Why never to say: “It couldn’t happen” “It’s not possible”

I’m reading in my Creative Thinking book this morning. I just wanted to share with you a few quotes from people who believed certain things were not possible. I laughed. I hope you will too. Never give up on something. Allow criticism to empower you as opposed to defeat you. Clearly, anything is possible.

“What use could the company make of an electrical toy?”- Western Unions rejection of the telephone in 1878

“The [atom] bomb will never go off, and I speak as an expert in explosives.”-Vannevar Bush, presidential adviser, 1945

“You ain’t goin’ nowhere, son. You ought to go back to driving a truck.”- Denny, Grand Ole Opry manager, firing Elvis Presley after one performance, 1954

“The actual building of roads devoted to motor cars is not for the near future in spite of many rumors to that effect.”- 1902 article in Harper’s Weekly

“Space travel is utter bilge.”- British astronomer Dr. R. Woolsey, 1958

“So many centuries after the Creation, it is unlikely that anyone could find hitherto unknown lands of any value.”- the advisory committee to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, before Columbus’s voyage in 1492

Among the really difficult problems of the world, [the Arab-Israeli conflict is] one of the simplest and most manageable.” – Walter Lippman, newspaper columnist, 1948

Quotes were found in Creative Thinking by John Chaffee. Tenth Edition


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