Engineering & Science Notable Quote Archive #13

Notable Tech Quotes - RF CafeThe number of statements uttered verbally and/or in print is uncountable. Some are more noteworthy than others either because of sheer brilliance, good humor, or utter inanity. We all hope our own remembered words, if any, fall into one of the first two categories rather than the third. I do a lot of reading and find many notable quotes to use that fit the theme of RF Cafe; they fall into all three categories. I always try to verify quotes from original sources or at least from printed books like The Experts Speak, of which I own a hard copy. Enjoy.

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  • "A lot of companies look for people with tons of theory in their head. I like to find engineers with soldering iron burns on their fingers." - Alan Dewey, WB9JTK, JTK Communications


  • "Video won't be able to hold onto any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night." - Darryl Zanuck, 20th Century Fox Studios, c.1946


  • "The main purpose of a PowerPoint presentation is entertainment. Intellectual content is an unwarranted distraction. In preparing a PowerPoint presentation, aesthetics should transcend substance." - A Day in the Life of a Doctor: The PowerPoint Presentation


  • "I reject your reality and substitute my own!" - Adam Savage, MythBusters


  • "The sooner you fall behind, the more time you will have to catch up." - Anon

    2-28-2008 (9/6/2018)

  • "The reciprocating piston engine is as dead as a dodo." - Sports Illustrated, re superiority of the Wankel rotary engine, 1969

    4-29-2022       2-23-2008

  • "If the motion of the earth were circular, it would be violent and contrary to nature, and could not be eternal, since nothing violent is eternal. It follows, therefore, that the earth is not moved with a circular motion." - St. Thomas Aquinas, philosopher, 1270 AD


  • "Transistors are the fluke of nature. They get faster when they get smaller, but nothing else does." IBM Fellow Dan Edelstein


  • "As the ship turns over, the crew tends to hang on more tightly rather than bailing out." - Anon


  • "So much for computers. So much for CAD. I prefer to admit the reality of computer-hindered design." - Bob Pease, National Semi's ardent champion of the pencil and paper simulation method


  • "If you have five fighter pilots working for you, you can run any company." - Robert "Babaloo" Richard, EE, USAF test pilot & consultant


  • "There were three reasons why we survived. We had no money, we had no technology, and we had no plan. Every dollar we used very carefully." - Jack Ma, founder of


  • "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!" - Benjamin Franklin


  • "In the global economy there are but two choices: innovate or evaporate." - Norm Augustine, CEO Lockheed Martin, ret.

    3/17/2022, 8/15/2019, 12-25-2007

  • "A hen is only an egg's way of making other eggs" - Samuel Butler


  • "A website's primary allegiance can be determined by whether or not it forces visitors to endure a full-page advertisement they do not want to see, prior to permitting them to see what they came to see." - Kirt Blattenberger, RF Cafe webmaster


  • "We'd like to thank you in 140 characters or less. And we just did." - Twitter's Jack Dorsey's speech at the SXSW Web Awards (they limit posts to 140 characters)


  • "Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake every time you repeat it." - Anon


  • "No partial credit! Get wrong answer, bridge fall down!" - former calculus prof of ED's Joe Desposito (re I-35W bridge in MN)

    7/21/2022, 11-20-2007

  • "...And, of course, we can't change Boltzmann's Constant because Professor Boltzmann is dead." - James Bryant, Analog Devices


  • "Stress is just another word for knowledge." - Ratbert


  • "In the fields of observation, chance favors only the prepared mind." - Louis Pasteur


  • "Learning to not do what the pointy-haired boss [in Dilbert] does is a pretty fair way to learn ethics." - Bob Pease, National Semi


  • "Fools you are... who say you like to learn from your mistakes... I prefer to learn from the mistakes of others, and avoid the cost of my own." - Otto von Bismarck


  • "We just don't have the number of analog engineers we need [here in the U.S.]" - Gerald Smith, CEO of Analog Design Consortium


  • "Imagination is more important than knowledge" - Albert Einstein


  • "Those who give themselves to ready and rapid practice before they have learned the theory, resemble sailors who go to sea in a vessel without a rudder" -  Leonardo Da Vinci