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50 Technology Quotes That Will Advance Your Life

These technology quotes explain the importance of technology, the downside of technology, and everything in between.

Technology is a term that gets thrown around in today’s age, especially when speaking about Millennials and Gen Z. Most times these remarks are disparaging and refer to how we rely on technology too much, or that technology is ruining the world. However, technology has been around since the beginning of man, and humans have always searched for it.

If you read that and thought I was crazy, then ask yourself, “How do you define technology?” The definition of technology is “the set of knowledge, skills, experience, and techniques through which humans change, transform and use our environment in order to create tools, machines, products and services that meet our needs and desires.”

So when cave dwellers discovered how to make fire, or build a wheel, this was a huge technological advancement. I wonder if the older generation bemoaned the fact that their young had it too easy using a cart? Enjoy these technology quotes and sayings!

Don’t forget to also check out these science quotes from some of the greatest minds ever known.

Best technology quotes about books, art, and magic

1. “I think that novels that leave out technology misrepresent life as badly as Victorians misrepresented life by leaving out sex.” ― Kurt Vonnegut

2. “Please, no matter how we advance technologically, please don’t abandon the book. There is nothing in our material world more beautiful than the book.” ― Patti Smith

3. “Books don’t need batteries.” ― Nadine Gordimer

4. “We are the children of a technological age. We have found streamlined ways of doing much of our routine work. Printing is no longer the only way of reproducing books. Reading them, however, has not changed.” ― Lawrence Clark Powell

5. “I might love my e-reader, but I’d never pass up the chance to browse real books.” ― Nichole Chase

6. “The art challenges the technology, and the technology inspires the art.” ― John Lasseter

7. “Technology like art is a soaring exercise of the human imagination.” ― Daniel Bell

8. “Any sufficiently advanced technology is equivalent to magic.” ― Arthur C. Clarke

9. “Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.” ― Barry Gehm

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10. “Our technology forces us to live mythically.” ― Marshall McLuhan

Inspirational technology quotes from influential men

11. “Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.” ― Thomas Edison

12. “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.” ― Albert Einstein

13. “Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.” ― Pablo Picasso

14. “The human spirit must prevail over technology.” ― Albert Einstein

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

16. “Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.” ― Steve Jobs

17. “The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people.” ― Karl Marx

18. “Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master.” ― Christian Lous Lange

19. “Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition, and myth frame our response.”  Arthur Schlesinger

Funny technology quotes and sayings

20. “Cars will soon have the Internet on the dashboard. I worry that this will distract me from my texting.” ― Andy Borowitz

21. “I’d rather check my Facebook than face my checkbook.” ― Craig Coelho

22. “‘User’ is the word used by the computer professional when they mean ‘idiot.’” ― Dave Barry

23. “What did people do when they went to the bathroom before smartphones?” ― Aaron Cobra

24. “To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer.” ― Paul Ehrlich

25. My life is now a constant assessment of whether what’s happening in real life is more entertaining than what’s happening on my phone.” ― Damien Fahey

26. “We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works.” ― Douglas Adams

27. “Technology is a word that describes something that doesn’t work yet.” ― Douglas Adams

28. “Man is a slow, sloppy, and brilliant thinker; computers are fast, accurate, and stupid.” ― John Pfeiffer

29. “Technology is the knack of so arranging the world that we do not experience it.” ― Rollo May

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30. “The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.” ― B. F. Skinner

Tech quotes about the effects of technology

31. “This is the whole point of technology. It creates an appetite for immortality on the one hand. It threatens universal extinction on the other. Technology is lust removed from nature.” ― Don DeLillo

32. “The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.” ― Sydney Harris

33. “If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner.” ― Omar Bradley

34. “What new technology does is create new opportunities to do a job that customers want done.” ―Tim O’Reilly

35. “Modern technology has become a total phenomenon for civilization, the defining force of a new social order in which efficiency is no longer an option but a necessity imposed on all human activity.” ― Jacques Ellul

36. “Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backward.” ― Aldous Huxley

37. “Technology – with all its promise and potential – has gotten so far beyond human control that it’s threatening the future of humankind.” ― Kim J. Vicente

38. “As cities grow and technology takes over the world belief and imagination fade away and so do we.” ― Julie Kagawa

39. “Ethics change with technology.” ― Larry Niven

40. “As technology advances in complexity and scope, fear becomes more primitive.” ― Don DeLillo

Positive technology quotes about unity and other human traits

41. “Technology made large populations possible; large populations now make technology indispensable.” ― Joseph Krutch

42. “Technology is best when it brings people together.” ― Matt Mullenweg

43. “Even the technology that promises to unite us, divides us. Each of us is now electronically connected to the globe, and yet we feel utterly alone.” ― Dan Brown

44. “As technology accumulates and people in more parts of the planet become interdependent, the hatred between them tends to decrease, for the simple reason that you can’t kill someone and trade with him too.” ― Steven Pinker

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45. “All of the biggest technological inventions created by man – the airplane, the automobile, the computer – says little about his intelligence, but speaks volumes about his laziness.” ― Mark Kennedy

46. “We refuse to turn off our computers, turn off our phone, log off Facebook, and just sit in silence because in those moments we might actually have to face up to who we really are.” ― Jefferson Bethke

47. “Technology has solved old economic problems by giving us new psychological problems. The internet has not just open-sourced information, it has also open-sourced insecurity, self-doubt, and shame.” ― Mark Manson

48. “The technology you use impresses no one. The experience you create with it is everything.” — Sean Gerety

49. “Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.” ― R. Buckminster Fuller

50. “You cannot endow even the best machine with initiative; the jolliest steamroller will not plant flowers.” ― Walter Lippmann

What did you learn from these technology quotes?

Many influential men weighed in with their thoughts about the effects of technology in these technology quotes. What do you think about technology? Technology not only makes our lives easier, but it can also help us save the planet, streamline businesses, and improve our health.

There are some downsides to technology. The most significant ones include security, privacy, and job insecurity. Technology itself isn’t inherently good or bad. It comes down to how we use technology that matters. The same technology that makes us safer can steal our data.

With job insecurity, it is undeniable that some jobs get replaced with new technologies, but it creates new jobs. The ferriers were, no doubt, threatened by the automobile on their businesses, but they adapted. Can you imagine life without motorized transportation?

What technological advancement would you like to see in your lifetime? I’m still waiting for ‘Rosie’ to be a member of my household. That and flying cars. Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below. Don’t forget to also share with us any other favorite technology quotes and sayings.

Danielle Dahl, Lead Contributor
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