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Title:   Insight

"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 15 tons."

--"Popular Mechanics,"
forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949.


"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."

--Thomas Watson,
chairman of IBM, 1943.


"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."

--The editor in charge of business books for
Prentice Hall, 1957.


"But it good for ?"

-- Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division
of IBM commenting on the microchip, 1968.


"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."

--Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder
of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977


"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 (NBC) 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 hell wants to hear actors talk ?"

-- Harry 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 not to 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 her
company, 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 nthe
unique adhesives on 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
in his and Steve Wozniak's personal


"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."

-- New York Times editorial about
Robert Goddard's revolutionary rocket
work, 1921.


"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


"Drill for oil ? You mean drill into the ground to try and find
oil ? You're crazy."

-- Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to
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,


蝐k ought to be enough for anybody." -- Bill Gates, 1981


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