Statements by Famous People

I always like the certainty that people use when thinking that time stands still. Here are a few choice ones:

“Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?” H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927.

“Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You’re crazy.” Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in 1859.

“Everything that can be invented has been invented.” Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899, suggesting that the Patent Office be closed.

Let’s hear some more - Datura

One of my favourite ones is in my signature. There is ood bunch of awesome quotes on WikiQuote.

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

“The supreme irony of life is hardly anyone ever gets out of it alive.”
-Robert Heinlein

“But what … is it good for?” Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.

“Popularity is the one insult I have never suffered.”
-Oscar Wilde


Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949

:footmouth: :-/ :goof:

“i wonder what this button does” – chernobyl janitor

“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”
-Douglas Adams

“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977

“I like pleasure spiked with pain, and music is my aeroplane.” - rhcp

“The difference between politics and baseball is that in baseball, when you get caught stealing, you’re out.”

~ Ron Dentinger

“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself…Franklin D Roosevelt.

“Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau.” Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929.

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em---- : Shakespeare


They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist…
– General John B. Sedgwick, 1864 - last words

“If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss bank.”
-Woody Allen

“If slavery is not wrong , nothing is wrong.”


Letter to A.G. Hodges–1864


Here’s one of my favorites by US Senator John Kerry:

“If you don’t believe … Saddam Hussein is a threat with nuclear weapons, then you shouldn’t vote for me.”