Thursday, October 21, 2004


Sometimes the great and the good, rich and famous, get carried away. They say things that turn out to be radically wrong and later wish they had kept quiet. Or what they say is just plain stupid. Here are some examples:

  • No one will need more than 637Kb of memory for a personal computer' - Bill Gates
  • Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau.' - Irving Fisher (1929)
  • We don't like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out' - Decca record executive on the Beatles
  • Radio has no future.' - Lord Kelvin, 1897
  • Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.' - Lord Kelvin
  • Everything that can be invented has been invented.- - 1899, Charles Duell, U.S. Office of Patents.
  • There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.' - Ken Olson, 1977, Digital Equipment Corporation
  • The Internet is a great way to get on the Net.' - Bob Dole
  • Life is very important to Americans.' - Bob Dole
  • A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls.' - Dan Quayle
  • I was recently on a tour of Latin America, and the only regret I have was that I didn't study Latin harder in school so I could converse with those people.' - Dan Quayle
  • It's not pollution that is hurting the environment, it's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.' - Dan Quayle
  • If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure.' - Dan Quayle
  • A zebra does not change its spots.' - Al Gore on George Bush (1992)
  • I have opinions of my own --strong opinions-- but I don't always agree with them.' - George Bush
  • Fiction writing is great, you can make up almost anything.' - Ivana Trump

Source: Said What.