Machine Sayings and Quotes

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

For the machine, because of the way it is built, can work only in a given direction, no matter who pulls its levers.     

Rudolf Rocker

No machines will ever truly fully figure the brain out, because the brain's performance is constantly altered or else constrained by this inanimate, rogue artifact you can't control, namely, speech.     

Tom Wolfe

Machines were mice and men were lions once upon a time. But now that it's the opposite it's twice upon a time.     


Machines were, it may be said, the weapon employed by the capitalists to quell the revolt of specialized labor.     

Karl Marx

The arithmetical machine produces effects that approach nearer to thought than all the actions of animals. But it does nothing that would enable us to attribute will to it, as to the animals.     

Blaise Pascal

A learning machine is any device whose actions are influenced by past experience.     

Nils John Nilsson

Machines are worshipped because they are beautiful and valued because they confer power; they are hated because they are hideous and loathed because they impose slavery.     

Bertrand Russell

The machine enslaves, the hand sets free.     

Lanza del Vasto

Machines are neither Republicans nor Democrats and therefore can never be consciously or even unconsciously biased,     

James Baker

The first ultraintelligent machine is the last invention that man need ever make, provided that the machine is docile enough to tell us how to keep it under control.     

Nick Bostrom

Our machines are disturbingly lively, and we ourselves frighteningly inert.     

Donna J. Haraway

How typical of a machine to think it knows better.     

Vasileios Kalampakas

Only a well-oiled machine runs smoothly.     

Ron Kaufman

Machines have altered our way of life, but not our instincts. Consequently, there is maladjustment.     

Bertrand Russell

It is the duty of machines and those who design them to understand people. It is not our duty to understand the arbitrary, meaningless dictates of machines.     

Donald A. Norman

As machines take over the decision-making that saves lives, we are left with fewer chances to save lives later.     

Greg Gutfeld

Machines can only find what ignorant men have programmed them to find.     

Poul Anderson

The machine does not control the mind of man, though it affects the mind of man; it is the mind of man that can and should control the machine.     

Hilaire Belloc

Our technology, our machines, is part of our humanity. We created them to extend ourselves, and that is what is unique about human beings.     

Ray Kurzweil

If a machine is expected to be infallible, it cannot also be intelligent.     

Alan Turing

If you want a machine to be able to interact with people, it better not do things that are surprising to people.     

Rodney Brooks

The machine does not isolate man from the great problems of nature but plunges him more deeply into them.     

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

To curb the machine and limit art to handicraft is a denial of opportunity.     

Lewis Mumford

The machines men are so intent on making have carried them very far from the old sweet things.     

Sherwood Anderson

No machine can wind a better sounding or tighter wind than a well trained person,     

Leo Fender

Machines need to talk easily to one another in order to better serve people.     

Nicholas Negroponte

Machines deprive us of two things which are certainly important ingredients of human happiness, namely, spontaneity and variety.     

Bertrand Russell

When a machine begins to run without human aid, it is time to scrap it - whether it be a factory or a government.     

Alexander Chase

You cannot endow even the best machine with initiative; the jolliest steam-roller will not plant flowers.     

Walter Lippmann

Machines were devised not to do a man out of a job, but to take the heavy labor from man's back and place it on the broad back of the machine.     

Henry Ford