Don't give up
People just might be wrong.
Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You're crazy.
Drillers who Edwin Drake tried to enlist in 1859
This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication.
Western Union internal memo, 1876
Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.
President, Royal Society, 1895
Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.
Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre.
Everything that can be invented has been invented.
Commissioner, US Office of Patents, 1899
The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?
Response to Sarnoff's urging for radio investment, 1920s
Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?
HM Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927
I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling on his face and not Gary Cooper.
Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the lead role in 'Gone With The Wind.'
The problem with television is that the people must sit and keep their eyes glued to a screen: the average American family hasn't time for it.
New York Times, 1939
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 adhesive for 3-M Post-It notepads.
I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.
Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943
Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.
Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949
You ain't goin' nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin' a truck.
Manager of the Grand Ole Opry, firing Elvis Presley, 1954
I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last out the year.
Editor, Prentice Hall Business Books, 1957
We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.
Decca Records, rejecting the Beatles, 1962
The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C', the idea must be feasible.
Yale professor commenting on a paper by Fred Smith (who later founded FedEx) proposing overnight delivery service
But what . . . is it good for?
IBM executive commenting on the microchip, 1968
So we went to Atari, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and 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.' They said, 'No.' So we went to Hewlett-Packard, they said, 'Hey, we don't need you. You haven't got through college yet.'
Steve Jobs, trying to get Atari and HP interested in his and Steve Wozniak's Apple personal computer.
There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.
President, Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977
640K ought to be enough for anybody.
Bill Gates, 1981
Question: If you could live forever, would you and why?
Answer: I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not live forever.
Miss Alabama in the 1994 Miss USA contest, selected as Miss America 1995
Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can't help but cry. I mean I'd love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff.
Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life.
Brooke Shields, during an interview to become spokesperson for federal anti-smoking campaign
I've never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body.
Winston Bennett, University of Kentucky basketball forward
Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.
Mayor Marion Barry, Washington DC
Half this game is ninety percent mental.
Philadelphia Phillies manager, Danny Ozark
I love California. I practically grew up in Phoenix.
The word 'genius' isn't applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.
Joe Theisman, NFL football quarterback & sports analyst
We don't necessarily discriminate. We simply exclude certain types of people.
Colonel Gerald Wellman, ROTC Instructor
Traditionally, most of Australia's imports come from overseas.
If somebody has a bad heart, they can plug this jack in at night as they go to bed and it will monitor their heart throughout the night. And the next morning, when they wake up dead, there'll be a record.
Mark S. Fowler, FCC Chairman