Ok, I can't resist. How about:

"Mission Accomplished"
--George Bush, on Iraq (

More seriously, I was going to submit Bill Gates' famous quote that "640K ought to be enough for anybody," but apparently he denies ever saying that (

Heather Ganshorn
Health Information Network Librarian
Alberta Children's Hospital
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Sent: May 7, 2008 12:09 PM
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Subject: Need leadership quotes - those who made famously poor statements

This is an unusual request but I need quotes from people who made negative or inaccurate statements regarding something now well known.  I know that is an odd request but I have given examples below.  It is for a leadership seminar:

Here are some examples:
"The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a C, the idea must be feasible"
                            -Yale University business professor on Fred Smith's senior thesis, which eventually became FedEx (1966)
"Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote"
                            -Grover Cleveland (1905)
"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?"
                            -Harry Warner, Warner Brothers Pictures (1927)
"The Internet will catastrophically collapse in 1996"
                            -Robert Metcalfe, 3Com founder, coinvented the Ethernet (1995)

I know that there are more quotes like these out there but I can't seem to find many.  I know there is one out there about Marilyn Monroe being a bad actress or something like that and there must be more along those lines but I am not finding them.

Can anyone help?

Please reply directly to me.



Annette Campbell, MLIS
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