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Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?
Harry Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927
I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.
Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943
I’m just glad it will be Clark Gable falling on his face and not Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role in "Gone With the Wind"
If I had thought about it, I wouldn’t have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can’t do this.
Spencer Silver, on the work that led to the unique adhesives on 3M Post It notepads
640k ought to be enough for anybody.
Bill Gates, Co-Founder and CEO of Microsoft, 1981
We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on its way out.
Decca Recording Company, rejecting The Beatles, 1962
Heavier than air flying machines are impossible.
Lord Kelvin, President, Royal Society, 1895
There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.
Ken Olson, President, Chairman and Founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977
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
Everything that can be invented has been invented.
Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Patent Office, 1899
The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?
David Sarnoff’s associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920’s
The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a ‘C’, the idea must be feasible.
A Yale University management professor in response to Fred Smith’s paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. Smith went on to found FedEx.
Louis Pasteur’s theory of germs is ridiculous fiction.
Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872
Airplanes are interesting toys, but are of no military value.
Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre
You want to have consistent an uniform muscle development across all of your muscles? It can’t be done. It’s just a fact of life. You have to accept inconsistent muscle development as an unalterable condition of weight training.
Response to Arthur Jones, who solved the "unsolvable" problem by inventing Nautilus.
So we went to Atari and said, "Hey we’ve got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, what do you think about funding us? Or we’ll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we’ll come work for you." And they said, "No". So then we went to Hewlett Packard and they said, "Hey, we don’t need you; you haven’t even got through college yet."
Apple Computer Co Founder Steve Jobs on attempts to get Atari and HP interested in he and Steve Wozniak’s personal computer.
Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try to find oil? You’re crazy.
Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in 1859
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