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Cornelius Vanderbilt, President of the New York Central Railroad, received a letter from George Westinghouse, an unknown engineer who claimed to have devised an automatic air brake. Vanderbilt turned him down arbitrarily, returning the letter with this message written upon it:

"I have no time to waste on fools. Cornelius Vanderbilt."

In a relatively short time Westinghouse achieved enormous success with the invention, which he developed with the Pennsylvania Railroad. Vanderbilt then wrote him a letter, asking to meet him. Back came the reply, written on the bottom of Vanderbilt's own letter:

"I have no time to waste on fools. George Westinghouse."