Thursday, 29 September 2016


Quotes by Experts, later proved terribly wrong.

Your cigar-ettes will never become popular. - F. G. Alton (cigar maker, turning down Mr. John Player), 1870

It is an idle dream to imagine that automobiles will take the place of railways in the long distance movement of passengers. - American Railroad Congress, 1913

The foolish idea of shooting at the moon is an example of the absurd length to which vicious specialization will carry scientists working in thought-tight compartments. - A. W. Bickerton (physics professor), 1926

Has there ever been danger of war between Germany and ourselves, members of the same Teutonic race? Never has it even been imagined. - Andrew Carnegie, 1913

I’m just glad it’ll be Clark Gable who’s fallin’ on his face and not Gary Cooper. - Gary Cooper, turning down lead in ‘Gone With The Wind’

What sir! You would make a ship sail against the wind and currents by lighting a bonfire under her decks? I pray you excuse me. I have no time to listen to such nonsense. - Napoleon Boneparte, 1803

Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote. - Grover Cleveland, 1905

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

While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially I consider it an impossibility. - Lee Deforest (inventor of vacuum tube/electronic valve), 1926

Man will never reach the moon, regardless of all the future scientific advances. - Lee DeForest (inventor of vacuum tube/electronic valve), 1957

Everything that can be invented has been invented. - Charles H. Duell (Commissioner, US Patent Office, in 1899)

The phonograph is not of any commercial value. - Thomas Alva Edison, 1880

There is no plea which will justify the use of high-tension and alternating currents, either in a scientific or a commercial sense. - Thomas Alva Edison, 1889

The radio craze…will die out in time. - Thomas Alva Edison, 1922

There is not the slightest indication that energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will. - Albert Einstein, 1932

War between Japan and the United States is not within the realm of reasonable possibility. … A Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour is a strategic impossibility. - Major George Fielding Eliot, 1938

The abdomen, the chest and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon. - Sir John Eric Ericson, Surgeon to Queen Victoria, 1873

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

Far too noisy, my dear Mozart. Far too many notes. - Emperor Ferdinand of Austria, 1786

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