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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Tropo, 1st Mar, 2006.

  1. Tropo

    Tropo Well-Known Member

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    Theoretically, television may be feasible, but I consider it an impossibility--a development which we should waste little time dreaming about.
    - Lee de Forest, 1926, inventor of the cathode ray tube

    I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.
    - Thomas J. Watson, 1943, Chairman of the Board of IBM

    It doesn't matter what he does, he will never amount to anything.
    - Albert Einstein's teacher to his father, 1895

    It will be years - not in my time - before a woman will become Prime Minister.
    - Margaret Thatcher, 1974

    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

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

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

    640K ought to be enough for anybody.
    - Bill Gates, 1981

    Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction.
    - Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872

    Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.
    - Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949

    We don't need you. You haven't got through college yet.
    - Hewlett-Packard's rejection of Steve Jobs, who went on to found Apple Computers

    King George II said in 1773 that the American colonies had little stomach for revolution.

    An official of the White Star Line, speaking of the firm's newly built flagship, the Titanic, launched in 1912, declared that the ship was unsinkable.

    In 1939 The New York Times said the problem of TV was that people had to glue their eyes to a screen, and that the average American wouldn't have time for it.

    An English astronomy professor said in the early 19th century that air travel at high speed would be impossible because passengers would suffocate.

    Airplanes are interesting toys, but they have no military value.
    - Marshal Ferdinand Foch in 1911

    With over 50 foreign cars already on sale here, the Japanese auto industry isn't likely to carve out a big slice of the U.S. market.
    - Business Week, 1958

    Whatever happens, the U.S. Navy is not going to be caught napping.
    - Frank Knox, U.S. Secretary of the Navy, on December 4, 1941

    Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau.
    - Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, October 16, 1929.
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  2. Simon Hampel

    Simon Hampel Co-founder Staff Member

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    *sigh* I'm getting tired of correcting this so frequently misquoted quote ... was taken completely out of context.

    If you do some research into the history of TJ Watson, you'll find that he was actually referring to a single sales trip they did around the world where they expected to sell perhaps 5 of their new computers (mainframes). They actually sold dozens.

    I don't even think the quote is correct - I suspect he actually said something retrospectively like "We thought [at the time] there was a world market for maybe five of our computers".

    So there!
     
  3. Leandro

    Leandro Well-Known Member

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    I think that most of the quotes even if taken slightly out of context where probably what the people of the time would have reasonably thought.

    I think they are fantastic, and just go to show that sometimes no matter how smart or how many things a person has achieved that even they couldnt imagine some of the things which await us in the future!

    good post. :)
     
  4. Tropo

    Tropo Well-Known Member

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    You may be correct...I just copied what I found in my e-mail box.
    Misquoted quotes are quite common :D
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  5. Tropo

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    Hahahaaaa.. Good one :p
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  6. Leandro

    Leandro Well-Known Member

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    Sorry Tropo i dont get it?? :confused:
     
  7. Tropo

    Tropo Well-Known Member

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    Geeeeee...I am sorry Leandro !!
    Wrong post in the wrong place !!!!!!!!! :confused: