Quotes by Henry Ford
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Wikipedia Summary for Henry Ford
Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947) was an American industrialist, business magnate, and founder of the Ford Motor Company and chief developer of the assembly line technique of mass production. By creating the first automobile that middle-class Americans could afford, he converted the automobile from an expensive curiosity into an accessible conveyance that profoundly impacted the landscape of the 20th century.
His introduction of the Ford Model T automobile revolutionized transportation and American industry. As the Ford Motor Company owner, he became one of the richest and best-known people in the world. He is credited with "Fordism": mass production of inexpensive goods coupled with high wages for workers. Ford had a global vision, with consumerism as the key to peace. His intense commitment to systematically lowering costs resulted in many technical and business innovations, including a franchise system that put dealerships throughout North America and major cities on six continents. Ford left most of his vast wealth to the Ford Foundation and arranged for his family to permanently control it.
Ford was also widely known for his pacifism during the first years of World War I, and for promoting antisemitic content, including The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, through his newspaper The Dearborn Independent, and the book The International Jew.
Failure is just a resting place. It is an opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history we make today.
Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages.
Wealth, like happiness, is never attained when sought after directly. It comes as a by-product of providing a useful service.
History is more or less bunk.
Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.
Don't find fault, find a remedy.
Don't find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain.
Change is not always progress. A fever of newness has everywhere been confused with the spirit of progress.
A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.
Competition whose motive is merely to compete, to drive some other fellow out, never carries very far. The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time.
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.
When everything seems to be going against you,
remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.
If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person's point of view and see things from his angle as well as your own.
Wars do not end wars any more than an extraordinarily large conflagration does away with the fire hazard.
The time will come when man will know even what is going on in the other planets and perhaps be able to visit them.
The most dangerous notion a young man can acquire is that there is no more room for originality. There is no large room for anything else.
The great need of the world has always been for leaders. With more leaders we could have more industry. More industry, more employment and comfort for all.
Unless you have courage, a courage that keeps you going,
always going, no matter what happens, there is no
certainty of success. It is really an endurance race.
The human mind is a channel through which things-to-be are coming into the realm of things-that-are .
Three rules: I do not eat too much; I do not worry too much; and, if I do my best, I believe that what happens, happens for the best.
Nothing can be made except by makers, nothing can be managed except by managers. Money cannot make anything and money cannot manage anything.
Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government
take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian.
There should be no unemployment. There is large percentage of labor now which cannot make a living because wages are not high enough. That is industry's 2nd job. 1st job is to make good product. 2nd pay a good wage.
There is fuel in every bit of vegetable matter that can be fermented. There's enough alcohol in one year's yield of an acre of potatoes to drive the machinery necessary to cultivate the fields for a hundred years.
Success is a matter of adjusting one's efforts to obstacles and one's abilities to a service needed by others.
A big business never becomes big by being a narrow society looking after only the interests of its organization and stockholders.
Work mixed with management becomes not only easier but more profitable. The time is past when anyone can boast about 'hard work' without having a corresponding result to show for it.
Our country is still young and its potential is still enormous. We should remember, as we look toward the future, that the more fully we believe in and achieve freedom and equal opportunity -- not simply for ourselves but for others -- the greater our accomplishments as a nation will be.
You can take my factories, burn up my buildings, but give me my people and I'll build the business right back again.
I found that competition was supposed to be a menace and that a good manager circumvented his competitors by getting a monopoly by artificial means.
If it is 'anti-Semitism' to say that communism in the United States is Jewish, so be it; but to the unprejudiced mind it will look very much like Americanism. Communism all over the world, not in Russia only, is Jewish.
The best way is always the simplest. The attics of the world are cluttered up with complicated failures.
If someone betrays you once, it is his fault. If he betrays you twice, it is your fault. Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves, they will never cease to be amused. Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.
Machines were devised not to do a man out of a job, but to take the heavy labor from man's back and place it on the broad back of the machine.
To live a great life, you must believe in yourself. Let these quotes help you to create a mindset for believing in yourself... Those who believe they can do something and those who believe they can't are both right.
The way to learn to do things is to do things. The way to learn a trade is to work at it. Success teaches how to succeed. Begin with the determination to succeed, and the work is half done already.
Any decision you make isn't worth a tinkers damn until you have formed the habit of making and keeping it.
An educated man is not one whose memory is trained to carry a few dates in history -- he is one who can accomplish things.
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 there is one thing I would banish from earth, it is fear. And the only way to do that is to see that there is nothing to fear -- nothing in all of life to be afraid of.
The whole key of the profitable everyday living will be to discover out what's one's future to try and do, and after that do it.
Then why flounder around waiting for good business? Get the costs down by better management. Get the prices down to the buying power.
Merely gathering knowledge may become the most useless work a man can do. What can you do to help and heal the world? That is the educational test.
That the Devil finds work for idle hands to do is probably true. But there is a profound difference between leisure and idleness.
Jews have always controlled the business... The motion picture influence of the United States and Canada...is exclusively under the control, moral and financial, of the Jewish manipulators of the public mind.
Surgery for early stage non-small cell lung cancer is standard treatment and is likely curative. Yet, fewer blacks than whites undergo surgery for the disease, leading to a higher mortality rate among blacks with lung cancer.
It is regrettable that people think about our monetary system, and of our economic structure, only in times of depression.
When you get a whole country -- as did ours -- thinking that Washington is a sort of heaven and behind its clouds dwell omniscience and omnipotence, you are educating that country into a dependent state of mind which augers ill for the future.
The Jews caused the war, the Jews caused the outbreak of thieving and robbery all over the country, the Jews caused the inefficiency of the navy.
