These innovation quotes about spectacular failures to predict the future hold some lessons for all of us.
Perhaps the quotations below may make you think twice before you shoot down someone's idea.
In the words of Sam Ewing: “ Nothing is so embarrassing as watching someone do something that you said could not be done.”
There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.
~Ken Olsen, President Digital Equipment, 1977
Everything that can be invented has been invented.
~Charles H. Duell, Director of US Patent Office 1899
Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote.
~Grover Cleveland, 1905
Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?
~ Harry M. Warner, Warner Bros Pictures, 1927
There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom.
~ Robert Miliham, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923
Heavier than air flying machines are impossible.
~ Lord Kelvin, President, Royal Society, 1895
The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys.
~Sir William Preece, chief engineer of the British Post Office, 1876
The horse is here today, but the automobile is only a novelty, a fad.
~President of Michigan Savings Bank advising against investing in the Ford Motor Company
Video 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. ~ Daryl F. Zanuck, 20th Century Fox, commenting on television in 1946
What use could the company make of an electric toy?~ Western Union, when it turned down rights to the telephone in 1878
And to sum up this page, one last quote to make you smile:
Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.
~Neils Bohr (1885-1962)
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