Technology Quotes

It’s probably common among people like myself, but I don’t like to read Apple stories or books or see shows.

Even when we were building the Apple II, I wouldn’t let us build a channel 3 transmitter because I’d been a ham radio operator, and you protect the airwaves. You don’t build transmitters.

At Apple, we believe that we have a responsibility to leave the world better than we found it.

The people who were originally interested in computers were hobbyists and tinkerers.

This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us. (Internal memo, 1876)

Good enough for our transatlantic friends… but unworthy of the attention of practical or scientific men. (Regarding Thomas Edison’s light bulb, 1878)

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 of business books, 1957)

Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and reaction and the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react. He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled out daily in high schools. (Regarding Robert Goddard’s revolutionary work, 1921)

The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular? (Associate of radio pioneer David Sarnoff, 1920s)

Very interesting, Whittle, my boy, but it will never work. (Response of Cambridge aeronautical engineering professor, shown Frank Whittle’s plan for a jet engine)