Unquotable quotes

“Everything that can be invented has been invented.”

-Pierre Pachet,Professor of Physiology at Toulouse,1872.

“640K ought to be enough for anybody.”

-Bill Gates,1981

“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.”

-Ken Olson,president,chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp.,1977

“Who the hell wants to hear actors talk.”

-H.M.Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927.

“We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.”

-Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.

“Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You’re crazy.”

-Drillers whom Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in 1859.

“Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau.”

-Irving Fisher,Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929.

“Louis Pasteur’s theory of germs is ridiculous fiction.”

-Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872.

“But what … is it good for?”

-Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Divison of IBM,1968,commenting on the microchip.

“Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.”

-Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949

“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.

“I think there is a world market of maybe five computers.”

-Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM,1943.

“Correctly English in 100 Days”

-Title from an East Asian book for beginning English speakers.

“India is the finest climate under the sun; but a lot of young fellows come out here,and they drink and they eat,and they drink and die;and then they write home to the their parents a pack of lies,and say it’s the climate that has killed them.”

– Sir Collin Campbell, British officer charged by British War Department to report on morale problems with the British Army in India.

“It is curious to observe the various substitutes for paper before its invention.”

-Isaac D’Israeli, noted author.

“You’re partly one hundred percent right.”

-movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn.

“I never put on a pair of shoes until I’ve worn them for five years.”

-movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn.

“The best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep.”

-attributed to Senator S.I.Hayakawa

“I usually take a two     -hour nap, from one o’clock to four.”

-Yogi Berra.

“I didn’t inhale.”

-Bill Clinton, as Democratic presidential candidate, answering rumors that he had smoked marijuana.

“I’m not indecisive. Am I indecisive?

-Jim Seibel, mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota.

“Sir, you have tasted two whole worms; you have hissed all my mystery lectures and been caught fighting liars in the quad, you will leave Oxford by the next town drain.”

-Rev. William A. Spooner telling a student to leave his class for nonattendance and lighting fires; his classic spoonerism

“A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.”

-movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn.

“The bombs are aimed exclusively at military targets….Unfortunately there are some civilians around these targets.”

-Dwight D. Eisenhower,standing up for the way the United States was handling bombing in North Vietnam.

“Don’t talk to me while I’m interrupting.”

-director Michael Curtiz.

“Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.”

-Yogi Berra.

“I love sports. Whenever I can I always watch the Detriot Tigers on radio.”

-President Gerald Ford.

“The time is here, and is rapidly approaching.”

-William Field, Member of Parliament.

Tom Seaver: “What time is it?”

Yogi Berra: “You mean now?”

Pepsi brings your ancestors back from the grave.

-ad slogan “Pepsi Comes Alive” as initially translated in to Chinese.

“It gets late early out there.”

-Yogi Berra.

“Brooks Robinson is not a fast man, but his arms and legs move very quickly.”

-Curt Gowd, network sports announcer

“Mr. Speaker, this bill is a phony with a capital F.”

-congressman durng a heated congressional debate.

“It was necessary to destroy the village in order to save it.”

-an American officer in Vietnam in a 1968 report on the razing of Vietnamese village Ben Tre.

Members and Non     -Members Only.

-sign outside Mexico’s Mandinga Disco in the Hotel Emperio.

“It’s dull from beginning to end. But it’s loaded with entertainment.”

– Michael Curtiz, Hollywood Director, on a musical.

“That lowdown scoundrel deserves to be kicked to death by a jackass      – and I’m just the one to do it.”

-a congressional candidate in Texas, reported by Massachusetts State Senator John F. Parker .

“I never said I had no idea about most of the things you said I said I had no idea about.”

-Elliott Abrams, Assistant Secretary of State, clarifying himself before a 1987 congressional meeting.

“I introduce to you Reverend Father McFadden known all over the world, and other places besides.”

-introduction in Parliament, ninteenth century.

“I suppose you think that on our board half the directors do the work and the other half do nothing. As a matter of fact, gentlemen, the reverse is the case.”

-a chairman of the board of a prominent company defending his fellow directors.

“Due to an administrative error, the original of the attached letter was forwarded to you. A new original has been accomplished and forwarded to AAC/JA (Alaskan Air Command, Judge Advocate office). Please place this carbon copy in your files and destroy the original.”

-a memo from the Alaska Air Command, February 1973.

“They gave me a standing observation.”

– ex     -Houston Oiler and Florida State coach Bill Peterson.

“You’re a parasite for sore eyes.”

-attributed to actor/director Gregory Ratoff.

“If at any time I change my address when I notify you I hope you will be so kind as to change also.”

-letter from a reader renewing his subscription, received by the business manager of Motor News.

“You always write it’s bombing, bombing, bombing. It’s not bombing, it’s air support.”

-U. S. Air Force Colonel David Opfer, air attache in Cambodia, complaining to reporters about their coverage of the Vietnam War.

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