Innovative Thinking – I Still Can’t Believe It – Blog 056

I Can’ Believe It


I could sense that you like the “I Can’t Believe It” quotes, so here’s a few more.


”Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.”

-Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895


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

-Thomas Watson, chairman and founder of IBM, 1943


“There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home.”

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


“The 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


“Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.”

-Marshal Ferdinand Foch, French commander of Allied

forces during the close of World War I, 1918


“The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in


-David Sarnoff’s associates, in response to his urgings for investment in radio in the 1920’s


“Everything that can be invented has been invented.”

-Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, US Office of Patents, 1899


“Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?”

-Harry M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927





Lon Safko
Serial Innovator, Keynote Speaker, Trainer, Innovative Thinking


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