"Genius is in-born, may it never be still-born."

"Oysters, irritated by grains of sand, give birth to pearls. Brains, irritated by curiosity, give birth to ideas."

"Brainpower is the bridge to the future; it is what transports you from wishful thinking to willful doing."

"Unless you keep learning & growing, the status quo has no status."

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


So we went to Atari and said . . . “What do you think about funding us? Or we’ll give it to you. We just want you to do it. Pay our salary, we’ll come work for you.” And they said “No.” So we then went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said “ . . . We don’t need you. You haven’t got through college yet.”

Apple Computer Inc. founder, Steve Jobs, on attempts to get Atari and H-P interested in his and Steve Wozniak’s personal computer;

“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;

“The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?”

David Sarnoff ’s associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s;

“Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and reaction and the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react. He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled out daily in high schools.”

1921 New York Times editorial about Robert Goddard’s revolutionary rocket work;

“The horse is here to stay, but the automobile is only a novelty – a fad.”

Bank president advising Horace Rockham (Henry Ford’s lawyer) not to invest in Ford Motor Company, 1903;

“Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.”

Lord Kelvin, president Royal Society, 1895;

“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;

“Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You’re crazy.”

Drillers whom Edwin L Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in 1859;

[Excerpted from the 'Catalysing Creativity' edition of The Braindancer Series of bookazines by Dilip Mukerjea. All the images in this post are the intellectual property of Dilip Mukerjea.]

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