Rutherford B. Hayes, U.S. President – The telephone is a great invention but who would want to use it anyway?
Lord Kelvin – Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.
W.C. Heuper, National Cancer Institute – If excessive smoking actually plays a role in the production of lung cancer, it seems to be a minor one.
Dick Rowe, executive in charge of evaluating new talent for the London office of Decca Records, re: signing The Beatles – Not to mince words, Mr. Epstein, but we don’t like your boys’ sound. Groups are out; four-piece groups with guitars particularly are finished.
June 26, 2004
Paul Bremer (after transitioning the govt from the US Coalition Provisional Authority to the Iraqi govt a day early to thwart planned terrorist attacks and before running onto a chopper so he wouldn’t be attacked on the way out) – I leave Iraq gladdened by what has been accomplished and confident your future is full of hope.
May 31, 2010
Tony Hayward, CEO of BP, when asked about the burden of 11 employees of BP dying from an explosion of an oil rig, as well as the big Gulf of Mexico leak, and his having to answer for it, given that he was CEO – I would like my life back.
The Olden Dayz
Mark Twain – Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it.