Gary Cooper, after turning down the lead role in Gone With The Wind:
"I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling on his face and not Gary Cooper."

Response to Debbi Fields' idea of Mrs. Fields' Cookies:
"Market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make."

Hewlett Packard excuse to Steve Jobs, who founded Apple Computers instead:
"We don't need you. You haven't got through college yet."

Admiral William Leahy, U.S. Atomic Bomb Project:
"The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives."

Lee DeForest, inventor:
"While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially it is an impossibility."

Marechal Ferdinand Fock, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre:
"Airplanes are interesting toys, but they are of no military value whatsoever."

Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929:
"Stocks have reached a permanently high plateau."

U.S. Secretary of Navy, December 4, 1941:
"No matter what happens, the U.S. Navy is not going to be caught napping."

William Thomson, Lord Kelvin English scientist, 1899:
"Radio has no future. Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible. X-rays will prove to be a hoax."