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Consider some of the dumb things people have said through the years:


1859 – "Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to find oil? You’re crazy!" - the employees to Edwin L. Drake before his first successful oil well near Titusville, Penn


1899 – "Everything that can be invented has been invented." Charles H. Duell, U.S. Commissioner of Patents


1903 – "The horse is here to stay, but the automobile is only a novelty, a fad." A president of Michigan Savings Bank advising against investing in Ford Motor Co.


1936 – "I have no political ambitions for myself or my children." Joseph P. Kennedy


1943 – "I think there a world market for maybe five computers." Thomas Watson, President of IBM


1954 – "You ain’t going nowhere son. You ought to go back to driving a truck." Grand Ole Opry’s Jim Denny to Elvis Presley


Nov. 18, 1963 – "For the majority of people, the use of tobacco has a beneficial effect." Dr. Ian G. MacDonald, Los Angeles surgeon, quoted in Newsweek


1977 – "There is no need for any individual to have a computer in their home." Ken Olson, president of Digital Equipment Corporation


1981 – "640k ought to be enough [computer memory] for anybody." Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft


September 9, 2002 – “In matters of public policy and personal transformation most churches are irrelevant.”

Peter Sawtell, Seeker Magazine

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