If anyone tells you that you can’t possibly do something…read some of these bold statements!
"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
-- Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC), maker of big business mainframe computers, arguing against the PC, 1977
"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out anyway."
-- President of Decca Records, rejecting The Beatles after an audition, 1962
"There is practically no chance communications space satellites will be used to provide better telephone, telegraph, television, or radio service inside the United States."
-- T. Craven, FCC Commissioner, 1961
(the first commercial communications satellite went into service in 1965)
"Space travel is bunk."
-- Sir Harold Spencer Jones, Astronomer Royal of the UK, 1957
(two weeks later Sputnik orbited the Earth)
"To place a man in a multi-stage rocket and project him into the controlling gravitational field of the moon where the passengers can make scientific observations, perhaps land alive, and then return to earth--all that constitutes a wild dream worthy of Jules Verne. I am bold enough to say that such a man-made voyage will never occur regardless of all future advances."
-- Lee deForest, American radio pioneer and inventor of the vacuum tube, 1957
"You ain't going nowhere, son. You ought to go back to driving a truck."
-- Jim Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry, in firing Elvis Presley after a performance, 1954
"Television won't last because people will soon get tired of staring at
a plywood box every night."
-- Darryl Zanuck, movie producer, 20th Century Fox, 1946
"You better learn secretarial work or else get married."
-- Director of the Blue Book Modeling Agency, advising Marilyn Monroe, 1944
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
-- Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943
"Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote."
-- Grover Cleveland, U.S. President, 1905
"It's a great invention but who would want to use it anyway?"
--Rutherford B. Hayes, U.S. President, after a demonstration of Alexander Bell's telephone, 1872
"Well-informed people know it is impossible to transmit the voice over wires and that were it possible to do so, the thing would be of no practical value."
-- Boston Post, 1865
"Dear Mr. President: The canal system of this country is being threatened by a new form of transportation known as 'railroads' ... As you may well know, Mr. President, 'railroad' carriages are pulled at the enormous speed of 15 miles per hour by 'engines' which, in addition to endangering life and limb of assengers, roar and snort their way through the countryside, setting fire to crops, scaring the livestock and frightening women and children. The Almighty certainly never intended that people should travel at such breakneck speed."
-- Martin Van Buren, Governor of New York, 1865(?)
"The radio craze will die out in time."
-- Thomas Edison, American inventor, 1922
"Radio has no future."
-- Lord Kelvin, British mathematician and physicist, president of the British Royal Society, 1897