer a few decades ago was someone who could create the most beautiful beam or structure; today it's to do a structure you cannot see or understand how it's done. It disappears and you can talk only about color, symbols, and light. It's an aesthetic of miracle. — Jean Nouvel

Lorenzo de' Medici seeks highly skilled, aesthetically oriented individual to conceive and implement several major public projects. You are a generalist with sound training in structural engineering, synthesis of pigments and Christian iconography. Some climbing involved — Michelangelo

Engineering, like poetry, is an attempt to approach perfection. And engineers, like poets, are seldom completely satisfied with their creations. They notice, even if no one else does, the world that is not quite le mot juste, or the hairline crack that blemishes the structure. — Henry Petroski

Our tax policy is engineered by people who view tax as a means of achieving changes in our social structure. — Ronald Reagan

Knowing there is a structure, hidden or felt, to the random gives pleasure. — Cecil Balmond

Good visual layout shows the logical structure of a program. — Steve McConnell

He who designs an unsafe structure or an inoperative machine is a bad Engineer; he who designs them so that they are safe and operative, but needlessly expensive, is a poor Engineer, and … he who does the best work at the lowest cost sooner or later stands at the top of his profession. — Henry R. Towne

For the record, a mechanical engineer is responsible for how just about anything is built. We make sure any type of structure or vehicle or roadway is strong, safe and will stay together. — Kristan Higgins

Engine Quotes

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I failed in some subjects in exam, but my friend passed in all. Now he is an engineer in Microsoft and I am the owner of Microsoft. — Bill Gates

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. — R. Buckminster Fuller

If we want scientists and engineers in the future, we should be cultivating the girls as much as the boys. — Sally Ride

All of physics is either impossible or trivial. It is impossible until you understand it, and then it becomes trivial. — Ernest Rutherford

A people without a positive history is like a vehicle without an engine. — Steven Biko

Genetic engineering has never been about saving the world, it's about controlling the world. — Vandana Shiva

Most of us were taught that God would love us if and when we change. In fact, God loves you so that you can change. What empowers change, what makes you desirous of change is the experience of love. It is that inherent experience of love that becomes the engine of change. — Richard Rohr

Not only is the Universe stranger than we think, it is stranger than we can think. — Werner Heisenberg

I am opposed to the laying down of rules or conditions to be observed in the construction of bridges lest the progress of improvement tomorrow might be embarrassed or shackled by recording or registering as law the prejudices or errors of today. — Isambard Kingdom Brunel

I don't know why I always liked aerospace engineering. I was in the 10th grade when I figured that's what I wanted to do. — Kalpana Chawla

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More Engineering Quotes

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Engineering quote by Enzo Ferrari

Aerodynamics are for people who can't build engines. — Enzo Ferrari

Engineering quote by Leonardo da Vinci

The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art. — Leonardo da Vinci

Engineering quote by Walter Gropius

Architecture begins where engineering ends. — Walter Gropius

Engineering quote by Henry Royce

Take the best that exists and make it better. — Henry Royce

Engineering quote by Steven Wright

Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines. — Steven Wright

Engineering quote by John Benfield

Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines. — John Benfield

Engineering quote by Donald Knuth

Computers are good at following instructions, but not at reading your mind. — Donald Knuth

Engineering quote by David Parnas

Copy and paste is a design error. — David Parnas

Engineering quote by Niklaus Wirth

Software gets slower faster than hardware gets faster. — Niklaus Wirth

I failed in some subjects in exam, but my friend passed in all. Now he is an engineer in Microsoft and I am the owner of Microsoft. — Bill Gates

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. — R. Buckminster Fuller

If we want scientists and engineers in the future, we should be cultivating the girls as much as the boys. — Sally Ride

All of physics is either impossible or trivial. It is impossible until you understand it, and then it becomes trivial. — Ernest Rutherford

A people without a positive history is like a vehicle without an engine. — Steven Biko

Genetic engineering has never been about saving the world, it's about controlling the world. — Vandana Shiva

Most of us were taught that God would love us if and when we change. In fact, God loves you so that you can change. What empowers change, what makes you desirous of change is the experience of love. It is that inherent experience of love that becomes the engine of change. — Richard Rohr

Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Not only is the Universe stranger than we think, it is stranger than we can think. — Werner Heisenberg

I am opposed to the laying down of rules or conditions to be observed in the construction of bridges lest the progress of improvement tomorrow might be embarrassed or shackled by recording or registering as law the prejudices or errors of today. — Isambard Kingdom Brunel

I don't know why I always liked aerospace engineering. I was in the 10th grade when I figured that's what I wanted to do. — Kalpana Chawla

