Quotes Collected by Ken Knowlton


A common mistake people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
     — Douglas Adams

Intelligence ... is the faculty of making artificial objects, especially tools to make tools.
     — Henri Bergson

An inventor is a person who makes an ingenious arrangement of wheels, levers and springs, and believes it civilization.
     — Ambrose Bierce

Improvement makes straight roads; but the crooked roads without improvement are roads of genius.
     — William Blake

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
     — Thomas Edison

In my lifetime I have seen wrought five miracles namely, 1. the Steamboat; 2. the Railroad; 3. the Electric Telegraph; 4. the application of the spectroscope to Astronomy; 5. the Photograph.
     — Ralph Waldo Emerson

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.
     — Albert Einstein

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.
     — Richard Feynman

Technology is the knack of so arranging the world that we need not experience it.
     — Max Frisch

Problems worthy of attack / Prove their worth by hitting back.
     — Piet Hein

Every tool carries with it the spirit by which it has been created.
     — Werner Karl Heisenberg

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