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A collection of quotes and sayings by Isambard Kingdom Brunel on errors, engineering, science, design, truth, hero, belief, war, bridges, and law.

5 Great Quotes By Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Famous As: Civil Engineer
Born On: April 9, 1806
Died On: September 15, 1859
Born In: Portsmouth, England
Died At Age: 53
Isambard Kingdom Brunel was a celebrated English civil and mechanical engineer. He is accredited for changing the face of English landscape with his phenomenal constructions and designs. He is also regarded as one of the greatest Industrial Revolution figures and one of the most illustrious engineers in the history of engineering. He was the one behind building of various tunnels, bridges, the Great Western Railway, dockyards, and a series of steamships. Following is a compilation of popular and motivational quotes and thoughts by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
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I am going to design, in a great hurry, and I believe to build a station after my own fancy; that is, with engineering roofs, etc. etc. It is at Paddington, in cutting, and admitting of no exterior, all interior and all roofed in.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

I am opposed to the laying down of rules or conditions to be observed in the construction of bridges lest the progress of improvement tomorrow might be embarrassed or shackled by recording or registering as law the prejudices or errors of today.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

If we must have heroes and wars whereinto make them, there is no war so brilliant as a war with the wrong, no hero so fit to be sung, as he who has gained the bloodless VICTORY of truth and mercy.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

That is very fine; but it is impossible to make the men perfect; the men will always remain the same as they are now; and no legislation will make a man have more presence of mind, or, I believe, make him more cautious; and besides that, the next time such an accident occurs, the circumstances will be so different, that the instructions given to the men, in consequence of the former accident, will not apply.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

If the Commission is to enquire into the conditions “to be observed,” it is to be presumed that they will give the result of their enquiries; or, in other words, that they will lay down, or at least suggest, “rules” and “conditions to be (hereafter) observed” in the construction of bridges, or, in other words, embarrass and shackle the progress of improvement to-morrow by recording and registering as law the prejudices or errors of to-day.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel