"Man will never reach the moon regardless of all
future scientific advances."
- Dr. Lee De Forest, inventor of the vacuum tube
and father of television
"If excessive smoking actually plays a role in the
production of lung cancer, it seems to be a minor one."
- Dr. W.C. Heuper of the National Cancer Institute, as
quoted in the New York Times on April 14, 1954
"For the majority of people, smoking has a beneficial effect."
- Dr. Ian G. Macdonald, Los Angeles surgeon, quoted in
Newsweek, November 8, 1963
"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
"Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently
- Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale
"The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in
order to earn better than a 'C,' the idea must be
- A Yale University management professor in response
to Fred Smith's paper proposing reliable overnight
delivery service. Smith went on to found Federal
"Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value."
- Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole
Superieure de Guerre
"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial
value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in
- David Sarnoff's associates in response to his urgings
for investment in the radio in the 1920s
"Computers in the future may weigh no more than
- Popular Mechanics, 1949
"I think there is a world market for maybe five
-Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943
"But what ... is it good for?"
- Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems
Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip
"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in
- Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder
of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977
Quote of the post
"Problems cannot be solved at the same level of
awareness that created them."- Albert Einstein