Henry Ford Quotes

Henry Ford Quotes

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Everything can always be done better than it is being done.
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One of the great discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he could not do.
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Henry Ford’s Bio

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.
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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 grief which we endure help us in our marching onward.
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There is joy in work… There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.
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Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
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It is not the employer who pays wages – he only handles the money. It is the product that pays wages.
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All that money can do is buy us some one else’s work in exchange for our own.
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The object of living is work, experience, happiness.
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Capital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime as charity is wrong as a cure for poverty.
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Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.
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It is all one to me if a man comes from Sing Sing or Harvard. We hire the man, not his history.
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Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it’s black.
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Let a man start out in life to build something better and sell it cheaper than it has been built or sold before, let him have that determination and the money will roll in.
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A company needs smart young men with the imagination and the guts to turn everything upside down if they can. It also needs old figures to keep them from turning upside down those things that ought to be rightside up.
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Accounting is a malicious extension of the banking conspiracy.
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It’s the workshop that has to finance an industrial enterprise, and not the bank. For me, a bank is above all a secure and convenient place to keep money in reserve, and I think it’s better if the bank serves my interests, rather than my serving theirs.
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Henry-Ford (5)Asking who should be the boss is like asking who should play saxophone in a quartet – obviously the one who knows how to play.
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It’s not the employer who pays the salaries, it’s the client.
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A company that makes nothing but money is a poor kind of business.
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[On the Model T Ford] Any color, as long as it’s black.
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When I was not busy cutting wood, I worked on combustion engines, studying their character and the way they worked. I read everything I could find on the subject, but it’s from my own practice that I got the best education.
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Let me remind you that I have a row of electric buttons in my office. All I have to do is press one of them to call the person who can answer any question on any subject I wish to know, relative to the business at hand. I take care of the business, they take care of the questions. Now would you be so good as to explain why, just to answer you questions, I should have a brain stuffed with general culture, when I am surrounded by employees who can supply any information I might want to know?
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The secret of success – if there is one – is the ability to put yourself in another person’s shoes, and to consider things from his or her point of view as well as your own.
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When I cannot direct events any longer, I let them direct themselves.
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Life is work, and everything you retain adds to your experience.
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Life is work, and everything you undertake adds to your experience.
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Everything is possible. Faith is the substance of our hopes, the guarantor of what we’ve never seen.
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It was not at all my intention to go into production on a mediocre scale. I was thinking big production; but I needed something better than our first car. You don’t do anything well if it’s done in haste.
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Hiring someone for a job because he needs it and not because the job needs him is like saying that he is useless. On the other hand, helping a man because it is in our interests to help him is treating him as an equal.
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An idealist is a person who helps others prosper.
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I refuse to recognize the existence of impossibilities. I don’t know anyone who knows enough about any subject to be able to say that something is or is not impossible. If someone who takes himself for an expert and declares that such and such a thing is impossible, right away there’s a horde of nincompoops who sing the chorus: ‘It’s impossible…’
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The man who puts all his energy and imagination into finding ways to offer more for the dollar instead of less is condemned to succeed.
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Work that you find interesting is never hard, and will certainly lead to success.
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Money is like an arm or a leg – use it or lose it.
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I would think of another fundamental need people have, and I would answer that need by offering a cheaper and more efficient service than anybody else could. In five years, I’d be a millionaire over again.
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Take everything, but leave me my organization, and in two years I’ll be at the top again.
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[In 1931] These really are good times, but only a few know it. If this period of convalescence through which we have been passing must be spoken of as a depression, it is far and away the finest depression that we have ever had.
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Early on, I had the impression that a lot of work was being done for little result, and I thought that a lot of the work could be better organized.
