Adam Savage quotes

  • Being a geek is all about learning the inventories of things.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Inventory #Geek

  • Failure is always an option.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Mythbusters

  • sticks and stones can only break bones; but words can shatter the soul
    -- Adam Savage

    #Soul #Stones #Sticks

  • It's sort of a mental attitude about critical thinking and curiosity. It's about mindset of looking at the world in a playful and curious and creative way.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Attitude #Thinking #Creative

  • Don't work for fools. It's not worth it. Getting paid less to work for people you like and believe in is much better for you (and your career) in the long run.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Inspirational #Graduation #Running

  • I think one of the defining moments of adulthood is the realization that nobody's going to take care of you. That you have to do the heavy lifting while you're here. And when you don't, well, you suffer the consequences.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Thinking #Suffering #Realization

  • I reject your reality and substitute my own.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Reality #Intelligence #Fierce

  • Mostly I make lists for projects. This can be daunting. Breaking something big into its constituent parts will help you organize your thoughts, but it can also force you to confront the depth of your ignorance and the hugeness of the task. That's OK. The project may be the lion, but the list is your whip.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Ignorance #Depth #Tasks

  • I believe that inside every tool is a hammer.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Believe #Hammers #Tools

  • I think LEGOs are one of the best toys ever developed.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Thinking #Legos #Toys

  • I would have to say that looked like it hurt.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Hurt #Hurt Feelings #It Hurts

  • I wouldn't say jamie is an evil genius. I'm not sure he's evil and I'm not sure he's a genius.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Evil #Genius #Jamie

  • I'm actually the fourth generation in my family to have no practical use for the church, or God, or religion. My children continue this trend.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Children #Church #Generations

  • I'm not gonna shoot anyone with the pellet gun... Not unless I have to!
    -- Adam Savage

    #Gun

  • I've learned over decades of building that a deadline is a potent tool for problem-solving.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Tools #Problem #Only Time Will Tell

  • Isn't television glamourous?
    -- Adam Savage

    #Style #Television

  • I am now standing in a mixture of cooling fluid, gasoline, and cola.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Gasoline #Mixtures #Fierce

  • Firemen have the coolest toys ever!
    -- Adam Savage

    #Toys #Fireman

  • I just had one of those 'what the hell are we doing' moments.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Fierce #Hell #Moments

  • I have some ideas on how to fix that. They're not very good ideas, but at least they're ideas!
    -- Adam Savage

    #Ideas #Brilliant Ideas #Very Good

  • In the spirit of science, there really is no such thing as a 'failed experiment.' Any test that yields valid data is a valid test.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Yield #Data #Tests

  • My advice is keep your lips away from the spinning things.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Advice #Spinning #Lips

  • That was excellent! I mean, it didn't do anything, but it looked really cool!
    -- Adam Savage

    #Mean Girls #Mean #Really Cool

  • There is no dignity in television.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Television #Dignity #Fierce

  • This is the point in the show where we say, 'Oh, what else do we have in the van that's flammable?'
    -- Adam Savage

    #Fierce #Vans #Shows

  • When I finally got up to Industrial Light And Magic to work on the 'Star Wars' movies as a model-maker, it felt like dying and going to heaven.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Stars #War #Light

  • Am I about to feel really, really stupid?
    -- Adam Savage

    #Stupid #Really Stupid #Feels

  • Bigger is always better.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Fierce #Bigger

  • Let's get on our knees and pray. I don't know to whom. Is there a patron saint of ballistics gel?
    -- Adam Savage

    #Saint #Knees #Praying

  • My dignity and good television - they'll never meet.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Television #Dignity #Fierce

  • Remember kids, I have life insurance.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Kids #Fierce #Remember

  • Let's blow some stuff up.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Blow #Stuff #Fierce

  • I go home at the end of the day and I rarely talk about what I did that day. So my wife's experience is just like that of anybody else whose husband goes away to a blue collar job and comes home bruised and dirty and often proud of the work that they're doing.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Jobs #Husband #Dirty

  • We are always works in progress. You will hurt people you love, and help people you detest. This is called being a human and it happens to everyone.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Hurt #People #Progress

  • New York State is giant and has some of the most beautiful landscape on the Eastern seaboard. There is so much history in New York State, from the Erie Canal to the Catskills, the birth of American stand-up comedy.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Beautiful #New York #Giants

  • Fractals, the theory of relativity, the genome: these are magnificently beautiful constructs.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Beautiful #Fractals #Theory

  • The coolest toys don't have to be bought; they can be built. In fact, sometimes the only way they'll ever exist is if you make them yourself.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Way #Toys #Facts

  • Lists are how I parse and manage the world.
    -- Adam Savage

    #World #Lists #Manage

  • I'm obsessed with the form of a toolbox. The idea of a portable kit that has everything you might need ignites something inside me. It's like Batman's utility belt.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Ideas #Needs #Might

  • The skeptical community is absolutely near and dear to the 'Mythbusters' heart and there's no small reason that they've embraced us. That's our people. That's the way we like to think.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Heart #Thinking #People

  • Technology is usually there to let some process go on hidden in the background. For us on 'MythBusters,' we're always trying to make the process apparent. So, we have learned to try and never rely on a technological solution when an analogue one is in front of us.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Technology #Trying #Goes On