The air is full of ideas. They are knocking you in the head all the time. You only have to know what you want, then forget it, and go about your business. Suddenly, the idea will come through. It was there all the time.
Money doesn't change men. It merely unmasks them.
Money doesn't change men, it merely unmasks them. If a man is naturally selfish or arrogant or greedy, the money brings that out, that's all.
One who fears failure limits his activities.
One who fears failure limits his activities. Failure is only the opportunity more intelligently to begin again.
The true measure of a successful leader is their ability to discover the hidden talent in those they lead and challenge them to achieve greatness. If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you are right.
There are no dead ends. There is always a way out. What you learn in one failure you utilize in your next success.
Mr Edison gave America just what was needed at that moment in history. They say that when people think of me, they think of my assembly line. Mr. Edison, you built an assembly line which brought together the genius of invention, science and industry.
To me this is the most beautiful, the most satisfactory from a scientific standpoint, the most logical theory of life. For thirty years I have leaned toward the theory of Reincarnation. It seems a most reasonable philosophy and explains many things.
There are two extremes to be avoided: one is the attitude of contempt toward education, the other is the tragic snobbery of assuming that marching through an educational system is a sure cure for ignorance and mediocrity.
There are two ways of making yourself stand out from the crowd. One is by having a job so big you can go home before the bell rings if you want to. The other is by finding so much to do that you must stay after the others have gone. The one who enjoys the former once took advantage of the latter.
Writing is the only profession where nobody considers you ridiculous if you earn no money. Money is like an arm or a leg; use it or lose it.
Under pressure, the mouth speaks when the brain is disengaged, and, sometimes unwittingly, the gearshift is in reverse when it should be in neutral.
Gold is the most useless thing in the world. I am not interested in money but in the things of which money is merely a symbol.
Many people are busy trying to find better ways of doing things that should not have to be done at all. There is no progress in merely finding a better way to do a useless thing.
The workingmen have been exploited all the way up and down the line by employers, landlords, everybody.
Every one knows that insufficient rest and gorging are not good for anyone, either physically or mentally.
I believe we are reincarnated. You, I, we reincarnate over and over. We live many lives, and store up much experience. Some are older souls than others and so they know more. It seems to be an intuitive gift. It is really hard-won experience.
I regarded our progress merely as an invitation to do more -- as an indication that we had reached a place where we might begin to perform a real service.
Thinking always ahead, thinking always of trying to do more, brings a state of mind in which nothing is impossible. The moment one gets into the 'expert' state of mind a great number of things become impossible.
Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?
New York is a different country. Maybe it ought to have a separate government. Everybody thinks differently, they just don't know what the hell the rest of the United States is.
Business men go down with their businesses because they like the old way so well they cannot bring themselves to change. One sees them all about -- men who do not know that yesterday is past, and who woke up this morning with their last year's ideas.
We do not make changes for the sake of making them, but we never fail to make a change when once it is demonstrated that the new way is better than the old way.
You say I started out with practically nothing, but that isn't correct. We all start with all there is, it's how we use it that makes things possible.
We have always found that, if the principles were right, the area over which they were affected did not matter. Size is only a matter of the multiplication table.
It is a striving to attain the best. To throttle it would mean to stop all progress. Certain men do not need to compete. They are pioneers.
History doesn't mean dates and wars and textbooks to me; it means the unconquerable pioneer spirit of man.
The function of the machine is to liberate man from brute burdens, and release his energies to the building of his intellectual and spiritual powers for conquests in the fields of thought and higher action.
You can do anything if you have enthusiasm.
You can do anything if you have enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars.
To lift farm drudgery off flesh and blood and lay it on steel and motors has been my most constant ambition.
These men of many nations must be taught American ways, the English language, and the right way to live.
The question who ought to be boss is like who ought to be the tenor in the quartet? Obviously, the man who can sing tunor.
Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this.
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.
Why should I clutter my mind with general information when I have men around me who can supply any knowledge I need?
Businesses that grow by development and improvement do not die. But when a business ceases to be creative, when it believes it has reached perfection and needs to do nothing but produce no improvement, no development, it is done.
If you think of standardization as the best that you know today, but which is to be improved tomorrow; you get somewhere.
Records can be destroyed if they do not suit the prejudices of ruling cliques, lost if they become incomprehensible, distorted if a copyist wishes to impose a new meaning upon them, misunderstood if we lack the information to interpret them. The past is like a huge library, mostly fiction.
Labor unions are the worst thing that ever struck the earth because they take away a man's independence.
As long as we look to legislation to cure poverty or to abolish special privilege we are going to see poverty and special privilege grow.
We now know that anything which is economically right is also morally right. There can be no conflict between good economics and good morals.
Always demanding the best of oneself, living with honor, devoting one's talents and gifts to the benefits of others -- these are the measures of success that endure when material things have passed away.
Anyone who keeps learning stays young.
Anyone who stops learning is old — whether this happens at twenty or at eighty. Anyone who keeps on learning not only remains young but becomes constantly more valuable — regardless of physical capacity.
I didn't get much peace, but I heard in Norway that Russia might well become a huge market for tractors soon.
If you make what they need, and sell it at a price which makes possession a help and not a hardship, then you will do business as long as there is business to do. People buy what helps them just as naturally as they drink water.
You must know all there is to know in your particular field and keep on the alert for new knowledge. The least difference in knowledge between you and another man may spell his success and your failure.
The only motive that can keep politics pure is the motive of doing good for one's country and its people.
The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time.
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.
We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's dam is the history we make today.
It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.
Speculation is only a word covering the making of money out of the manipulation of prices, instead of supplying goods and services.
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.
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.
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