Funny motivation quotes to help you smile, and keep going!
Funny Motivational Quotes: the Arts
Funny motivational quotes about cinema
Who the hell wants to hear actors talk? -- H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927
This was Harry Warner’s dismissive reaction to his younger brother Sam’s idea of making a “talking picture.”
Originally, motion pictures were silent, with musical accompaniment provided by a live orchestra. When the financially struggling Warner Brothers made The Jazz Singer in 1927—the first feature-length motion-picture with synchronized dialogue sequences—it gave birth to movies as we know them today.
Oh, and The Jazz Singer put Warner Brothers securely on the map, producing an astounding profit for those days of $3.5 million. So when Harry ate his words, he could do so in style!
Can't act. Slightly bald. Also dances. -- The first reaction from RKO Pictures to a Fred Astaire screen test, 1932
To make matters worse, David O. Selznick, who had signed Astaire to RKO and commissioned the test, stated in a memo, “I am uncertain about the man, but I feel, in spite of his enormous ears and bad chin line, that his charm is so tremendous that it comes through even on this wretched test.”
Despite his shaky start, Fred Astaire went on to dance, sing and charm his way into the public’s heart in 31 top box-office musical films.
And he could act—as his 1974 Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination proved. His film career spanned 48 years, establishing him forever as a shining star of the Silver Screen. The American Film Institute named him the 5th Greatest Male Star of All Time.
So don’t take on board every negative comment you hear about yourself!
Check out this video to see and appreciate the awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping choreography and dancing talent of Fred Astaire!
We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out. -- Decca Recording Company executive explaining his label’s decision not to sign the Beatles, 1962
Oops! The Beatles found another recording company (EMI) and went on to become one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of pop music. They were also the leaders of a youth-culture movement that changed the world, forever.
The fact that these things occurred to the mind of Mr. Eliot is surely of the very smallest importance to anyone, even to himself. They certainly have no relation to poetry. -- The Times Literary Supplement review of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot, 1917
Eliot, a U.S.-born British poet, playwright, literary critic and publisher, later received the 1948 Nobel Prize for Literature, for his “outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry."
That’s pretty important!
So if you get a bad review of your work—even a very public one—shrug it off, and keep going!
I think there is a world market for maybe five computers. -- Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943
There are currently somewhere between one and two billion computers on Planet Earth. More than 41 million have already been sold this year at the time of writing this page (February, 2010). And that’s just personal computers...
Think big, not small, seems to be the moral of this story!
A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make. --Response to Debbi Fields about her proposal to start Mrs. Fields’ Cookies
Undeterred, Debbi and her husband opened their first store in 1977, in California, selling homemade-style cookies that quickly grew in popularity.
Today, through its franchisees’ retail stores, Mrs. Fields Famous Brands is one of the largest retailers of freshly baked, on-premises specialty cookies and brownies in the U.S.
Funny motivational quote about... data processing?!
I have travelled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won’t last out the year. -- The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957
For those right-brained types among you (like me!) data processing means analyzing or converting data into usable information. When I Googled “data processing jobs,” almost 25 million sites came up.
The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a C, the idea must be feasible. -- A management professor at Yale, commenting to student Fred Smith on his paper, proposing the creation of a reliable overnight delivery service, 1965
Not feasible, huh? In 1971, at age 27, Fred Smith founded Federal Express, which started overnight operations in 1973. And he kept it going, even when things looked very bleak for his company.
Currently, the FedEx Express cargo airline is the world's largest airline in terms of freight tons flown, and the world's second largest in terms of fleet size. The FedEx Corporation delivers packages and freight to more than 375 destinations in nearly every country, every day.
And you can bet that Fred earns much more than a C!
The radio music box scheme has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular? -- David Sarnoff, responding to advisors urging him to invest in radio, 1916
The first radio broadcast came in the U.S. in 1920, with the transmission of election returns in Pennsylvania. By 1923, more than 500 broadcasting stations offered organized “radiotelephone services.” They sent out scheduled programs of music, lectures, news bulletins and other recreational and informative material to well over 2 million listeners.
And Sarnoff? He went on to change his mind and become a major mover and shaker in the business of American radio and TV.
Good move. An estimated six billion radios exist in the world today.
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, 1876
After Scottish-born Canadian Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone in 1876, Bell and his two partners offered to sell the patent outright to Western Union for $100,000.
Back in those days, Western Union had the monopoly of the telegraph system, the established means of distance communication for some 30 years.
Although highly successful, the telegraph, with its dot-and-dash Morse code, was limited. Time soon showed that "talk with electricity" far outweighed anything that simply increasing the capability of a dot-and-dash system had to offer.
Just two years later, the president of Western Union told colleagues that if he could get the patent for $25 million he would think it a bargain.
As of the end of 2008, there were about four billion mobile and 1.27 billion fixed-line phones in the world…
But what... is it good for? -- Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, expressing his evaluation of the microchip
The microchip, conceived in the U.S. in 1958, eventually revolutionized the world of electronics. Today’s computing, communication, manufacturing and transport systems all depend on the integrated electrical circuits in tiny silicon microchips.
Without the chip, we wouldn’t have personal computers, cell phones, calculators, Global Positioning Systems (or Sat Nav, if you’re in the U.K.), to name but a few convenient technologies.