"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
-- Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977
"Man will never reach the moon regardless of all future scientific advances."
-- Dr. Lee DeForest, "Father of Radio & Grandfather of Television.."
"The bomb will never go off."
- - Admiral William Leahy , expert in explosives on the US Atomic Bomb Project
This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value."
-- Western Union internal memo, 1876.
"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value."
-- David Sarnoff's associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s.
"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible."
-- Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895.
"Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You're crazy."
-- Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in 1859.
"I don't know what use any one could find for a machine that would make copies of documents."
-- the head of IBM, refusing to back the idea, forcing the inventor to found Xerox.
And last but not least...
"You can't make a living in real estate in this market."
-- The average realtor who doesn't have the tools, skills, or brand to capture the business that's out there now.