For All Predictions Do To This Belong:

by Christopher Paul on March 4, 2011

Donald Simanek collected pessimistic quotes from some well known people who turned out to be very wrong.

Some of them include:

This `telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a practical form of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.
– Western Union internal memo, 1878

Radio has no future.
– Lord Kelvin (1824-1907), British mathematician and physicist, ca. 1897.

The horse is here to stay, but the automobile is only a novelty—a fad.
– Advice from a president of the Michigan Savings Bank to Henry Ford’s lawyer Horace Rackham. Rackham ignored the advice and invested $5000 in Ford stock, selling it later for $12.5 million.

There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home.
– Kenneth Olsen, president and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977.

Also from the page, a few good positive quotes:

If the world should blow itself up, the last audible voice would be that of an expert saying it can’t be done.
– Peter Ustinov

It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.
– Robert Goddard (1882-1945)

For all predictions do to this belong: That either they are right, or they are wrong.
– John Tulley’s Almanac for 1688.

It’ll Never Work! – Donald Simanek via Kottke

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