Engineer Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old engineer quotes, engineer sayings, and engineer proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Engineers like to solve problems. If there are no problems handily available, they will create their own problems.     

Scott Adams

The engineer performs many public functions from which he gets only philosophical satisfactions. Most people do not know it, but he is an economic and social force.     

Herbert Hoover

The engineer, and more generally the designer, is concerned with how things ought to be how they ought to be in order to attain goals, and to function.     

Herbert Simon

To an engineer, good enough means perfect. With an artist, there's no such thing as perfect.     

Alexander Calder

Engineers participate in the activities which make the resources of nature available in a form beneficial to man and provide systems which will perform optimally and economically.     

L. M. K. Boelter

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

A good engineer gets stale very fast if he doesn't keep his hands dirty.     

Wernher von Braun

As an engineer, you learn there is a solution to every problem. It may take you a while, but eventually you're going to find it.     

Tony Cardenas

A good engineer thinks in reverse and asks himself about the stylistic consequences of the components and systems he proposes.     

Helmut Jahn

When an engineer has built a bridge, the fact that a cat can pass over the bridge is no proof that the bridge is good. A train must pass over it to prove its strength.     

Richard Wurmbrand

Engineers are all basically high-functioning autistics who have no idea how normal people do stuff.     

Cory Doctorow

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

To the engineer falls the job of clothing the bare bones of science with life, comfort, and hope.     

Herbert Hoover

The Engineer is one who, in the world of physics and applied sciences, begets new things, or adapts old things to new and better uses; above all, one who, in that field, attains new results in the best way and at lowest cost.     

Henry R. Towne