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Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
      — Napoleon Bonaparte

In politics, absurdity is not a handicap.
      — Napoleon Bonaparte

640K ought to be enough for anybody.
      — Bill Gates, 1981

Who'd pay to see a drawing of a fairy princess when they can watch Joan Crawford's boobs for the same price at the box office?
      — Louis B. Mayer referring to "Snow White"

So we went to Atari and said, "Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we'll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we'll come work for you." And they said, "No." So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, "Hey, we don't need you. You haven't got through college yet."
      — Apple Computer founder Steve Jobs on attempts to get Atari and H-P interested in his and Steve Wozniak's personal computer.

The ordinary "horseless carriage" is at present a luxury for the wealthy; and although its price will probably fall in the future, it will never, of course, come into as common use as the bicycle.
      — The Literary Digest, October 14, 1899

That the automobile has practically reached the limit of its development is suggested by the fact that during the past year no improvements of a radical nature have been introduced.
      — Scientific American, January 2, 1909

Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.
      — Lord Kelvin, British mathematician, physicist and president of the British Royal Society, circa 1895

A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make.
      — Response to Debbi Fields' idea of starting Mrs. Fields' Cookies

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

The cinema is little more than a fad. It's canned drama. What audiences really want to see is flesh and blood on the stage.
      — Charlie Chaplin, circa 1916

I'm sorry, Mr. Kipling, but you just don't know how to use the English language.
      — Editor of the "San Francisco Examiner" informing Rudyard Kipling (who had one article published) that he shouldn't submit a second article for publishing, 1889

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