What looks like a permanently high plateau. - Irving Fisher,
Professor of Economics, Yale University, USA, October 16, 1929.
King George 111 said in 1773, that the American colonies had little
stomach for revolution. UK
Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction. - Pierre
Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, France 1872.
Airplanes are interesting toys, but they have no military value. -
Marshal Ferdinand Foch, France, in 1911. [He may have been wrong in this
case but at the Treaty of Versailles, 1919, which ended the 1st World
War, he said accurately, 'This is not a peace, it is only an armistice
for the next 20 years.' The 2nd World War broke out in 1939.
It will be years - not in my time - before a woman will become Prime
Minister.- Margaret Thatcher, 1974 [Prime Minister, UK, 1979-1990]
It doesn't matter what he does, he will never amount to anything.-
Albert Einstein's teacher to his father, 1895.
Theoretically, television may be feasible, but I consider it an
impossibility; a development which we should waste little time dreaming
about. - Lee de Forest, 1926, inventor of the cathode ray tube.
In 1939, The New York Times said the problem of TV was that people
had to glue their eyes to a screen, and that the average American
wouldn't have time for it.
I have travelled the length and breadth of this country and talked
with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad
that won't last out the year. - Editor in charge of business books for
Prentice Hall, 1957.
I think there is a world market for maybe five computers. - Thomas
J. Watson, 1943, Chairman of the Board of IBM.
We don't need you. You haven't got through college yet. -
Hewlett-Packard's rejection of Steve Jobs, who went on to found Apple
This "telephone" has too many shortcomings to be seriously
considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no
value to us. - Western Union internal memo, 1876.
We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out. -
Decca Recording Company. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.
Who the hell wants to hear actors talk? - H. M. Warner, Warner
An official of the White Star Line, speaking of the firm's newly
built flagship, the Titanic, launched in 1912, declared that the ship
An English astronomy professor said in the early 19th century that
air travel at high speed would be impossible because passengers would
With over 50 foreign cars already on sale here, the Japanese auto
industry isn't likely to carve out a big slice of the U.S. market. -
Business Week, 1958.
Whatever happens, the U.S. Navy is not going to be caught napping. -
Frank Knox, U.S. Secretary of the Navy, on December 4, 1941.
Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil?
You're crazy. - Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his
project to drill for oil in 1859.
640K ought to be enough for anybody. - Bill Gates, 1981.