R.F. Simpson: (apropos new sound technology for films) What do you think of it, Dexter?
Rosco: It'll never amount to a thing.
Olga: Its vulgar.
Cosmo: That's what they said about the horseless carriage.
Brain-2-Me-2: Are you pondering what I'm pondering, 3-Pinky-O?
3-Pinky-O: I think so, Brain-2, but a show about two talking lab mice? Heh, it'll never get on the air.
—Pinky and the Brain, "Star Warners"
"Hey, Chon, you're lucky I didn't invest in that ridiculous 'auto-mobile' idea. Yeah, that's gonna make a lot of money."
—Roy O'Bannon, Shanghai Knights
The Boss: Apparently, there are those in the U.S. military who consider camouflage too 'passive' a technique.
Sigint: Yeah, man. A walking tank? That's stupid.
Snake: I know, right? And what kind of name is 'Metal Gear' anyway? It will never catch on.
Sigint: Seriously, man. No one's gonna go with that.
"You would make a ship sail against the winds and currents by lighting a bon-fire under her deck? I have no time for such nonsense."
— Napoleon Bonaparte on the steamship.
"This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication."
— Western Union internal memo, 1876.
"The telephone is a curious device that might fairly find place in the magic of Arabian Tales. Of what use is such an invention?"
—A newspaper reporter, 1876.
"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible."
—Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895.
"I consider machine guns an absurdity in a field army of normal composition."
—Mikhail Ivanovich Dragomirov
"The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius."
"Kid," he said, "someday there'll be 50 hotels here and it'll be the entertainment capital of America." I thought to myself, "No wonder they call him Bugsy."
Can't act. Balding. Dances a little.
—Apocryphal note from Fred Astaire screen test
“A sane person to an insane society must appear insane.”
—Kurt Vonnegut, Welcome to the Monkey House
"I thought for sure it was direct-to-video... it just seemed like such a simple story. Guy looking for his daughter. [mines leafing through a script] Ho hum. Hmm. Ooh, he finds her!"
"There were only two actors that anyone had ever heard of when Next Generation was announced: LeVar Burton and Wil Wheaton, because they were already stars. As you know, there was a famous sign I had outside my trailer door which quoted the very first thing which appeared in the calender section of the Los Angeles Times about me, which described me as, "Unknown Shakespearean actor." And that's what it said outside my trailer door: "Beware: Unknown Shakespearean Actor ""
Ryan: (as gangster, dialing phone) Someday they're gonna invent a phone where you just push buttons.
Colin: You're crazy!
— ''Whose Line Is It Anyway??'
"It seems to me that neither I - nor for that matter anyone else - will be interested in the unbosomings of a thirteen-year-old schoolgirl."
—Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl (June 20, 1942)