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I made the firm resolution never to join a business where money took precedence over quality of the work, neither from the banking or a financing point of view. I also resolved, if I was not able to find support for an undertaking liable to be run with the public interest at heart, to renounce the undertaking entirely. Because my own attempts, supported by observation of what was going on around me, convinced me that businesses run on the sole principle of making money were not very interesting, and were not worthy of a serious man who wanted to accomplish something. As for the rest, I’m still waiting to be shown that this is not the right way to make money. Because in my opinion, the only basis for a serious enterprise is the high quality of its products.
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Being tempted to rest and enjoy the fruits of your labour is only natural. I understand perfectly well that a person would like to exchange a life of labour for a life of rest. I’ve had the desire myself. But I believe that when a person wants to rest, he should retire completely from the business world. And that’s not in my future plans. I consider my success as incitement to do better.
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My idea was then and still is that if a man did his work well, the price he could get for that work, the profits, and all financial matters would care for themselves.
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I handed in my resignation, resolved never to accept another subservient position. It’s certainly easier only to work during office hours, to do your job during the day and leave it behind at night and not think about it until the next day, and you can get along very well like this if you have the type of character that is content to be ordered around, to be a faithful employee perhaps, but never a director or a boss.
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One hundred cars a day, that’s the minimum, and I soon hope to multiply this figure by ten. If I had followed the advice of my associates, I would have been content to maintain my business at it’s present level, and to use the money to build a nice administration building, and from time to time produce a new model to stimulate the public’s interest. In other words, to become a peaceful and serious businessman. But I thought farther, much farther, and much bigger than that.
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Once of the greatest obstacles to a man’s advancement is discontent.
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Because a thing is useful is no reason why it should be ugly.
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Business grows big through the service it renders, not through any ‘control’ that it exercises over materials, money or people.
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The conflict between the generations is as old as the natural consequence of human progress. Those who are coming on behind us are not our children in the sense that we have created them and defined their limitations; they are rather a new race, different from us in their equipment and outlook – quite likely to be much better than we are.
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When business becomes so big that its bigness is a tax upon the community, instead of a service to the community, the decreasing patronage of the people becomes an effective check.
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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. Businesses that grow by development and improvement do not die.
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Profits made out of the distress of the people are always much smaller than profits made out of the most lavish service of the people at the lowest prices that competent management can make possible.
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The wisdom of life is to keep on planting. Some… never plant after youthful imagination dies, and they reap only the one crop which they planted in youth. Plant every season and life will be a succession of harvests.
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Life is a going concern. It is going somewhere. It never stagnates.
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What I greatly hope for… children everywhere, is a new attitude toward life – free from the gullibility which things we can get something for nothing; free from the greed which thinks any permanent good can come of overreaching others; and, above all, expectant of change, so that when life gives them a jolt they will be fully prepared to push on eagerly along new lines.
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The best way is always the simplest.
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There is on this continent almost every variety of scene that the wide world can furnish. There are mountains which for majesty and grandeur cannot be equaled in any other country; stately rivers, magnificent lakes, boundless woods, mighty waterfalls. In spite of improved highways and cheaper transportation, this vast heritage is not appreciated as it ought to be.
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We are always seeking for those things which are in the clouds, not for those that lie at our feet.
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It is not that which we hold in our hands or store away that makes up wealth, it is the faculty of fully appreciating and enjoying those things without which the world would be a vast sterile tract as devoid of beauty as the moon with its oceans of ashes and burnt-out craters, which nothing can redeem.
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Be ready to revise any system, scrap any method, abandon any theory, if the success of the job requires it.
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[In 1928] People are becoming too intelligent ever to have another big war.
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There is no progress merely finding a better way to do a useless thing.
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There comes a time, when instead of making dead branches less ugly, the ax should be laid at the root of the tree.
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Every time I reduce the charge for our car by one dollar, I get a thousand new buyers.
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Money is not worth a particular amount. As money it is not worth anything, for it will do nothing for itself.
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The plan at that time most in favor was to start off with the largest possible capitalization and then sell all the stock and all the bonds that could be sold. Whatever money happened to be left over after all the stock and bond-selling expenses and promoters, charges and all that, went grudgingly into the foundation of the business.

