A Couple of Quotes from the World of Engineering

I’ve found myself with quite the compendium of humorous and insightful quotes from the world of engineering. Be they ones I’ve found on clients web pages or on candidate’s social media profiles, there seems to be a wealth of dry wit,  intelligence and downright cockiness out there! I figured, why not share some of my favourites? So I’ve compiled ten of the better ones below. Enjoy.

  • “At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.” -Tom Gibb
  • “To an optimist, the glass is half-full. To the pessimist, it is half-empty. To the engineer, it has a safety factor of two.” -Anon.
  • “Scientists investigate that which already is; engineers create that which has never been.” -Albert Einstein
  • “The Navy’s rules for maintenance are: ‘If it moves, grease it. If it doesn’t, paint it.’ That’s for advanced seamen – for the less advanced ones, there’s only one rule: ‘Paint it, and if the paint comes off, grease it.” – American Navy Saying.
  • “No one has ever had an idea in a dress suit.” -Sir Frederick Banting
  • “Printing, gunpowder and the compass: These three have changed the whole face and state of things throughout the world; the first in literature, the second in warfare, the third in navigation; whence have followed innumerable changes, in so much that no empire, no sect, no star seems to have exerted greater power and influence in human affairs than these mechanical discoveries.” -Francis Bacon
  • “Engineers are not boring people. We just get excited about boring things.” – Anon.
  • Now we can say an engineer’s two favorite words: “good enough.” – G. Thorncroft
  • “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” -Leonardo Da Vinci
  • “Aerodynamics is for people who don’t know how to make engines.” -Enzo Ferrari

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About the Author: David Phelan is Engineering and Supply Chain consultant at Life Science Recruitment.

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