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On Visionaries...

Inventions have long since reached their limit, and I see no hope for further developments.
   —Julius Sextus Frontinus, Roman Engineer
      c. 10 A.D.

 

So many centuries after the Creation it is unlikely that anyone could find hitherto unknown lands of any value.
   —Advisory Committee to Ferdinand and Isabella regarding Christopher Columbus' proposal to sail west from Spain toward India, 1486

 

I would sooner believe that two Yankee professors lied, than that stones fell from the sky.
   —Thomas Jefferson, 1807, on hearing an eyewitness report of falling meteorites

 

Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You're crazy.
   —Drilling industry engineers, talking to Edwin L. Drake, 1859

 

Well-informed people know it is impossible to transmit the human voice over wires. Even if it were, it would be of no practical value.
   —Boston Post editorial, 1865

 

Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction.
   —Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology, Toulouse University, 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, Surgeon-Extraordinary to Queen Victoria, 1873

 

This "telephone" has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.
   —Internal memo, Western Union, 1876

 

The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys.
   —Sir William Preece
      Chief Engineer, British Post Office, 1878

 

Such startling announcements as these should be deprecated as being unworthy of science and mischievous to to its true progress.
   —Sir William Siemens, 1880, on Edison's announcement regarding of the light bulb

 

Fooling around with alternating current is just a waste of time. Nobody will use it, ever.
   —Thomas Edison, 1889

 

The ordinary horseless carriage is a luxury for the wealthy; it will never come into as common use as the bicycle.
   —Literary Digest, 1889

 

The more important fundamental laws and facts of physical science have all been discovered, and these are now so firmly established that the possibility of their ever being supplanted in consequence of new discoveries is exceedingly remote.... Our future discoveries must be looked for in the sixth place of decimals.
   —Physicist Albert. A. Michelson, 1894

 

It is apparent to me that the possibilities of the aeroplane, which two or three years ago were thought to hold the solution to the [flying machine] problem, have been exhausted, and that we must turn elsewhere.
   —Thomas Edison, 1895

 

Everything that can be invented has already been invented.
   —Charles Duell, Commissioner
      United States Patent Office, 1899

 

Flight by machines heavier than air is unpractical and insignificant, if not utterly impossible.
   —Astronomer Simon Newcomb, 1902

 

The demonstration that no possible combination of known substances, known forms of machinery, and known forms of force can be united in a practicable machine by which men shall fly for long distances through the air, seems to the writer as complete as it is possible for the demonstration of any physical fact to be.
   —Astronomer Simon Newcomb, 1906

 

Radio has no future.
   —Lord Kelvin (1824-1907), President, British Royal Society

 

Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.
   —Maréchal Ferdinand Foch, L'École Supérieure de Guerre, c. 1910

 

The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?
   —Response to David Sarnoff's recommendations regarding investment
      in radio, 1920's

 

"All a trick." "Absolute swindler." "Doesn't know what he's about." "What's the good of it?" "What useful purpose will it serve?"
   —British Royal Society members, 1926, after a demonstration of television

 

Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?
   —Harold Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927

 

No flying machine will ever fly from New York to Paris.
   —Orville Wright, 1927

 

Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau.
   —Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929

 

There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy ever will be obtainable.  It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will.
   —Albert Einstein, 1932

 

The energy produced by the atom is a very poor kind of thing. Anyone who expects a source of power from the transformation of these atoms is talking moonshine.
   —Ernst Rutherford, 1933

 

I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling on his face and not Gary Cooper.
   —Gary Cooper, on refusing the leading role in Gone with the Wind, 1937

 

I think there is a world market for about five computers.
   —Thomas J. Watson, Chairman of the Board, IBM, 1943

 

Television won't be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.
   —Darryl Zanuck
      20th Century Fox, 1946

 

Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.
   —Popular Mechanics, 1949

 

Man will never reach the moon, regardless of all future scientific advances.
   —Dr. Lee DeForest, inventor of television

 

Space travel is utter bilge.
   —Dr. Richard van der Reit Wooley, British Royal Astronomer, 1956.

 

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.
   —
IBM, refusing to back the idea, forcing the inventor to found Xerox

 

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.
   —Business Book Editor, Prentice Hall, 1957

 

The world potential market for copying machines is 5,000 at most. I don't know what use anyone could find for a machine that would make copies of documents. It certainly couldn't be a feasible business by itself.
   —IBM Executives, commenting on Xerox, 1959

 

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

 

A guitar's all right, John, but you'll never earn your living by it.
   —John Lennon's Aunt Mimi, c. 1960

 

We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.
   —Decca Recording Co., rejecting the Beatles, 1962

 

But what is it good for?
   —Engineer, Advanced Computing Systems Division, IBM
      Commenting on invention of the microchip, 1968

 

There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.
   —Ken Olson, Chairman, Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977

 

You'll launch over our dead body.
   —President of second largest USA cable company, in
      conversation regarding the future of DBS, 1989

 

Next Christmas the iPod will be dead, finished, gone, kaput.
   —Sir Alan Sugar, British Entrepreneur, 2005

 

The National Telecommunications Authority would be crazy to support this proposal. Sounds to me like NTA would be out of business.
   —Mattlan Zackhras, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, 3 March 2003, citing NTA review of SWANsat

 

The United Nations does not endorse or offer opinions on materials or projects generated outside the Organization.

   —Office of United Nations Secretary-General Annan, 15 May 2006, commenting on the SWANsat System project

 

SWANsat does not and will never exist. At the very least, its claims should be treated with extreme skepticism.
   —Lloyd Wood, Satellite engineer, 2006

 

I admire your vision and your determination and sincerely hope you succeed, but to be totally blunt, we just have no interest in being involved in any capacity.
   —Hoyt Davidson, CEO, Near Earth LLC, 3 August 2006  (We thanked him the compliment, but reminded him that we hadn't invited them...)

 
 

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