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This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as ameans 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?"-- David Sarnoff's associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s."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 Corp.)"I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling on his face and not GaryCooper,"-- Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role in "Gone WithThe Wind.""A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports sayAmerica 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" Notepads ."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."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 thewater that flows over Niagara Falls to cool the heat generated by the numberof 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 byitself."-- 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 theintrusion 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." -- KenOlson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977
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