Engineering & Science Notable Quote Archive #6

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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  • "Never give in -- never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy." - Sir Winston Churchill
  • "No one has a finer command of language than the person who keeps his mouth shut." - Sam Rayburn
  • "If the U.S. government did that, you'd have to add six zeros to the right." - John Hamre talking about the cost of SpaceShipOne's X-Prize flight
  • "Do I dare disturb the universe? In a minute there is time for decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse." - J. Alfred Prufrock
  • "If it wasn't for the last minute, much wouldn't get done." - Anon
  • "Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes, Art is knowing which ones to keep." - Scott Adams
  • "You have to understand what it is that you are better at than anyone else and mercilessly focus your efforts on it." - Andrew Grove, Chairman, Intel
  • When traveling by plane, always take a stamped, padded envelope in your carry-on luggage to mail home a forgotten pocket knife, nail clipper or other "dangerous" item. - Bob Pease, National Semi
  • "Since light travels faster than the speed of sound, is that why some people appear bright until you speak to them?" - Steven Wright


  • "Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied." - Otto von Bismarck


  • "Live every day like it's your last, 'cause one day you're gonna be right." - Ray Charles
  • "Excellence demands competition. Without a race there can be no champion, no records broken, no excellence--in education or in any other walk of life." - Ronald Reagan
  • "Reportedly, so many N. Korean missile scientists are in Iran today that a beach resort was built for them." - IEEE Spectrum
  • "As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality." - Albert Einstein
  • "In 4 million years your feet will look like shoes. Until then you have to buy them." - Gert Boyle, Columbia Sportswear
  • "Old radar men never die - their echoes only fade away in accordance with the inverse square law" - The Radar Pages website
  • "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "If it hasn't been tested, it doesn't work." - Charlie Potter, Agilent Technologies


  • "The first 90 percent of the code accounts for the first 90 percent of the development time...The remaining 10 percent of the code accounts for the other 90 percent of the development time." - Tom Cargill
  • "Programming today is the opposite of diamond mining. In diamond mining you dig up a lot of dirt to find a small bit of value. With programming you start with the value, the real intention, and bury it in a bunch of dirt." - Charles Simonyi, inventor of WYSIWYG
  • "Chemistry is a trade for people without enough imagination to be physicists."

    - Arthur C. Clarke

  • "We make more margin today that we did 4 or 5 years ago. I'd rather spend my time trying to figure out how to increase the value of a chip by 50ยข than trying to reduce cost." - Bob Swanson, Linear Technology


  • "It's like a gold rush town here. You can't get a hotel room. There are headhunters outside the office complexes, waiting to jump designers when they leave work." - Werner Goertz, VP Wipro Technologies in Bangalore, India, March 2004