Quotes About Technology

Tech Quotes

Tech Quotes


This is our attempt to produce the ultimate list of popular technology quotes and sayings. It includes inspirational and popular technology quotes from famous people throughout history.

We include popular quotes from tech giants such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Albert Einstein and all the way through to writers such as Oscar Wilde and Douglas Adams. Some quotations are great for inspiration, others are just funny. We have tried to cover it all.

We are always looking to bring art and technology together. This article is the first of two articles with key quotations. So, make sure that you also see “Quotes about Art”.

 

Famous Technology quotes

“Men are only as good as their technical development allows them to be.” (George Orwell)

“The poem is a form of texting… it’s the original text. It’s a perfecting of a feeling in language – it’s a way of saying more with less, just as texting is.” (Carol Ann Duffy)

“We’ve arranged a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology.” (Carl Sagan)

Tech quotes by Steve Jobs

“What a computer is to me is the most remarkable tool that we have ever come up with. It’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.” (Steve Jobs)

“We think basically you watch television to turn your brain off, and you work on your computer when you want to turn your brain on.” (Steve Jobs)

“What’s new is this amazingly efficient distribution system for stolen property called the Internet – and no one’s gonna shut down the Internet.” (Steve Jobs)

Technology quotes by Bill Gates

“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.” (Bill Gates)

“I’m a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they’re interested in.” (Bill Gates)

“I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we’ve ever created. They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.” (Bill Gates)

“The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.” (Bill Gates)

Technology quotes by Albert Einstein

“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.” (Albert Einstein)

“All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.” (Albert Einstein)

Technology quotes by Douglas Adams

“A computer terminal is not some clunky old television with a typewriter in front of it. It is an interface where the mind and body can connect with the universe and move bits of it about.” (Douglas Adams)

“The biggest problem encountered, while trying to design a system that was completely foolproof, was that people tended to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.” (Douglas Adams)

Technology quotes by Oscar Wilde

“The typewriting machine, when played with expression, is no more annoying than the piano when played by a sister or near relation.” (Oscar Wilde)

 

Technology quotes – Funny

“Technology frightens me to death. It’s designed by engineers to impress other engineers. And they always come with instruction booklets that are written by engineers for other engineers – which is why almost no technology ever works.” (John Cleese)

“Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program winning the world chess championship. Humanity needs a lesson in humility.” (Richard Dawkins)

“The thing with high-tech is that you always end up using scissors.” (David Hockney)

“Hardware: the parts of a computer that can be kicked.” (Jeff Pesis)

“Do you realize if it weren’t for Edison we’d be watching TV by candlelight?” (Al Boliska)

 

Technology quotes – Negative

“I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We’ve created life in our own image.” (Stephen Hawking)

“Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.” (Gertrude Stein)

 

Technology quotes from Books

1984

“It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself – anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face (to look incredulous when a victory was announced, for example) was itself a punishable offense. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime, it was called.” (George Orwell)

“Winston kept his back turned to the telescreen. It was safer, though, as he well knew, even a back can be revealing.” (George Orwell)

Frankenstein

“My father was not scientific, and I was left to struggle with a child’s blindness, added to a student’s thirst for knowledge.” (Mary Shelley)

“Besides, I had a contempt for the uses of modern natural philosophy. It was very different when the masters of the science sought immortality and power; such views, although futile, were grand; but now the scene was changed. The ambition of the inquirer seemed to limit itself to the annihilation of those visions on which my interest in science was chiefly founded. I was required to exchange chimeras of boundless grandeur for realities of little worth.” (Mary Shelley)

Farenheit 451

“He took Montag quickly into the bedroom and lifted a picture frame aside, revealing a television screen the size of a postal card. “I always wanted something very small, something I could talk to, something I could blot out with the palm of my hand, if necessary, nothing that could shout me down, nothing monstrous big.” (Ray Bradbury)

Brave New World

“Yes, and civilization is sterilization.” (Aldous Huxley)

“We can’t allow science to undo its own good work.” (Aldous Huxley)

 

Also check out our article listing Quotes about Art.

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