Top 10 All-Time Stupid Quotes

This school year, Dayton is reading and interacting with a book titled, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.  On pages 7 and 8 of the accompanying workbook is found the following list. I suspect there are many other deserving quotes for this list, but these are all notable. The context for this list in the book is a section on “Paradigms and Principles.” The list is part of an introductory segue into the kinds of things teens may say to themselves as part of their personal paradigm of how they see themselves  (self-esteem/self-awareness issues) and the “stupid quotes” that teens may falsely believe about themselves.

Even though this is a book aimed at teens, the material is not far removed from practical value for adults too. After all the book does not aim to help teens be teens but rather help teens mature into adulthood. As adults we can easily fall into habits that we should avoid just as much as teens should avoid them. We often limit our potential and out outlook on life through the ever-lurking “I cannot’s” and “that’ll never happen’s” and “if only’s” that are sometimes just ways of thinking that have been ingrained in our thinking since our childhood. We know this is true that we can and sometimes this. The quotes on this list were all statements made by adults, many of them successful, wealthy, in positions of authority, and even in quite powerful and influential positions.

I think that sometimes we could all use an introspective “personal paradigm check.”

Here is the list:

Top 10 All-Time Stupid Quotes:

10 “There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home.”

KENNETH OLSEN, PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER OF DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION, IN 1977

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9 “Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.”

MARSHAL FERDINAND FOCH, FRENCH MILITARY STRATEGIST AND FUTURE WORLD WAR I COMMANDER, IN 1911

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8 “[Man will never reach the moon] regardless of all future scientific advances.”

DR. LEE DE FOREST, INVENTOR OF THE AUDION TUBE AND FATHER OF RADIO, ON FEBRUARY 25, 1967

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7 “[Television] won’t be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.”

DARRYL F. ZANUCK, HEAD OF 20TH CENTURY—FOX, IN 1946

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6 “We don’t like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out.”

DECCA RECORDS REJECTING THE BEATLES, IN 1962

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5 “For the majority of people, the use of tobacco has a beneficial effect.”

DR. IAN G. MACDONALD, LOS ANGELES SURGEON, AS QUOTED IN NEWSWEEK, NOVEMBER 18, 1969

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4 “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, IN 1876

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3 “The earth is the center of the universe.”

PTOLEMY, THE GREAT EGYPTIAN ASTRONOMER, IN THE SECOND CENTURY

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2 “Nothing of importance happened today.”

WRITTEN BY KING GEORGE III OF ENGLAND ON JULY 4, 1776

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1 “Two years from now, spam will be solved.”

BILL GATES, WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM, 2004

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