 

The kind of mind that does not like repetitive work does not have to stay in it.
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Paying attention to simple little things that most men neglect makes a few men rich.
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Exercise is bunk.
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Even when I was young I suspected that much might be done in a better way.
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Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason why so few engage in it.
Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably why so few engage in it.
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Thinking always ahead, thinking always of trying to do more, brings a state of mind in which nothing seems impossible.
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History is more or less bunk.
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We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker’s damn is the history we make today.
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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.
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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.
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Success is… a matter of adjusting one’s efforts to obstacles and one’s abilities to a service needed by others… most people think of it in terms of getting; success, however, begins in terms of giving.
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Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.
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A man who knows a job sees so much more to be done than he has done, that he is always pressing forward and never gives up an instant of thought to how good and how efficient he is.
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The moment one gets into the ‘expert’ state of mind a great number of things become impossible.
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Don’t find a fault. Find a remedy.
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If money is your hope for independence, you will never have it. The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability.
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Time and money spent in helping men to do more for themselves is far better than mere giving.
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Exercise is bunk. If you are healthy you don’t need it, if you are sick you shouldn’t take it.
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What do we care what they did five hundred or one thousand years ago?
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We don’t want tradition.
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An idealist is one who helps the other fellow to make a profit.
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My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.
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[On why he went into the car business] Everybody wants to be someplace he ain’t. As soon as he gets there, he wants to go right back.
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What we call evil is simply ignorance bumping its head in the dark.
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These really are good times, but only a few know it.
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Commercialized liquor trade in this country is as final as the abolition of slavery.
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[In 1929] The country couldn’t run without prohibition. That is the industrial fact.
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[In 1928] People are becoming too intelligent ever to have another big war. Statesmen have not anything like the prestige they had years ago, and what is educating the ordinary people against war is that they are mixing too much. The motor-car, radio and such things are the great ‘mixers.’… I believe the last war was too much an educator for there ever to be another on a large scale.
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I believe the last war was too much an educator for there ever to be another on a large scale.
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I’ve already made the decision.
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You can do anything if you have enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars. With it, there is accomplishment. Without it there are only alibis.
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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.
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Anything that isn’t good for everybody is no good at all.
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A market is never saturated with a good product but it is very quickly saturated with a bad one.
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The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do more for the betterment of life.
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Enthusiasm is at the bottom of all progress. With it there is accomplishment. Without it there are only alibis.
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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.
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Economy has frequently nothing whatever to do with the amount of money being spent, but with the wisdom used in spending it.
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A man given to pride is usually proud of the wrong thing.
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Whatever you have, you must either use or lose.
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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.
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We have always found that, if our principles were right, the area over which they were applied did not matter. Size is only a matter of the multiplication table.
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It is the management that arranges the production so that the product may pay the wages.
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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.
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The cure for materialism is to have enough for everybody and to share. When people are sure of having what they need they cease to think about it.
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The object of living is work, experience, happiness. There is joy in work. All that money can do is buy us some one else’s work in exchange for our own. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.
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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.
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If you think of standardization as the best that you know today, but which is to be improved tomorrow-you get somewhere.
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Profit is a by-product of work; happiness is its chief product.
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If there is any great secret of success in life, it lies in the ability to put yourself in the other person’s place and to see things from his point of view-as well as your own.
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Too many of us, when we accomplish what we set out to do, exclaim, ‘See what I have done!’ instead of saying, ‘See where I have been led.’
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The question ‘Who ought to be boss?’ is like asking ‘Who ought to be the tenor in the quartet?’ Obviously, the man who can sing tenor.
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Nobody can think straight who does not work. Idleness warps the mind. Thinking without constructive action becomes a disease.
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Competition is the keen cutting edge of business, always shaving away at costs.
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Old men are always advising young men to save money. That is bad advice. Don’t save every nickel. Invest in yourself. I never saved a dollar until I was forty years old.
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A dollar put into a book and a book mastered might change the whole course of a boy’s life. It might easily be the beginning of the development of leadership that would carry the boy far in service to his fellow men.
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Business is never so healthy as when, like a chicken, it must do a certain amount of scratching for what it gets.
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One who fears failure limits his activities.
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Some day the ethics of business will be universally recognized, and in that day business will be seen to be the oldest and most useful of all the professions.
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A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.

 

