“There is not much demand for animal stories in the U.S.A.” The Dial Press rejecting George Orwell’s offer of the American rights to Animal Farm, 1944.
“A period novel! About the Civil War! Who needs the Civil War now– who cares?” Herbert R. Mayes, turning down a prepublication offer to serialize Margaret Mitchell’s novel Gone with the Wind, 1936.
“He’ll never be any good.” Robert Irsay (owner of the Baltimore Colts), after trading his newly drafted quarterback, John Elway, to the Denver Broncos, 1983.
“We don’t need you. You haven’t got through college yet.” Hewlett-Packard executive, responding to Job’s and Wozniak’s attempts to interest the company in the ‘personal computer’, 1976.
“640k ought to be enough for anybody.” Bill Gates, 1981.
“You ain’t goin’ nowhere… son. You ought to go back to drivin’ a truck.” Jim Denny (manager of the Grand Ole Opry), firing Elvis Presley after one performance, 1954.
“That’s an amazing invention, but who would ever want to use one of them?” President Rutherford B. Hayes after participating in a telephone conversation between Washington and Philadelphia, 1876.
The Experts Speak: The Definitive Compendium of Authoritative Misinformation (1998)