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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.

Change is not always progress. A fever of newness has everywhere been confused with the spirit of progress.

--Henry Ford

A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.

--Henry Ford

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.

--Henry Ford

There is no man living who isn't capable of doing more than he thinks he can do.

--Henry Ford

The only prosperity the people can afford to be satisfied with is the kind that lasts.

--Henry Ford

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.

--Henry Ford

When everything seems to be going against you,
remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.

--Henry Ford

Failure is just a resting place. It is an opportunity to begin again more intelligently.

--Henry Ford

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.

--Henry Ford

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.

--Henry Ford

Paying good wages is not charity at all-it is the best kind of business.

--Henry Ford

Wars do not end wars any more than an extraordinarily large conflagration does away with the fire hazard.

--Henry Ford

The time will come when man will know even what is going on in the other planets and perhaps be able to visit them.

--Henry Ford

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.

--Henry Ford

Politics in the true sense, have to do with the prosperity, peace and security of the people.

--Henry Ford

The basically simple things are best, whether it's automobiles or diets or philosophy.

--Henry Ford

When bankers get into business they usually destroy it.

--Henry Ford

Those who believe they can do something and those who believe they can't are both right.

--Henry Ford

I'm looking for a lot of men with an infinite capacity for not knowing what cannot be done.

--Henry Ford

There's no such thing as no chance.

--Henry Ford

There is no such thing as no chance.

--Henry Ford

A customer votes everyday with his dollar. Our job is make sure he votes for us.

--Henry Ford

Thinking without constructive action becomes a disease.

--Henry Ford

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.

--Henry Ford

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.

--Henry Ford

Genius is seldom recognized for what it is: a great capacity for hard work.

--Henry Ford

When I can't handle events, I let them handle themselves.

--Henry Ford

The human mind is a channel through which things-to-be are coming into the realm of things-that-are .

--Henry Ford

Everything can always be done better than it is being done.

--Henry Ford

Labour is the human element which makes the fruitful seasons of the earth useful to men.

--Henry Ford

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.

--Henry Ford

Nothing can be made except by makers, nothing can be managed except by managers. Money cannot make anything and money cannot manage anything.

--Henry Ford

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.

--Henry Ford

Burdening people with debt is an old deal not a new deal.

--Henry Ford

Every man is better for a period of work under the open sky.

--Henry Ford

The boss is not paying you. They just keep the money for you only. New customers who actually paid.

--Henry Ford

The biggest goal can be achieved if you simply break it down into enough small parts.

--Henry Ford

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.

--Henry Ford

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.

--Henry Ford

Success is a matter of adjusting one's efforts to obstacles and one's abilities to a service needed by others.

--Henry Ford

A big business never becomes big by being a narrow society looking after only the interests of its organization and stockholders.

--Henry Ford

Profit is a by-product of work; happiness is its chief product.

--Henry Ford

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.

--Henry Ford

Skepticism, if by that we mean cautiousness, is the balance wheel of civilization.

--Henry Ford

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.

--Henry Ford

You can take my factories, burn up my buildings, but give me my people and I'll build the business right back again.

--Henry Ford

Power and machinery, money and goods, are useful only as they set us free to live.

--Henry Ford

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.

--Henry Ford

Man minus the Machine is a slave; Man plus the Machine is a freeman.

--Henry Ford

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.

--Henry Ford

The best way is always the simplest. The attics of the world are cluttered up with complicated failures.

--Henry Ford

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.

--Henry Ford

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.

--Henry Ford

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.

--Henry Ford

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.

--Henry Ford

Any decision you make isn't worth a tinkers damn until you have formed the habit of making and keeping it.

--Henry Ford

If people understood how the economic system works, there'd be a revolution in a minute.

--Henry Ford

A man who cannot think is not an educated man however many college degrees he may have acquired.

--Henry Ford

An educated man is not one whose memory is trained to carry a few dates in history -- he is one who can accomplish things.

--Henry Ford

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.

--Henry Ford

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.

--Henry Ford

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.

--Henry Ford

If I lose a billion dollars, I will have it back in less than five years.

--Henry Ford

Then why flounder around waiting for good business? Get the costs down by better management. Get the prices down to the buying power.

--Henry Ford

The farther we get away from the land, the greater our insecurity.

--Henry Ford

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.

--Henry Ford

That the Devil finds work for idle hands to do is probably true. But there is a profound difference between leisure and idleness.

--Henry Ford

The only thing you can give a man without hurting him is an opportunity.

--Henry Ford

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.

--Henry Ford

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.

--Henry Ford

People can have the Model T in any color -- so long as it's black.

--Henry Ford

It is regrettable that people think about our monetary system, and of our economic structure, only in times of depression.

--Henry Ford

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.

--Henry Ford

Every man is entitled to make a darn fool of himself at least once in a lifetime.

--Henry Ford

There is no failure except failure to serve one's purpose.

--Henry Ford

History's just one darn thing after another.

--Henry Ford

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.

--Henry Ford

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.

--Henry Ford

The more you think, the more time you have.

--Henry Ford

Patience and foresight are the two most important qualities in business.

--Henry Ford

Money doesn't change men. It merely unmasks them.

--Henry Ford

Longer Version:

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.


The greatest day of my life was the day I married Mrs. Ford.

--Henry Ford

Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.

--Henry Ford

I'll sleep well tonight.

--Henry Ford

One who fears failure limits his activities.

--Henry Ford

Longer Version:

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.

--Henry Ford

There are no dead ends. There is always a way out. What you learn in one failure you utilize in your next success.

--Henry Ford

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.

--Henry Ford

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.

--Henry Ford

This company doesn't pay anybody. Only customers can do that. The company merely handles the money.

--Henry Ford

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.

--Henry Ford

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.

--Henry Ford

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.

--Henry Ford

Under pressure, the mouth speaks when the brain is disengaged, and, sometimes unwittingly, the gearshift is in reverse when it should be in neutral.

--Henry Ford

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.

--Henry Ford

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.

--Henry Ford

He who would really benefit mankind must reach them through their work.

--Henry Ford

The object of living is work, experience, happiness.

--Henry Ford

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