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25 Engineering Quotes to Motivate Engineers

Updated: Jul 10, 2020

We all need a little motivation sometimes. Engineers in particular do so much work that requires a lot of focus and it can hard to get motivated to start. We all know that once you start though you can go on quite the roller coaster and get deep into your work.

That’s why it is extremely important to just start. Once you start you can keep it going, so you might just need help getting started. I like motivational quotes but if they are sourced from real engineers or those giants in the industry it even more inspiring.

So here’s 25 Famous Engineering Quotes to help you get motivated today!


“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” -Aristotle


“Give me a long enough lever and a fulcrum on which to place it and I will move the earth.” -Archimedes of Syracuse


“I don’t care that they stole my idea… I care that they don’t have any of their own.” -Nikola Tesla


“Nothing is too wonderful to be true if it consistent with the laws of nature.” -Michael Faraday


“When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.” -Elon Musk


“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” -Bill Gates


“Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.” -Henry Ford


“It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill.” -Wilbur Wright


“I have always felt it is my destiny to build a machine that would allow man to fly.” -Leonardo da Vinci


“I guess we all like to be recognized not for one piece of fireworks, but for the ledger of our daily work.” -Neil Armstrong


“Scientists investigate that which already is; engineers create that which has never been.” -Albert Einstein


“If you double the number of experiments you do per year you’re going to double your inventiveness.” -Jeff Bezos


“I can think of nothing else than this machine.” -James Watt


“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” -Alexander Grahambell


“My goal wasn’t to make a ton of money. It was to build good computers.” -Steve Wozniak


“It is important to follow your dreams and heart. Do something that excites you. -Sundar Pichai


“Anticipating problems and figuring out how to solve them is actually the opposite of worrying: it’s productive.” -Chris Hadfield


“Always be open to advice from others, but what matters most is who you want to be, not merely what you want to do.” -Buzz Aldrin


“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough we must apply. Being willing is not enough we must do.” -Leonardo da Vinci


Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” -Henry Ford


“Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.” -Elon Musk


“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” -Aristotle


“Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon. July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all of mankind.” -Neil Armstrong


“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” -Nikola Tesla


It is important to heed the lessons of failure. As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” - Bill Gates

There you have it! 25 top engineering quotes to get motivated with all your endeavours.

Now, you may think, this is great and all but the motivation I feel will likely fade away in a few hours, and it probably is.


If you are someone who struggles with staying motivated see our next article on How taking notes can spark Engineering Inspiration.

For those of you who love famous engineering quotes and want to keep a physical copy with you consider if an engineering quotes notebook is best for you. We take these famous engineering quotes and put it on the cover of a technical engineers 100 page notebook.

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