From “Foolish words, the most stupid words ever spoken” by Laura Ward.
From the history section:
There cannot always be fresh fields of conquest by the knife…That we have already, if not quite, reached these final limits, there can be little question. The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will be forever shut from the intrusion of the wise and human surgeon. Sir John Eric Erichsen, British surgeon (later appointed Surgeon Extraordinary to Queen Victoria) in 1873
Aujourd’hui, rien (today, nothing). Diary entry from Louis XVI, King of france, on 14 July 1789-the day the Bastille was stormed
When the Paris Exhibition closes, electric light will close with it and no more will be heard of it. Professor Erasmus Wilson of Oxford University, 1878