“Heavier than air flying machines are impossible.”
— Lord Kelvin
“Flight by machines heavier than air is impractical and insignificant, if
not utterly impossible.”
— Simon Newcomb, Director, U.S. Naval Observatory, 1902
“Aerial flight is one of that class of problems with which man will never
be able to cope.”
— Simon Newcomb, 1903
“The resistance of air increases as the square of the speed and works as
the cube [of speed]…. It is clear that with our present devices there
is no hope of aircraft competing for racing speed with either our
locomotives or automobiles.”
— William H. Pickering, Director, Harvard College Observatory, 1910
“The popular mind often pictures gigantic flying machines speeding across
the Atlantic carrying innumerable passengers in a way analogous to our
modern steam ships. . . it seems safe to say that such ideas are wholly
visionary and even if the machine could get across with one or two
passengers the expense would be prohibitive to any but the capitalist who
could use his own yacht.”
— William Henry Pickering, Astronomer, 1910
“A popular fantasy is to suppose that flying machines could
be used to drop dynamite on the enemy in time of war.”
— William H. Pickering, Director, Harvard College Observatory, 1908
“Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.”
— Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de
“The aeroplane is the invention of the devil and will never play any part
in such a serious business as the defence of a nation.”
— Sir Sam Hughes, Canadian Minister of Defence, 1914
“By no possibility can the carriage of freight or passengers through
mid-air compete with their carriage on the earth’s surface. The field
for aerial navigation is then limited to military use and for sporting
purposes. The former is doubtful, the latter is fairly certain.”
— Hugh Dryden, 1908
“The [flying] machines will eventually be fast; they will be used in
sport but they should not be thought of as commercial carriers.”
— Octave Chanute, 1910
Their flight took off. It flew. Still, even afterward, the detractors continued to insist it was impossible, even though they were eye witnesses to it.
Whatever you do, never give up on your dreams. Ignore the people who say it is impossible.
God has been waiting all this time for you to not know how impossible something is.
Go do it.
Follow your dream. It is worth what ever sacrifice it takes. It may be hard, but never ever give up.
Even after you start, lesser people will say it cannot be done.
Just imagine what YOU can do with all that passion in your heart.
God didn’t put it there just so you can ignore it.
Let’s be about it!