It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages.
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Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. Failure is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently.
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[On an exchange with William Randolph Hearst who had expensive tastes and was always strapped for cash] That’s a mistake. A man ought to have five hundred million dollars or so in cash for a rainy day.
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A bore is a fellow who opens his mouth and puts his feats in it.
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Organizations will stampede us into war again if we allow them to keep on.
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What causes war is not patriotism, not that human beings are willing to die in defense of their dearest ones. It is the false doctrine, fostered by the few that war spells gain.
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Anybody can do anything that they imagine.
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It is well that people do no understand the banking and monetary system, for if they did I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.
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The one aim of international financiers is world control by the creation of inextinguishable debts.
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The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what it is one’s destiny to do and then to do it.
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Anybody can do anything that he imagines.
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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.
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The economic and technological triumphs of the past few years have not solved as many problems as we thought they would, and in fact, have brought us new problems we did not foresee.
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The human mind is a channel through which things-to-be are coming into the realm of things-that-are.
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[On the rise of the Chevrolet division of General Motors] It’s like trying to screw an elephant.
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[Henry Ford II] Every client is a king, but a king is only one client among many.
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[Henry Ford II] No complaints, no explanations.
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[Henry Ford II] The Edsel is here to stay.
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[Henry Ford II] I believe that the social responsibility of today’s corporations is fundamentally the same as it always has been: to earn profits for shareholders by serving consumer needs with maximum efficiency. This is not the whole of the matter, but it is the heard of the matter.
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[Henry Ford II] Nobody can really guarantee the future. The best we can do is size up the chances, calculate the risks involved, estimate our ability to deal with them and make our plans with confidence.
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[Henry Ford II] We can’t take a slipshod and easygoing attitude toward education in this country. And by ‘we’ I don’t mean ‘somebody else,’ but I mean me and I mean you. It is the future of our country-yours and mine-which is at stake.
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[Henry Ford II] Progress comes from discontent, not from complacency. It would be a stagnant world if all young people knew as well as their elders do what can’t be changed and shouldn’t be changed.
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[Henry Ford II] Progress comes from discontent, not from complacency.
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[Henry Ford II] It would be a stagnant world if all young people knew as well as their elders do what can’t be changed and shouldn’t be changed.
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[Henry Ford II] ‘Management productivity’ is a more appropriate term than ‘labor productivity.’
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[Henry Ford II] I am always puzzled to find union leaders speaking of ‘increased worker productivity,’ as though workers must sweat harder in order to produce more.
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[Henry Ford II] Improved productivity means less human sweat, not more.
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[Henry Ford II] It is in the self-interest of business to help reduce dependency, frustration, crime, and conflict in the community.
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[Henry Ford II] The costs of occasional civil disorder are impossible to overlook, but they are far smaller than the continuing costs of welfare, crime, preventable disease and ignorance. These costs are borne by business as well as by the rest of the community.
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[Henry Ford II] The hidden revolution – that growing understanding that the profit motive is not an anti-social force acting against the community interest, but a very practical reason why business should help solve the social as well as the economic problems that best our nation.
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The idea that conscience and profit may actually be pulling in the same direction is difficult for some people to accept.
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[Henry Ford II] Business cannot solve the race problem, but each business can make sure that it does not discriminate.
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[Henry Ford II] Business cannot eliminate unemployment, but each business can do its competitive best to expand its own sales and employment.
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[Henry Ford II] Business cannot stop inflation, but every business can strive for greater efficiency and lower costs.
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Technological progress… is the key to the opportunity to earn a better life.
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Unemployment is too high, not only because we do not have enough jobs, but also because many of the unemployed are poorly qualified by skill and education to fill the jobs that are available.
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[Henry Ford II] It is difficult to do good without being condescending and paternalistic on the one hand, and without perpetuating dependence and resentment on the other…
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[Henry Ford II] To hire a man because he needs a job rather than because the job needs him… is to assure him that he is useless.
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[Henry Ford II] To hire him because you need his labor, is to treat him as an equal.
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[Henry Ford II] The employer has confidence in the ability of the man he hires to earn his pay and stand on his own feet.
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[Henry Ford II] If we can solve the problem of human relations in industrial production, I believe we can make as much progress toward lower costs during the next ten years as we made during the past quarter-century through the development of the machinery of mass-production.
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[Henry Ford II] The slow and patient work of refining and improving on existing technology will always be important. But what we need even more than the refinement of old ideas is the ability to develop new ideas and put them to work.
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[Henry Ford II] You don’t have to have a steering wheel to drive a car… You can do it with buttons, just one finger, maybe by mechanical control – lots of possibilities.
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[Henry Ford II] [On being asked where someone would put their hands if a car had no steering wheel] Well, that’s the point. These are habits people have.
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[Henry Ford II] We’re still living in a fool’s paradise in this country. We have always thought that we could have an endless supply of cheap energy and we can’t.
