- "Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible"
-- LORD KELVIN, president Royal Society, 1895
- "Everything than can be invented has been invented."
-- Charles H. Duell, commissioner, US Office of Patents, 1899
- "Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value."
-- Marshall Ferdinand Foch, professor of strategy, Ecole Supérieure de Guerre
- "Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and reaction
and the need to have something better than vaccum against which to react.
He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled out in daily schools."
-- New Yor Times editorial about Robert Goddard's revolutionary rocket work 1921
- "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 radio in the 1920s
- "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
-- Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943
- "There is no reason for any individuals to have a computer in their
-- Ken Olsen, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977
- "I want my child to be a good Catholic like me."
-- Pop star Madonna
- "OK, we can write your BASIC in three weeks."
-- Bill Gates to an Intel representative when they approached Microsoft
for a BASIC for their 8086 chip. Microsoft ended up taking 6 months.
(courtesy The Making of Microsoft)