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"Man will never reach the moon, regardless of all future scientific

advances." -- Dr. Lee DeForest, Father of Radio &Grandfather of



"The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives." --

Admiral William Leahy, US Atomic Bomb Project Manhattan


"There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom." -- Robert

Millikan, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923


"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."-- Popular

Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949


"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers "-- Thomas

Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943


"I have traveled 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."-- The editor in charge of business books for

Prentice Hall, 1957


"But what is it good for?" commenting on the microchip.-- Engineer at the

Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968


"640K ought to be enough for anybody." -- Bill Gates, 1981


"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


"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay

for a message sent to nobody in particular?" in response to urgings for

investment in the radio in the 1920s.-- David Sarnoff' Associates


"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 Federal Express.


"I'm just glad it will be Clark Gable who falls on his face, not Gary

Cooper," -- Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role in

Gone With The Wind.


"A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say

America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make,"

-- Response to Debbi Fields' idea of starting Mrs. Fields' Cookies


"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out."-- Decca

Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962


"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible," -- Lord Kelvin,

president Royal Society, 1895


"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 for 3-M "Post-It"



"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, 1859


"Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau." --

Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University , 1929


"Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value," -- Marechal

Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre, France


"Everything that can be invented has been invented." -- Charles H. Duell,

Commissioner, US Office of Patents, 1899


"The super computer is technologically impossible. It would take all of

the water that flows over Niagara Falls to cool the heat generated by the

number of vacuum tubes required."-- Professor of Electrical Engineering,

New York University


"I don't know what use any one could find for a machine that would make

copies of documents. It certainly couldn't be a feasible business by

itself.-- the head of IBM, refusing to back the idea, forcing the inventor

to found Xerox


"Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction." -- Pierre Pachet,

Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872


"The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the

intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon."-- Sir John Eric Ericksen,

British surgeon, appointed Surgeon-Extraordinary to Queen Victoria 1873


And last but not least...


"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." -- Ken

Olson, president, chairman, founder of Digital Equipment Corp.,



Perhaps not so short sighted..


"The world is a dangerous place to live -- not because of the people who

are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it." Albert Einstein

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