EWeek – Quotes for Engineers

EWeek – I have come across, and saved, a number of quotes some from noted engineers others just about the drive to innovate and create. I am sharing some of those with you below:

  1. “Engineering is the professional art of applying science to the optimum conversion of natural resources to the benefit of man.” —Ralph J. Smith, Electrical Engineer
  2. “Innovation makes the world go round. It brings prosperity and freedom.” – Robert Metcalfe
  3. “Scientists dream about doing great things. Engineers do them.” —James A. Michener, Author
  4. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison
  5. “Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.” —Albert Einstein, Inventor and Physicist
  6. “The way to succeed is to double your failure rate.” – Thomas J. Watson
  7. “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
  8. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
  9. “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, Mechanical Engineer and Educator
  10. “Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.” – Elon Musk
  11. “When you want to know how things really work, study them when they’re coming apart.” ― William Gibson, Novelist
  12. “A little progress each day adds up to big results.”
  13. “A scientist can discover a new star but he cannot make one. He would have to ask an engineer to do it for him.” ― Gordon Lindsay Glegg, Engineer
  14. “Innovation is seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.” – Dr. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
  15. “Science can amuse and fascinate us all, but it is engineering that changes the world.” ― Isaac Asimov, Author
  16. “Engineering is achieving function while avoiding failure.” —Henry Petroski, Engineer
  17. “For the future, primarily, we must educate people in science, engineering, technology and math.” —Buzz Aldrin, Engineer and Astronomer
  18. “An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.” – Dr. Edwin Land
  19. “When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.” – Elon Musk
  20. “Scientists investigate that which already is – engineers create that which has never been.” – Albert Einstein


  1. Quotations from Notable Engineers

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