13 Annoying Sounds of Naysayers
Because sometimes, it’s just not a good idea to listen to feedback…
“The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a ‘C,’ the idea must be feasible.” — A Yale University management professor in response to Fred Smith’s paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. (Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)
“Why don’t you go into rock and roll?” — Record labels speaking to Eminem.
“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” — Thomas Watson (1874-1956), Chairman of IBM, 1943
“Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.” — Lord Kelvin, President, Royal Society, 1895
“The aeroplane will never fly.” — Lord Haldane, Minister of War, Britain, 1907
“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.
“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.
“Space travel is bunk.” — Sir Harold Spencer Jones, Astronomer Royal of Britain, 1957, two weeks before the launch of Sputnik
“Louis Pasteur’s theory of germs is ridiculous fiction”. — Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872
“We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.” — Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962
“Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.” — Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre
“The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon”. — Sir John Eric Ericksen, British surgeon, appointed Surgeon- Extraordinary to Queen Victoria 1873
“You would make a ship sail against the winds and currents by lighting a bonfire under her deck…I have no time for such nonsense.” — Napoleon, commenting on Fulton’s Steamship