Quotes by Henry Ford

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Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 April 7, 1947) was the founder of the Ford Motor Company and the Henry Ford Company (which later became Cadillac). He was one of the first to apply assembly line manufacturing to the mass production of affordable automobiles. This achievement not only revolutionized industrial production in the United States and the rest of the world, but also had such tremendous influence over modern culture that many social theorists identify this phase of economic and social history as "Fordism." Some credit him with contributing to the creation of a middle class in American society. more

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Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.
Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.
It is all one to me if a man comes from Sing Sing Prison or Harvard. We hire a man, not his history.
One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do.
Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement.
Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.
There are no big problems, there are just a lot of little problems.
Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn't need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about.
The question Who ought to be boss? is like as Who ought to be the tenor in the quartet? Obviously, the man who can sing tenor.
Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait. The grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas.
You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.
Exercise is bunk. If you are healthy you don't need it. If you are sick you shouldn't take it.
The best we can do is size up the chances, calculate the risks involved, estimate our ability to deal with them, and then make our plans with confidence.
Chop your own wood, and it will warm you twice.
There is no man living who isn't capable of doing more than he thinks he can do.
When I can't handle events, I let them handle themselves.
A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.
The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.
A bore is a person who opens his mouth and puts his feats in it.
He can who thinks he can, and he can't who thinks he can't. This is an inexorable, indisputable law.
Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason so few engage in it.
The object of living is work, experience, and happiness. There is joy in work. All that money can do is buy us someone else's work in exchange for our own. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.
The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do to more for the betterment of life.
I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can't be done.
I cannot discover that anyone knows enough to say definitely what is and what is not possible.
There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: Make the best quality of goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible.
You will find men who want to be carried on the shoulders of others, who think that the world owes them a living. They don't seem to see that we must all lift together and pull together.
Many people think that by hoarding money they are gaining safety for themselves. if money is your ONLY hope for independence, you will never have it. The only real security that a person can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability. Without these qualities, money is practically useless.
There are two fools in this world. One is the millionaire who thinks that by hoarding money he can somehow accumulate real power, and the other is the penniless reformer who thinks that if only he can take the money from one class and give it to another, all the world's ills will be cured.
Don't find fault, find a remedy.
People can have the Model T in any colour so long as its black.
It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.
Money is like an arm or leg -- use it or lose it.
There is no such thing as no chance.
What's right about America is that although we have a mess of problems, we have great capacity, intellect and resources -- to do something about them.
If you think of standardization as the best that you know today, but which is to be improved tomorrow; you get somewhere.
Competition is the keen cutting edge of business, always shaving away at costs.
Speculation is only a word covering the making of money out of the manipulation of prices, instead of supplying goods and services.
Time and money spent in helping men to do more for themselves is far better than mere giving.
An idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous.
If you take all the experience and judgment of men over fifty out of the world, there wouldn't be enough left to run it.
It doesn't matter to me if a man is from Harvard or Sing Sing. We hire the man, not his history.
I do not believe a man can ever leave his business. He ought to think of it by day and dream of it by night.
It is not the employer who pays wages -- he only handles the money. It is the product who pays the wages.
A business that makes nothing but money is a poor kind of business.
Business is never so healthy as when, like a chicken, it must do a certain amount of scratching around for what it gets.
The high wage begins down in the shop. If it is not created there it cannot get into pay envelopes. There will never be a system invented which will do away with the necessity for work.
If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.
The natural thing to do is to work--to recognize that prosperity and happiness can be obtained only through honest effort. Human ills flow largely from attempting to escape from this natural course. . . . I take it for granted that we must work. All that we have done comes as the result of a certain insistence that since we must work it is better to work intelligently and forehandedly; that the better we do our work the better off we shall be.
People are utterly wrong in their slant upon things. They see the successes that men have made and somehow they appear to be easy. But that is a world away from the facts. It is failure that is easy. Success is always hard. A man can fail in ease; he can succeed only by paying out all that he has and is. It is this which makes success so pitiable a thing if it be in lines that are not useful and uplifting.
I noticed a tendency among many men in business to feel that their lot was hard--they worked against a day when they might retire and live on an income--get out of the strife. Life to them was a battle to be ended as soon as possible. That was another point I could not understand, for as I reasoned, life is not a battle except with our own tendency to sag with the downpull of "getting settled.". . . Life, as I see it, is not a location, but a journey. Even the man who most feels himself "settled" is not settled--he is probably sagging back. Everything is in flux, and was meant to be. Life flows. We may live at the same number of the street, but it is never the same man who lives there.
Most of us are doing two things--that by which the body is kept alive, and that by which the higher part of our nature lives. We go to the job to pay expenses and then we indulge ourselves in what we like to do and maybe are meant to do. The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what it is one's destiny to do, and then do it.
I draw a plan and work out every detail on the plan before starting to build. For otherwise one will waste a great deal of time in makeshifts as the work goes on and the finished article will not have coherence. It will not be rightly proportioned. Many inventors fail because they do not distinguish between planning and experimenting.