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Fountain of Wisdom: Engineers
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Americans' favorite inspirational, motivational funny sayings, phrases and quotes from engineers and others in related engineering professions from all over the U.S.

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Ignorance is like dirt…it got all over everyone when we were created. Thank God some of us learned how to bathe!
Ignorance unto itself is not dangerous. Being unaware of one's ignorance is.
Ignore that man behind the curtain!
I'll be the judge of that.
I'll get to it later.
I'm fine as frog hair.
I'm here to put you back on schedule.
I'm not compulsive. I just like everything to be perfect!
I'm not old. I'm experienced.
I'm not trying to change the world. I'm just trying to keep the world from changing me.
In matters of principle, stand like a rock. ---Thomas Jefferson
In the immortal words of Einstein, "I said what?"
Inch by inch is a cinch. Yard by yard, and it's very hard.
Intelligence is potential, knowledge is power, and wisdom is divine.
Invest your life in the things that last.
Is it because light travels faster than sound that most people appear smart, until they speak?
Is it Friday yet?
  Is it movement or is it action? Is it contact or just reaction? Revolution or just resistance? Is it living or just existence? It takes a little more persistence, to get up and go the distance.
  "It does not take sharp eyes to see the sun and the moon, nor does it take sharp ears to hear the thunder clap. Wisdom is not obvious. You must see the subtle and notice the hidden to be victorious." --- Sun Szu
It doesn't matter what you do. As long as you do it better than anyone else, you'll be successful.
It is better to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.
It is better to have lived than not to have lived at all.
"It is hard to beat a person who never gives up." --- Babe Ruth
It is impossible to overestimate the unimportance of most things in our lives.
It is necessary to know where we come from, in order to know where we are going.
It is only by exceeding one's limits that a person can define them.
It is the fool who thinks he's wise, but the wise man knows he's a fool.
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."
--- Aristotle
It isn't that life is so short. It's just that you're dead for so long!
It may be your sole purpose in life is to simply serve as a warning to others.
It takes more than 8 seconds to have a good ride.
It was not into your ear that I whispered, but into your heart. It was not into your eyes that I gazed, but into your soul.
It was working fine until you fixed it!
It's a dog-eat-dog world, and sometimes I feel like I'm wearing Milk Bone boxer shorts.
It's a hardware glitch. We don't make miostakes.
It's but a flesh wound!
It's just another day that ends in y.
It's never too late to learn.
It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.
It's not a six pack. It's a support group!
It's not how far you fall, but how high you bounce back.
It's not the fall but the sudden stop that hurts you.
It's only a model.
It's the little things that mean the most. Dynamite comes in small packages.
I've been called worse by better!
I've got five on it.
Just because something is a fact does not make it right.
Just when you think you have everything foolproof, you find a really talented fool.
Keep your spokes tight!
Laugh, and the world laughs with you. Cry, and you get a runny nose.
Lay down with dogs, and you might get up with fleas!
Leave well enough alone.
Let your conscience be your guide.
Let's get started.
Life doesn't start get interesting until you least expect it.
Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.
"Life is a comedy to those who think, and a tragedy to those who feel." --- Horace Walpole, 1776
Life is a game. Some people just don't play by the same rules.
Life is a stage you walk across only once. STRUT!
Life is a test. So far, I'm still reviewing for it.
Life is just getting better.
Life is like a circus. Try not to be the clown.
Life is like a roll of toilet paper. It's only so long, and can only be used once.
Life is like a roller coaster... ups and downs, but always worth trying.
"Life is short, but of everlasting value. It contains the seed of eternity". ---St. Francis de Sales
Life is too short to get hung up on details.
"Life is under no obligation to give us what we expect (or want)." --- Margaret Mitchell
Life is what happens while you're making other plans.
Life is what you make it.
Life without knowledge is death in disguise!
Life's tough, but it's tougher if you're stupid.
Lighten up. Happiness is a brisk walk away from sadness.
Live for today. Save for tomorrow!
Live your life so that you wouldn't be afraid to give your parrot to the town gossip.
"Living on the edge is perilous, but the view more than compensates." --- Cassettari
Look before you put your car in gear!
Love is truly a friendship...that's on FIRE!
Make no small plans. They have no magic to stir the soul.
"Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on." --- Winston Churchill
"Many people know who you may appear to be, but few sense who you really are." --- Machiavelli
Many things in this world are opened by mistake, but none so many as the mouth.
Marriage has a way of making you want your rib back.
"Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution." --- Mae West
Marriage is like a vaccination...after a few, one should work.
May the Great Spirit watch over you, as long as the grass grows and the water flows.
Memories are the markers of the journey through life.
Minds are like parachutes. They only function when open.
Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions.
Never forget where you came from. One day, you may just be that person holding a sign on the street.
Never get your honey where you get your money.
Never met a meal I didn't like.
"Never pass up the chance to 'shut up'." ---Mark Twain
Never play leap frog with a unicorn.
Never retreat.
Never say die!
Never settle for anything less than the best.
Never shoot your pack horse.
Never stop learning.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.
Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.
Never underestimate the power of stupid people...period.
No I'm not crazy, but I am a carrier!
"No man is free until he conquers himself." --- Thomas O'Shaughnessy
No matter how bad today is...the sun will come up tomorrow.
No one dies a virgin. Life screws us all.
No one is perfect, until you fall in love with them.
No two things are more precious in life than good health and true love.
None of the secrets of success will work, unless you do.
Normal people worry me.
Not every one can learn from other peoples' mistakes. Some of us have to be the other people.
Not everything that glitters is gold.
Not the brightest crayon in the box, are we?
Nothing is more rewarding than watching someone who says it can't be done... get interrupted by someone already doing it.
Now is the time to live your ideals.

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