I am going to design, in a great hurry, and I believe to build a station after my own fancy; that is, with engineering roofs, etc. etc. It is at Paddington, in cutting, and admitting of no exterior, all interior and all roofed in. — Isambard Kingdom Brunel

A lawyer’s either a social engineer or … a parasite on society … A social engineer [is] a highly skilled, perceptive, sensitive lawyer who [understands] the Constitution of the United States and [knows] how to explore its uses in the solving of problems of local communities and in bettering conditions of the underprivileged citizens. — Charles Hamilton Houston

Orchids were not made by an ideal engineer; they are jury-rigged from a limited set of available components. — Stephen Jay Gould

The Analytical Engine has no pretensions whatever to originate anything. It can do whatever we know how to order it to perform. — Ada Lovelace

Better biofuels are a really big deal. That means we can precisely engineer the molecules in the fuel chain and optimize them along the way. So, if all goes well, they're going to have designer bugs in warm vats that are eating and digesting sugars to excrete better biofuels. I guess that's better living through bugs. — John Doerr

If debugging is the process of removing software bugs, then programming must be the process of putting them in. — Edsger Dijkstra

The cloning of humans is on most of the lists of things to worry about from Science, along with behaviour control, genetic engineering, transplanted heads, computer poetry and the unrestrained growth of plastic flowers. — Lewis Thomas

When wireless is fully applied the earth will be converted into a huge brain, capable of response in every one of its parts. — Nikola Tesla

Scientists investigate that which already is; Engineers create that which has never been. — Albert Einstein

The business and design of the Royal Society is: To improve the knowledge of naturall things, and all useful Arts, Manufactures, Mechanic practices, Engines and Inventions by Experiments-(not meddling with Divinity, Metaphysics, Moralls, Politicks, Grammar, Rhetoric or Logick). — Robert Hooke

I was originally supposed to become an engineer but the thought of having to expend my creative energy on things that make practical everyday life even more refined, with a loathsome capital gain as the goal, was unbearable to me. — Albert Einstein

Science is the engine of prosperity. But you'd never know it, listening to some of the politicians. They're lawyers and businessmen, not scientists. Lawyers and businessmen massage wealth; they don't create it. — Michio Kaku

A man from a primitive culture who sees an automobile might guess that it was powered by the wind or by an antelope hidden under the car, but when he opens up the hood and sees the engine he immediately realizes that it was designed. — Michael Behe

I did graduate with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1948. — Daniel J. Evans

Beaver do better work than the Corps of Engineers. — Mike Todd

I was in school studying civil engineering. A guy approached me on the street and said that I had a interesting look-very exotic. He told me I should try to be in the industry. — Thuy Trang

The question of whether computers can think is like the question of whether submarines can swim. — Edsger Dijkstra

This great honor recognizes the history of CRISPR and the collaborative story of harnessing it into a profoundly powerful engineering technology that gives new hope and possibility to our society. What started as a curiosity-driven, fundamental discovery project has now become the breakthrough strategy used by countless researchers working to help improve the human condition. I encourage continued support of fundamental science as well as public discourse about the ethical uses and responsible regulation of CRISPR technology. — Jennifer Doudna

The field of CRISPR-Cas biology and engineering continues to evolve at a rapid pace, with great new developments emerging almost every week. The technology continues to evolve as well, with many new discoveries in basic biological research, with large-scale medical and biotechnology applications to come in the future. — Emmanuelle Charpentier

I strongly support the Bush Administration's clean diesel rules, which will reduce air pollution from diesel engines by more than 90 percent, and reduce the sulfur content of diesel fuel by more than 95 percent. — Steve Buyer

Our psyche needs hope to survive the way a fish needs water. Hope is the fuel for our mental engine. — Mark Manson

The technical side of Ethereum's efficacy is 100% an engineering exercise. — Vitalik Buterin

Strive for perfection in everything you do. — Henry Royce

I think that the most beautiful thing lately hasn't been in hardware or software per se but collaboration - the idea behind Napster, which uses the distributed power of the Internet as its engine. — Steven Levy

Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine. — Elvis Presley

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Engineer quotes often emphasize the practicality and functionality of an engineer's work. They celebrate the engineer's ability to bring ideas to life through their technical skills and expertise. These quotes also recognize the engineer's dedication and determination in overcoming challenges and finding innovative solutions. They showcase the engineer's passion for creating, improving, and making a positive difference in the world. Engineer quotes serve as reminders to persevere, think critically, and embrace the ever-evolving nature of engineering.

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