  • We didn't set out to be educators or even scientists, and we don't purport that what we do is real science but we're demonstrating a methodology by which one can engage and satisfy your curiosity.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Real #Curiosity #Scientist

  • From earliest times, humans - explorers and thinkers - have wanted to figure out the shape of their world. Forever, the way we've done that is through storytelling. It is difficult to let the truth get in the way of a good story.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Forever #Stories #Done

  • I've always thought something that makes you laugh, it makes you laugh because there's a little bit of truth to it.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Laughing #Littles #Make You Laugh

  • Again, like I said, my life has been about being fascinated by objects and the stories that they tell, and also making them for myself, obtaining them, appreciating them and diving into them.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Appreciate #Stories #Diving

  • I am incrementally a pessimist, but I see the international debate that Edward Snowden has engendered, and I think this is exactly where the discussion should be. So, I would say I'm more optimistic than pessimistic.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Optimistic #Thinking #Pessimistic

  • There's this group online that I frequent. It's a group of prop crazies just like me called the Replica Props Forum, and it's people who trade, make and travel in information about movie props.
    -- Adam Savage

    #People #Groups #Information

  • Jamie's gonna go take a break now, and i am going to continue the on-going process of making a fool of myself and go ahead and try it myself.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Trying #Fool #Fierce

  • I have concluded through careful empirical analysis and much thought that somebody is looking out for me, keeping track of what I think about things, forgiving me when I do less than I ought. Giving me strength to shoot for more than I think I’m capable of. I believe they know everything that I do and think, and they still love me, and I’ve concluded, after careful consideration, that this person keeping score is me
    -- Adam Savage

    #Believe #Thinking #Track

  • There's few things that get you over your own crap more than working hard.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Graduation #Over You #Crap

  • I'm always going to be making costumes. It's one of the ways I relax my brain. In addition to the pleasure of having the piece, there is a deep and abiding pleasure for me assembling something in my head - learning to know something in its totality in my head, and then putting together all the constituent parts into a cohesive whole.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Brain #Relax #Together

  • I'm a lifelong movie addict, and one of my favorite projects is making replica props and costumes. Nearly every one of these - from R2D2 to Hellboy's revolver - ends with the paint job. And it's not just cosmetic. The paint literally tells a story: what this thing is made of, where it's been, what it's been used for, and for how long.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Jobs #Long #Costumes

  • I learned at an early age that I could make the things that I wanted. That's a very powerful thing to realize as a kid. LEGOs were a key part of that.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Powerful #Kids #Keys

  • Deadlines refine the mind. They remove variables like exotic materials and processes that take too long. The closer the deadline, the more likely you'll start thinking waaay outside the box.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Thinking #Long #Mind

  • Back when I was a professional model-maker at Industrial Light & Magic, my specialty was hard-edged construction - spaceships, miniature sets, and architectural stuff. These objects were sometimes just 12 inches across yet needed enough detail to fill a movie screen.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Light #Magic #Details

  • The only thing that differentiates you and me from a couple of fourteen year old pyromaniacs is balistic glass!
    -- Adam Savage

    #Couple #Glasses #Years

  • The best-case scenario is that the glass shatters in my face! How do you think that makes me feel?
    -- Adam Savage

    #Thinking #Glasses #Faces

  • Stand back! I gotta get some rocket fuel out of the fridge!
    -- Adam Savage

    #Fuel #Rockets #Fridges

  • In theory, cars are fairly simple. If they don't start, it's either the fuel system or the electrical system. Teach yourself about the path of each in your engine and tracing it is fairly straightforward. But at the beginning, mastering each new system seems like an unreachable shore. The car is effectively a black box.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Simple #Car #Black

  • The 'Mythbusters' crew, we monitor the Discovery boards, we look for the new ideas that are being forwarded on those boards, and we keep track of what's going on, we keep updated.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Discovery #Ideas #Track

  • Bad spellers of the world untie!
    -- Adam Savage

    #Writing #Editing #World

  • The difference between screwing around and science is writing it down.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Writing #Differences

  • I believe that rules do not make us moral; loving each other makes us moral.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Believe #Moral #I Believe

  • Am I missing an eyebrow?
    -- Adam Savage

    #Eyebrows #Missing #Mythbusters

  • Gravity. It's not just a good idea; it's the law!
    -- Adam Savage

    #Law #Ideas #Gravity

  • Whether it's the experiments on 'MythBusters' or my earlier work in special effects for movies, I've regularly had to do things that were never done before, from designing complex motion-control rigs to figuring out how to animate chocolate.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Design #Chocolate #Special

  • Walking the floor at a con dressed as Chewbacca, you might as well be Bono. I mean it's ridiculous. People just walk up and grab you and hold you, because they love Chewbacca so much.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Mean #People #Might

  • The Internet is probably the most important technological advancement of my lifetime. Its strength lies in its open architecture and its ability to allow a framework where all voices can be heard.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Lying #Voice #Important

  • Of course, I love tools. I also love arranging them, to the point where I came up with a name for my organizing metric: first-order retrievability.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Order #Names #Tools