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[Henry Ford II] We’ve got a major energy problem, but the American people don’t believe it. We waste too much. We waste everything in this country.
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[Henry Ford II] America has many problems. But the time has come to curb our habit of turning problems into crises that require crash solutions.
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[Henry Ford II] [On government regulation] The regulators are in fact bringing us to the point where only the largest companies can survive.
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[Henry Ford II] I don’t know anybody or any group of people smart enough to mastermind and manipulate artificially our economy without doing much more harm than good.
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[Henry Ford II] 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.
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[On firing Lee Iacocca] [Henry Ford II] Well, sometimes you just don’t like somebody.
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Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.
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Luck and destiny are the excuses of the world’s failures.
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[On the Detroit Toledo & Ironton railroad owned by Ford] The railroad is really more remarkable for the time honored formulas it neglects to observe than it is for the profits it earns.
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[On the Transporation Act of 1920 when Ford owned the Detroit Toledo & Ironton railroad] The road has earned money for us and would earn more were it not for the fact that an Act of Congress limits the return on our investment to 6 percent. We are limited in our service by the laws conceived in part by ill-informed theorists who cannot understand the real function of profits, and in part by those who see in regulated business the inevitable necessity for banker finance.
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Speculation is only a word covering the making of money out of the manipulation of prices, instead of supplying goods and services.
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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.
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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.
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There are no big problems, there are just a lot of little problems.
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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.
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If I had listened to my customers, I would have given them a faster horse.
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There is nothing more likely to be misleading than a field of vision so narrow as to leave out part of the points. It is like seeing the elephant so limitedly as to report only his tails or tusks.
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[Comparing leaves with attitudes] The leaves that stayed longest, that we had learned to associate with stability – those are the leaves that fall before the new leaves appear.
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When the leaves of the strongest tree fall, spring is here.
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The man who brings help with him is always welcome. The world wants help. It needs it. It will reward the man who brings it – whether to a little broom-shop in the alley, or the biggest business in the world.
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[On government inefficiency] If we have 100 men tied up on jobs that can be done by 75, it is not only an inefficient use of human effort, it is also an unfair charge against the public which must pay for the extra 25.
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There are thousands of things waiting to be done in the world.
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If security depends on keeping certain dogs asleep, then it is not security.
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‘The survival of the fittest’ is more than a term of science, it is more than a statement reeking with the sense of universal struggle, it is the declaration of the method of history and the objective of destiny – only the fit do survive.
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Tolerance is possible only to the superior; the lower elements are always intolerant.
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If you see a thing to be done, go and do it. If you cannot do it all, do what you can; you cannot take the fifth step until you have taken the first four.
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Times grow ripe, like everything else; yet many people think they can pick ripe events off green years; which cannot be done any more than ripe apples can be picked in the months when they are green.
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All of us want to slay the giant with one dramatic stroke of our sword. … The giant usually dies from self-generated poisons.
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A great industry is like a human body. If you analyze it closely you will find all sorts of disease germs in it. If you specialize on the individual injustices that may occur within it, you will appear to have gathered such a mass as spells death to any organism or organization. Yet, the industry goes on. Its product is of service to the world.
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Unless we know more about machines and their use, unless we better understand the mechanical portion of life, we cannot have the time to enjoy the trees, and the birds, and the flowers, and the green fields.
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There is some opposition between living the providing the means of living. We waste so much time and energy that we have little left over in which to enjoy ourselves.
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Power and machinery, money and goods, are useful only as they set us free to live. They are but [a] means to an end.
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It is better to be skeptical of all new ideas and to insist upon being shown rather than to rush around in a continuous brainstorm after every new idea. Skepticism, if by that we mean cautiousness, is the balance wheel of civilization.
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Almost any one can think up an idea. The thing that counts is developing it into a practical product.
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The man who calls himself a reformer wants to smash things. He is the sort of man who would tear up a whole shirt because the collar button did not fit the buttonhole. It would never occur to him to enlarge the buttonhole.
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Freedom is the right to work a decent length of time and get a decent living for doing so…
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Business is merely work. Speculation in things already produced – that is not business. It is just more or less respectable graft.
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We cannot live without business and we cannot live without government.
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Labour is the human element which makes the fruitful seasons of the earth useful to men. It is men’s labour that makes the harvest what it is.
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Monopoly is bad for business.
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Money comes naturally as the result of service.
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There is no place in civilization for the idler.
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A blanket does not require much tailoring, but none of us could get much work done if we went around Indian-fashion in blankets.
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What is the use of putting a tremendous force behind a blunt chisel if a light blow on a sharp chisel will do the work?
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Waste is due largely to not understanding what one does, or being careless in the doing of it.
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Greed is merely a species of nearsightedness.
Henry Ford

