We’ve scoured the internet to bring together this awesome collection of engineering quotes from around the world. The following are some of our favorite quotes from within the science and engineering community.
“Engineers are not superhuman. They make mistakes in their assumptions, in their calculations, in their conclusions. That they make mistakes is forgivable; that they catch them is imperative. Thus it is the essence of modern engineering not only to be able to check one’s own work but also to have one’s work checked and to be able to check the work of others.” – Henry Petroski, Engineer.
“Scientists investigate that which already is; Engineers create that which has never been.” – Albert Einstein, Physicist.
“Engineers like to solve problems. If there are no problems handily available, they will create their own problems.” – Scott Adams, Cartoonist.
“Scientists dream about doing great things. Engineers do them.” – James Michener, Novelist.
“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, Engineer.
“A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.” – Douglas Adams, Author.
“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, Author.
“Engineering is the art of modelling materials we do not wholly understand, into shapes we cannot precisely analyse so as to withstand forces we cannot properly assess, in such a way that the public has no reason to suspect the extent of our ignorance.” – Dr. AR Dykes, Engineer.
“The great liability of the engineer compared to men of other professions is that his works are out in the open where all can see them. His acts, step by step, are in hard substance. He cannot bury his mistakes in the grave like the doctors. He cannot argue them into thin air or blame the judge like the lawyers. He cannot, like the architects, cover his failures with trees and vines. He cannot, like the politicians, screen his shortcomings by blaming his opponents and hope that the people will forget. The engineer simply cannot deny that he did it. If his works do not work, he is damned.” – Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States