Famous Words

  • “I have always found strangers sexy.”- Hugh Grant, six months before he was arrested with stranger Divine Brown.
  • “I would not wish to be Prime Minister, dear.”- Margaret Thatcher in 1973.
  • “That rainbow song’s no good. Take it out.”- MGM memo after first showing of The Wizard Of Oz.
  • “You’d better learn secretarial skills or else get married.”- Modelling agency, rejecting Marilyn Monroe in 1944.
  • “Radio has no future.”
    “X-rays are clearly a hoax.”
    “The aeroplane is scientifically impossible.”
    – Royal Society president Lord Kelvin, 1897-9.
  • “You ought to go back to driving a truck.”- Concert manager, firing Elvis Presley in 1954.
  • “Forget it. No Civil War picture ever made a nickel.”- MGM executive, advising against investing in Gone With The Wind.
  • “Can’t act. Can’t sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little.”- A film company’s verdict on Fred Astaire’s 1928 screen test.
  • “Very interesting, Whittle, my boy, but it will never work.”- Professor of Aeronautical Engineering at Cambridge, shown Frank Whittle’s plan for the jet engine.
  • “There will be one million cases of AIDS in Britain by 1991.”- World Health Organization in a 1989 report. It over-estimated by 992,301 cases.
  • “The Beatles? They’re on the wane.”- The Duke of Edinburgh in Canada, 1965. They went on to produce a string of Number 1 hits.
  • “The atom bomb will never go off – and I speak as an expert in explosives.”- U.S. Admiral William Leahy in 1945.
  • “All saved from Titanic after collision.”- New York Evening Sun, April 15 1912.
  • “Brain work will cause women to go bald.”- Berlin professor, 1914.
  • “Television won’t matter in your lifetime or mine.”- Radio Times editor Rex Lambert, 1936.
  • “Everything that can be invented has been invented.”- director of the US Patent Office, 1899.
  • “And for the tourist who really wants to get away from it all, safaris in Vietnam.”- Newsweek magazine, predicting popular holidays for the late 1960s.