40+ Best Engineering Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Engineer is a person whose job is to design or build machines, engines, or electrical equipment, or things such as roads, railways, or bridges, using scientific principles Profoundly inspirational engineering quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

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Famous Engineering Quotes

Engineers like to solve problems. If there are no problems handily available, they will create their own problems. Scott Adams

As engineers, we were going to be in a position to change the world – not just study it. Henry Petroski

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The scientist discovers a new type of material or energy and the engineer discovers a new use for it. Gordon Lindsay Glegg

The problem in this business isn’t to keep people from stealing your ideas; it’s making them steal your ideas! Howard Aiken

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Math is my Passion. Engineering is my Profession. Wilfred James Dolor

This job is a great scientific adventure. But it’s also a great human adventure. Fabiola Gianotti

Any idiot can build a bridge that stands, but it takes an engineer to build a bridge that barely stands. Unknown

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

Science can amuse and fascinate us all, but it is engineering that changes the world. Isaac Asimov

The fewer moving parts, the better. Exactly. No truer words were ever spoken in the context of engineering. Christian Cantrell

When you want to know how things really work, study them when they’re coming apart. William Gibson

The engineer has been, and is, a maker of history. James Kip Finch

I’ve never seen a job being done by a five-hundred-person engineering team that couldn’t be done better by fifty people. C. Gordon Bell

A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. Douglas Adams

Scientists study the world as it is; engineers create the world that has never been. Theodore von Karman

Strive for perfection in everything you do. Take the best that exists and make it better. When it does not exist, design it. Sir Henry Royce

Normal people believe that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Engineers believe that if it ain’t broke, it doesn’t have enough features yet. Scott Adams

Engineering is not only study of 45 subjects but it is moral studies of intellectual life. Prakhar Srivastav

The way to succeed is to double your failure rate. Thomas J. Watson

First rule of engineering; beware prototypes. Along with, avoid anything made by an engineer who doesn’t have all his own fingers. Simon R. Green

The trick to having good ideas is not to sit around in glorious isolation and try to think big thoughts. The trick is to get more parts on the table. Steven Johnson

[John] Kobak explained, ‘The way you learn anything is that something fails, and you figure out how not to have it fail again. Robert S. Arrighi

Manufacturing is more than just putting parts together. It’s coming up with ideas, testing principles and perfecting the engineering as well as final assembly. James Dyson

Amazing Engineering Quotes

We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems. Lee Iacocca

It is hardly surprising that the malodorous field of garbology has not attained the popularity of rocket science, oil exploration, or brain surgery. Hans Y. Tammemagi

Projects we have completed demonstrate what we know – future projects decide what we will learn. Dr. Mohsin Tiwana

I don’t spend my time pontificating about high-concept things; I spend my time solving engineering and manufacturing problems. Elon Musk

A good scientist is a person with original ideas. A good engineer is a person who makes a design that works with as few ideas as possible. There are no prima donnas in engineering. Freeman Dyson

The ideal engineer is a composite … He is not a scientist, he is not a mathematician, he is not a sociologist or a writer; but he may use the knowledge and techniques of any or all of these disciplines in solving engineering problems. Nathan W. Dougherty

To the optimist, the glass is half full. To the pessimist, the glass is half empty. To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be. Unknown

There’s nothing I believe in more strongly than getting young people interested in science and engineering, for a better tomorrow, for all humankind. Bill Nye

But remember this, Japanese boy… airplanes are not tools for war. They are not for making money. Airplanes are beautiful dreams. Engineers turn dreams into reality. Hayao Miyazaki

What we usually consider as impossible are simply engineering problems… there’s no law of physics preventing them. Michio Kaku

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