1) What looks like a permanently high plateau. - Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, USA, October 16, 1929.
2) King George 111 said in 1773, that the American colonies had little stomach for revolution. UK
3) Louis Pasteur’s theory of germs is ridiculous fiction. - Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, France 1872.
4) Airplanes are interesting toys, but they have no military value. - Marshal Ferdinand Foch, France, in 1911. [He may have been wrong in this case but at the Treaty of Versailles, 1919, which ended the 1st World War, he said accurately, ‘This is not a peace, it is only an armistice for the next 20 years.’ The 2nd World War broke out in 1939.
5) It will be years - not in my time - before a woman will become Prime Minister.- Margaret Thatcher, 1974 [Prime Minister, UK, 1979-1990]
6) It doesn't matter what he does, he will never amount to anything.- Albert Einstein’s teacher to his father, 1895.
7) Theoretically, television may be feasible, but I consider it an impossibility; a development which we should waste little time dreaming about. - Lee de Forest, 1926, inventor of the cathode ray tube.
8) In 1939, The New York Times said the problem of TV was that people had to glue their eyes to a screen, and that the average American wouldn’t have time for it.
9) I have travelled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won’t last out the year. - Editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957.
10) We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out. - Decca Recording Company. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.