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Hell, there are no rules here — we're trying to accomplish something.
      — Thomas A. Edison

I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun.
      — Thomas A. Edison

Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.
      — Thomas A. Edison

I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it.
      — Mae West

Love conquers all things except poverty and toothache.
      — Mae West

Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.
      — Mae West

When the Paris Exhibition closes electric light will close with it and no more will be heard of it.
      — Erasmus Wilson, professor at Oxford University, 1878

Well-informed people know it is impossible to transmit the voice over wires and that were it possible to do so, the thing would be of no practical value.
      — Editorial in the Boston Post, 1865

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

You could put in this room, DeForest, all the radiotelephone apparatus that the country will ever need.
      — W. W. Dean, president of the Dean Telephone Company, to Lee DeForest, the American radio pioneer, 1907

While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially I consider it an impossibility, a development of which we need waste little time dreaming.
      — Lee DeForest, quoted in the New York Times, 1926

Everything that can be invented has been invented.
      — Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899

There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home.
      — Ken Olsen, president of Digital Equipment Corporation at the Convention of the World Future Society, 1977

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