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Изобретения, технический прогрессI 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 magazine, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949


But what is it good for?
- engineer at the Advanced Computer 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


640 Kb of RAM ought to be enough for anybody.
- Bill Gates, 1981


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 to his project to drill for oil in 1859


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


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


Everything that can be invented has been invented.
- Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U. S. Office of Patents, submitting his resignation in 1899


Our schools have been scientifically designed to prevent overeducation from happening.
- William Troy Harris, U. S. Commissioner of Education, 1889-1906


Books will soon be obsolete in schools... Our school system will be completely changed in the next ten years.
- Thomas Edison, speaking about motion pictures, 1913


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


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


Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.
- Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre


Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?
- H. M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927


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


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


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


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


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


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 3M "Post-It" Notepads

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