I was recently searching for inspiration on what to write when I came across a list of creativity and innovation quotes.
What I found the most compelling was the list of creativity killers:
- "Everything that can be invented has been invented."
- Charles H. Duell, Director of the U.S. Patent Office, 1899
- "Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote."
- Grover Cleveland, 1905
- "Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?"
- Harry M. Warner, Warner Bros Pictures, 1927
- "There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom."
- Robert Miliham, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923
- "Heavier than air flying machines are impossible."
-Lord Kelvin, President, Royal Society, 1895
- "Ruth made a big mistake when he gave up pitching."
- Tris Speaker, 1921
- "The horse is here today, but the automobile is only a novelty - a fad."
- President of Michigan Savings Bank advising against investing in the Ford Motor Company
- "Video won't be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first 6 months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night."
- Daryl F. Zanuck, 20th Century Fox, commenting on TV, 1946
- "What use could the company make of an electric toy?"
- Western Union, turning down the rights to the telephone, 1878
Thankfully, each of these people was proved completely wrong by someone who didn't let fear stand in their way. The next time an idea seems bigger then you or the company remember this quote:
"In every work of genius, we recognize our once rejected thoughts."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson