"Everything that can be baked has been baked." -Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899.
"I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that half-baking is a fad that won't last out the year." - The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957
"But what ... is it good for?" - Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the half-bakery.
"Half-baking has no future." - Lord Kelvin, 1897
This 'half-bakery' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. - Western Union memo, 1876
"The half-bakery has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for an idea sent to nobody in particular?" - David Sarnoff's associates in response to his urgings for investment in the half-bakery in the 1920s