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Quotes

Sometimes our words come back to haunt us. These quotes show how one slip of the tongue can echo a lifetime (not to mention bringing smiles to the masses).

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The President has kept all the promises he intended to keep.
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George Stephanopolous

"The President has kept all of the promises he intended to keep." (Clinton aide George Stephanopolous speaking on Larry King Live)

"We're going to turn this team around 360 degrees." (Jason Kidd, upon his drafting to the Dallas Mavericks)

"I'm not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers. We are the President." (Hillary Clinton commenting on the release of subpoenaed documents)

"When more and more people are thrown out of work, unemployment results." (Former U.S. President Calvin Coolidge)

"The loss of life will be irreplaceable." (Former U.S. Vice-President Dan Quayle on the San Francisco earthquake)

"That lowdown scoundrel deserves to be kicked to death by a jackass, and I'm just the one to do it." (A congressional candidate in Texas)

"When I have been asked during these last weeks who caused the riots and the killing in L.A., my answer has been direct and simple: Who is to blame for the riots? The rioters are to blame. Who is to blame for the killings? The killers are to blame." (Former U.S. Vice-President Dan Quayle on the Los Angeles Riots)

"Things are more like they are now than they ever were before." (Former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower)

"A billion here, a billion there, sooner or later it adds up to real money." (Everett Dirksen)

"A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on." (Samuel Goldwyn)

"Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child." (Former U.S. Vice-President Dan Quayle on Republican family values)

"I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves." (John Wayne)

"Half this game is ninety percent mental." (Philadelphia Phillies manager Danny Ozark)

"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it." (Former U.S. Vice-President Dan Quayle)

"Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind." (General William Westmoreland)

"What a waste it is to lose one's mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is." (Former U.S. Vice-President Dan Quayle at a fundraising event for the United Negro College Fund--he was attempting to quote the line "a mind is a terrible thing to waste.")

"If you let that sort of thing go on, your bread and butter will be cut right out from under your feet." (Former British foreign minister Ernest Bevin)

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I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.
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Thomas Watson, 1943

"I love California. I practically grew up in Phoenix." (Former U.S. Vice-President Dan Quayle)

"I stand by all the misstatements that I've made." (Former U.S. Vice-President Dan Quayle)

"There's no such thing as a tough child--if you parboil them first for seven hours, they always come out tender." (W.C. Fields)

"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." (Popular Mechanics, 1949)

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." (Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943)

"I have traveled 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." (The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957)

"But what ... is it good for?" (Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip)

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." (Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977)

"This '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)

"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?" (David Sarnoff's associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s)

"The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C,' the idea must be feasible." (A Yale University management professor in response to Fred Smith's paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)

"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?" (H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927)

"A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make." (Response to Debbi Fields' idea of starting Mrs. Fields' Cookies)

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We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.
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Decca Recording Co., rejecting the Beatles, 1962

"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out." (Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962)

"Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau." (Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929)

"Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value." (Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre)

"Everything that can be invented has been invented." (Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899)

"The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives." (Admiral William Leahy, US Atomic Bomb Project)

"This fellow Charles Lindbergh will never make it. He's doomed." (Harry Guggenheim, millionaire aviation enthusiast)

"Man will never reach the moon regardless of all future scientific advances." (Dr. Lee De Forest, inventor of the vacuum tube and father of television)

"If excessive smoking actually plays a role in the production of lung cancer, it seems to be a minor one." (Dr. W.C. Heuper of the National Cancer Institute, as quoted in the New York Times on April 14, 1954)

"For the majority of people, smoking has a beneficial effect." (Dr. Ian G. Macdonald, Los Angeles surgeon, quoted in Newsweek, November 8, 1963)


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