"You will never amount to very much"
 A Munich schoolmaster to Albert Einstein, aged 10

"They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist..."
 The last words of General John Sedgewick at the Battle of Spotsylvania 1864

"We don't like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out"
 Decca Records turning down The Beatles in 1962. (They were turned down by
 Pye, Columbia and HMV!)

"Flight by machines heavier than air is unpractical and insignificant, if not
 uterly impossible"
 Simon Newcomb (1835-1909) The first flight by the Wright Brothers 18 months
 later did not affect his opinion.

"Stanley Matthews lacks the big match temperament. He will never hold down a
 regular first team place in top class soccer"
 Unsigned football writer when Matthews, the future captain of England, made
 his debut at the age of 17.

"Rembrandt is not to be compared in the painting of character with our
 extraordinary gifted English artist, Mr Rippingille"
 John Hunt (1775-1848)

"Rail travel at high speeds is not possible, because passengers unable to
 breath, would die of asphyxia"
 Dionysys Lardner (1793-1859), professor of natural philosophy and astronomy
 at University College, London.

"Far too noisy, my dear Mozart. Far too many notes"
 Emperor Ferdinand after the first performance of The Marriage Of Figaro

"The energy produced by the breaking down the atom is a very poor kind of
 thing. Anyone who expects a source of power from the transformation of these
 atoms is talking moonshine."
 Ernest Rutherford (1871-1937) after the first splitting of the atom

"Animals, which move, have limbs and muscles. The earth does not have limbs
 and muscles; therefore it does not move"
 Scipio Chiaramonti

"Everything that can be invented has been invented."
--Charles H. Duell, Office of Patents, 1899

"There will never be a bigger plane built."
--A Boeing engineer, after the first flight of the 247, a twin engine
that carried ten people.

"Ours has been the first, and doubtless to be the last, to visit this
profitless locality."
-- Lt. Joseph Ives after visiting the Grand Canyon in 1861.

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

"We don't like their sound.  Groups of guitars are on the way out."
--Decca executive, 1962, after turning down the Beatles.

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

"With over 50 foreign cars already on sale here, the Japanese auto
isn't likely to carve out a big slice of the US market."
--Business Week, August 2, 1968

"Computers may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."
--Popular Mechanics, 1949

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
--Ken Olson, president of Digital Equipment Corp. 1977

"This telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as
means of communication."
--Western Union memo, 1876

"No imaginable commercial value.  Who would pay for a message sent to
nobody in particular?"
--David Sarnoff's associates in response to his urging investment in the
radio in the 1920's.

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

"I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling on his face and not
--Gary Cooper, after turning down the lead role in Gone With The Wind.

"Market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and
chewy cookies like you make."
--Response to Debbi Fields' idea of Mrs. Fields' Cookies

"We don't need you.  You haven't got through college yet."
--Hewlett Packard excuse to Steve Jobs, who founded Apple Computers

"I think there's a world market for about five computers."
--Thomas J. Watson, chairman of the board of IBM.

"The bomb will never go off.  I speak as an expert in explosives."
--Admiral William Leahy, U.S. Atomic Bomb Project.

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

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

"No matter what happens, the U.S. Navy is not going to be caught
--U.S. Secretary of Navy, December 4, 1941

"While theoretically and technically television may be feasible,
commercially and financially it is an impossibility."
--Lee DeForest, inventor

"Radio has no future.  Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.
X-rays will prove to be a hoax."
--William Thomson, Lord Kelvin English scientist, 1899