Food for thought

November 3, 2008 Leave a comment

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If we ever allow private banks to control our currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”
Thomas Jefferson 1802



A Nobel Peace Prize? I would kill for one of those.

I’m learning that criticism is not nearly as effective as sabotage.

I always win. Except when I lose, but then I just don’t count it.

Quitters never win, and winners never quit, but those who never quit and never win are idiots.

To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.

A conclusion is simply the place where you got tired of thinking.

Where the needs of the world and your talents cross, there lies your vocation.

Wisdom doesn’t automatically come with old age. Nothing does – except wrinkles. It’s true, some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place.

The best way to predict the future is to define it your self.

After all is said and done, more is said than done.

I am not anti-social, I’m just not user friendly.

Save time… see it my way.

Infamous Statements


“What, sir, would you make a ship sail against the wind and currents by lighting a bonfire under her deck? I pray you, excuse me, I have not the time to listen to such nonsense.”
Napoleon Bonaparte – 1800s

“Rail travel at high speed is not possible, because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia.”
Dr Dionysius Lardner – 1830s

“A man has been arrested in New York for attempting to extort funds from ignorant and superstitious people by exhibiting a device which he says will convey the human voice any distance over metallic wires so that it will be heard by the listener at the other end. He calls this instrument a telephone. Well-informed people know that it is impossible to transmit the human voice over wires.”
New York Times – 1868

The Light Bulb… “Everyone acquainted with the subject will recognize it as a conspicuous failure”
Henry Morton – 1880

“We are probably nearing the limit of all we can know about astronomy.”
Simon Newcomb – 1888

“The automobile is only a novelty, the horse is here to stay”
The president Michigan Savings Bank- 1903

“Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.”
Marechal Foch, Professor of Strategy – 1904

The Tank… “The idea that cavalry will be replaced by these iron coaches is absurd. It is little short of treasonous.”
Aide-de-camp – 1916

The Radio… “The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to no one in particular?”
David Sarnoff – 1921

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

“To place a man in a multi-stage rocket and project him into the controlling gravitational field of the moon where the passengers can make scientific observations, perhaps land alive, and then return to earth – all that constitutes a wild dream worthy of Jules Verne. I am bold enough to say that such a man-made voyage will never occur regardless of all future advances.”
Lee DeForest – 1926

“There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will.” Albert Einstein – 1932

“Atomic energy might be as good as our present-day explosives, but it is unlikely to produce anything very much more dangerous.”
Winston Churchill – 1939

“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 – 1957

The microprocessor… “But what… is it good for?”
Robert Lloyd IBM – 1968

“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.”
Ken Olson Digital Equipment Corp – 1977

“640K ought to be enough for anybody”
Bill Gates Microsoft – 1981