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Famous 'Last' Words

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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?
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.)

Who the h*** wants to hear actors talk?"
H.M. 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 to not 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 Notepads

So we went to Atari and said, '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.' And they said, 'No.' So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, 'Hey, we don't need you. You haven't got through college yet.'
Apple Computer Inc. founder Steve Jobs on attempts to get Atari and H-P interested in his and Steve Wozniak's personal computer

Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and reaction and the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react. He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled out daily in high schools.
1921 New York Times editorial about Robert Goddard's revolutionary rocket work

You want to have consistent and uniform muscle development across all of your muscles? It can't be done. It's just a fact of life. You just 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.

Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You're crazy.
Drillers whom Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist in 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

Everything that can be invented has been invented.
Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899

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

No flying machine will ever fly from New York to Paris
Orville Wright



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