The engineering is secondary to the vision.
—Cynthia Ozick (b.1928) American Novelist, Short-story Writer, Essayist
In free society art is not a weapon. Artists are not engineers of the soul.
—John F. Kennedy (1917–63) American Head of State, Journalist
Business is not just doing deals; business is having great products, doing great engineering, and providing tremendous service to customers. Finally, business is a cobweb of human relationships.
—Ross Perot (1930–2019) American Businessman
The cloning of humans is on most of the lists of things to worry about from science, along with behavior control, genetic engineering, transplanted heads, computer poetry and the unrestrained growth of plastic flowers.
The machine unmakes the man. Now that the machine is so perfect, the engineer is nobody.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82) American Philosopher
The graduate with a Science degree asks: “Why does it work?” The graduate with an Engineering degree asks: “How does it work?” The graduate with an Accounting degree asks: “How much will it cost?” The graduate with a Liberal Arts degree asks: “Do you want fries with that?”.
Engineer: a person who knows a great deal about very little and who goes along knowing more and more about less and less, until finally he knows practically everything about nothing.
A man with a talent does what is expected of him, makes his way, constructs, is an engineer, a composer, a builder of bridges. It’s the natural order of things that he construct objects outside himself and his family. The woman who does so is aberrant. We have to expiate for this cursed talent someone handed out to us, by mistake, in the black mystery of genetics.
—May Sarton (1912–95) American Children’s Books Writer, Poet, Novelist
For ‘Tis the sport to have the engineer hoisted with his own petard.
—William Shakespeare (1564–1616) British Playwright
A good scientist is a person with original ideas. A good engineer is a person who makes a design that works with as few original ideas as possible. There are no prima donnas in engineering.
—Freeman Dyson (1923–2020) American Theoretical Physicist, Author
One man’s “magic” is another man’s engineering. “Supernatural” is a null word.
—Robert A. Heinlein (1907–88) American Science Fiction Writer