Quotes: It Will Never Catch On


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They all laughed at Christopher Columbus when he said the world was round
They all laughed when Edison recorded sound
They all laughed at Wilbur and his brother when they said that man could fly
They told Marconi wireless was a phony, it's the same old cry
Shall We Dance (1937), "They All Laughed"

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.
Roy O'Bannon, Shanghai Knights

The Boss: Apparently, there are those in the U.S. military who consider camouflage too 'passive' a technique.
Snake: Morons.

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.
*BA-DUM TSH!*

Ryan: (as gangster, dialing phone) Someday they're gonna invent a phone where you just push buttons.
Colin: You're crazy!

So much for this automobile of yours. If this is the future, God help us all. ... I can walk faster than this piece of shit! Give me a horse anyday!
John Marston, Red Dead Redemption

    real life 

Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.

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.

Movies are a fad. Audiences really want to see live actors on a stage.

People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box all night.
Darryl F. Zanuck, President of 20th Century Fox, declining to invest in the television set

Huh. Another new game.
—-Frank Mahan, upon hearing of Basketball

If Einstein's equation and Aston's curve are even roughly correct, as I'm sure they are, for Dr. Cameron and I have computed with their aid the maximum energy evolved in radioactive change and found it to check well with observation, then this supposition of an energy evolution through the disintegration of the common elements is from the one point of view a childish Utopian dream, and from the other a foolish bugaboo.
Robert Andrews Millikan, on nuclear fission

I consider machine guns an absurdity in a field army of normal composition.
Mikhail Ivanovich Dragomirov

'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.'
Alan King

Can't act. Balding. Dances a little.
—Apocryphal note from Fred Astaire screen test

An agent had suggested Ronald Reagan for the lead. We all had a good laugh. He was by no means a bad actor, but he would hardly be convincing, I said with the eerie prescience which has earned me the title the American Nostradamus, as a presidential candidate.
Gore Vidal on The Best Man

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

Get your feet off my desk. Get out of here. You stink. And we're not going to buy your product.
Joe Keenan, President of Atari, responding to Steve Jobs' offer to sell him the rights to Apple

The whole conception is flawed at the top because people don't read anymore.
Steve Jobs discussing the Kindle

My favorite review described me as the cinematic equivalent of junk mail. I don't know what that means, but it sounds like a dig.

I thought for sure it was direct-to-video... it just seemed like such a simple story. Guy looking for his daughter. [mimes leafing through a script] Ho hum. Hmm. Ooh, he finds her!
Liam Neeson on Taken, 60 Minutes

We were driving through the Kent countryside, and my mum was reading the paper. She said 'oooh, they're going to change Doctor Who. It's going to be Tom Baker next'. And I remember being absolutely outraged. How dare they change the Doctor! How dare they turn Jon Pertwee into Tom Baker! He'll be rubbish!

No one had much faith in me because I was so young. They imagined a little brat with a flash-in-the-pan single.

They said of casting David Tennant as Casanova, 'Damn, you should have cast someone sexier'. With Benedict Cumberbatch, we were told the same thing. 'You promised us a sexy Sherlock, not him.'

I'm told there is a visitor for me, and it's Patrick Stewart, who I'd not seen in years. Patrick told me, 'I'm doing a science fiction thing.' I asked him what and he told me Star Trek and I told him, 'Oh no, not that hackneyed thing!' And he responded, 'Well, it will be a nice little pension for me.'

Overall reactions to this pilot were not very favorable. Interest in the show was very narrow.

Fans, don't even think about changing the channel, because we've learned that at our competition, Mick Foley, who used to wrestle here as Cactus Jack, is going to win their world title! Heh, that'll put butts in the seats.
Tony Schiavone announcing WCW Monday Nitro, January 4th, 1999note 

The final shot of the CSM walking amongst the alien artefacts that are tucked away at the Pentagon is a real appetite whetter. Imagine if this really was a standalone TV movie; the untapped potential would have been an extraordinary waste....There is something a little off about the chemistry between Anderson and Duchovny at some points in the first episode his performance screams of trying to enjoy this for as long as it lasts and hers occasionally tips into 'what am I doing here?' How little they both knew that this was going to change their lives.
Joe Ford on The X-Files, "Pilot"

It was obvious that things weren't going to change for the mid-carders, and any of them able to get out of the promotion was doing just that. On June 30 [1999], Chris Jericho signed with the WWF. In the six months prior to his contract signing, WCW had made very little effort to retain him... Many of the wrestlers in WCW were upset, because Jericho was well liked, and they couldn't believe the company wouldn't offer him a good deal while it was throwing money away on limos, Humvees, fired NBA stars and rappers Instead, Chris Jericho, who had always been told that he was too small, couldn't sell tickets, and wasn't a ratings draw, made his debut later that summer in a confrontation with the Rock and helped Raw obliterate Nitro in the ratings that evening by over four points.
R. D. Reynolds and Bryan Alvarez, The Death of WCW

Interesting fact from IMDb is that Bruce Jenner turned down the role of Superman. On behalf of everyone everywhere I say thank you Bruce because you suck. You may not suck as bad as the rest of the cast, but that is like saying you are the least annoying character in a Rob Schneider movie. Guess what, you still suck.

Connery just quit movies after this one, which he only agreed to do because he was bitter over turning down a part called "Gandalf" in a movie about midgets or some shit...a decision that cost him $450 million dollars — the guy could have his own tropical island nation today if he had just asked someone else, 'Hey, is this Tolkien guy any good?' But then the money gods who had favored him for so many decades pitied him and gave him another chance: They also offered him a role in The Matrix, though he hasn't confirmed which one. Once again Connery couldn't make heads or tails of it and turned it down, and once again the movie went on to make big bucks.

"2013 Grammys" Todd: Does anyone really care about John Legend? I mean, I didn't even know he had a song out this year, uh... Did you?
"2 Months Later" Todd: GOD DAMN MOTHER—! HOW AM I SO BAD AT THIS? Just once I want to saying something doesn't matter and have it not matter!
Todd in the Shadows on "All of Me"