Engineering Quotes

Inventing is the mixing of brains and materials. The more brains you use, the less materials you need.

Charles F. Kettering

Scientists dream about doing great things. Engineers do them.

James A. Michener

Architecture begins where engineering ends.

Walter Gropius

Engineering is the professional art of applying science to the optimum conversion of natural resources to the benefit of man.

Ralph J. Smith

Engineering is the professional and systematic application of science to the efficient utilization of natural resources to produce wealth.

T. J. Hoover and J. C. L. Fish

Engineering is the art of directing the great sources of power in nature for the use and convenience of man.

Tredgold

The joy of engineering is to find a straight line on a double logarithmic diagram.

Thomas Koenig

Engineering problems are under-defined, there are many solutions, good, bad and indifferent. The art is to arrive at a good solution. This is a creative activity, involving imagination, intuition and deliberate choice.

Ove Arup

When engineers and quantity surveyors discuss aesthetics and architects study what cranes do we are on the right road.

Ove Arup

The great tragedy of science - the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.

Thomas H. Huxley

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.

N. W. Dougherty

This is not the age of pamphleteers. It is the age of engineers. The spark-gap is mightier than the pen. Democracy will not be salvaged by men who talk fluently, debate forcefully and quote aptly.

Lancelot Hogben

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

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

Engineering refers to the practice of organizing the design and construction [and, I would add operation] of any artifice which transforms the physical world around us to meet some recognized need.

GFC Rogers

Engineers ... are not mere technicians and should not approve or lend their name to any project that does not promise to be beneficent to man and the advancement of civilization.

John Fowler

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

Douglas Adams

Engineers … are not mere technicians and should not approve or lend their name to any project that does not promise to be beneficent to man and the advancement of civilization

John Fowler

Nothing can be of great worth or holy which is the work of builders and mechanics.

Zeno

Nothing is so inspiring as seeing big works well laid out and planned and a real engineering organisation.

Frederick Handley Page

One has to watch out for engineers – they begin with the sewing machine and end up with the atomic bomb.

Marcel Pagnol

There can be little doubt that in many ways the story of bridge building is the story of civilisation. By it we can readily measure an important part of a people’s progress.

Franklin D Roosevelt

Therefore O students study mathematics and do not build without foundations.

Leonardo Da Vinci

It takes an engineer to undertake the training of an engineer and not, as often happens, a theoretical engineer who is clever on a blackboard with mathematical formulae but useless as far as production is concerned.

The Rev EB Evans

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Updated On : January 08, 2011
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