Well conducted business enterprise cannot fail to return a profit, but profit must and inevitably come as a reward for good service.
Henry Ford

Given a good idea to start with, it is better to concentrate on perfecting it than to hunt around for a new idea.
Henry Ford

One idea at a time is about as much as any one can handle.
Henry Ford

My mother always said I was born a mechanic.
Henry Ford

There is an immense amount to be learned simply by tinkering with things.
Henry Ford

Machines are to a mechanic what books are to the writer.
Henry Ford

[In 1885] I do not recall any one who thought that the internal combustion engine could ever have more than a limited use. All the wise people demonstrated conclusively that the engine could not compete with steam.
Henry Ford

I always am certain of results. They always come if you work hard enough.
Henry Ford

It was a very great thing to have my wife even more confident than I was. She has always been that way.
Henry Ford

 

Many inventors fail because they do not distinguish between planning and experimenting.
Henry Ford

[Around 1892] What held me up most was that I had neither the time nor the money to search for the best material for each part.
Henry Ford

The only use of money is to buy tools to work with or the product of tools.
Henry Ford

A manufacturer is not through with his customer when a sale is completed. He has then only started with his customer.
Henry Ford

If a machine does not give service, then it is better for the manufacturer if he never had the introduction, for he will have the worst of all advertisements – a dissatisfied customer.
Henry Ford

If a salesman is paid only for what he sells, it is not to be expected that he is going to exert any great effort on a customer out of whom no more commission is to be made.
Henry Ford

If to petrify is success; all one has to do is to humour the lazy side of the mind; but if to grow is success, then one must wake up anew every morning and keep awake all day.
Henry Ford

I saw great businesses become but the ghost of a name because someone thought they could be managed just as they were always managed…
Henry Ford

Life… is not a location, but a journey.
Henry Ford

Life flows.
Henry Ford

 

Business men go down with their businesses because they like the old way so well they cannot bring themselves to change.
Henry Ford

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So many men are afraid of being considered fools… The best of it is that such fools usually live long enough to prove that they were not fools – or the work they have begun lives long enough to prove that were not foolish.
Henry Ford

Time spent in fighting competition is wasted; it had better be spent in doing the work.
Henry Ford

There are always enough people ready and anxious to buy, provided you supply what they want and at the proper price…
Henry Ford

The man who has the largest capacity for work and thought is the man who is bound to succeed.
Henry Ford

I do not know, whether the man who works always, who never leaves his business, who is absolutely intent upon getting ahead, and who therefore does get ahead – is happier than the man who keeps office hours, both for his brain and his hands.
Henry Ford

If a man wants leisure and gets it – then he has no cause to complain. But he cannot have both leisure and the results of work.
Henry Ford

Thinking first of money instead of work brings on fear of failure and this fear blocks every avenue of business – it makes a man afraid of competition, of changing his methods, or of doing anything which might change his condition.
Henry Ford

The way is clear for any one who thinks first of service – of doing the work in the best possible way.
Henry Ford

Everybody knows that it is always possible to do a thing better the second time.
Henry Ford

The thought behind most standardization is to be able to make a larger profit.
Henry Ford

 

The public should always be wondering how it is possible to give so much for the [little] money.
Henry Ford

Excess weight kills any self-propelled vehicle.
Henry Ford

Strength has nothing to do with weight.
Henry Ford

The mentality of the man who does things in the world is agile, light and strong. The most beautiful things in the world are those from which all excess weight has been eliminated.
Henry Ford

You can dissect a Ford but you cannot kill it.
Henry Ford

It is my ambition to have every piece of machinery, or other non-consumable product that I turn out, so strong and so well made that no one ought ever to have to buy a second one.
Henry Ford

A good machine of any kind ought to last as long as a good watch.
Henry Ford

Business is not a game.
Henry Ford

We were just as much a pleasure car as any other car on the market, but we gave no attention to purely luxury features.
Henry Ford

When one of my cars breaks down I know I am to blame.
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I thought that it was up to me as the designer to make the car so completely simple that no one could fail to understand it.
Henry Ford

I will build a motor car for the great multitude… [To which he was told ‘If Ford does that he will be out of business in six months.’]
Henry Ford

If a device would save in time just 10 percent or increase results 10 percent, then its absence is always a 10 percent tax.
Henry Ford

If the owner of a skyscraper could increase his income 10 percent, he would willingly pay half the increase just to know how.
Henry Ford

A building thirty stories high needs no more ground space than one five stories high.
Henry Ford

We will rip out anything once we discover a better way, but we have to know absolutely that the new way is going to be better than the old before we do anything drastic…
Henry Ford

I am not particularly anxious for the men to remember what someone else has tried to do in the past, for then we might quickly accumulate far too many things that could not be done.
Henry Ford

If you keep on recording all of your failures you will shortly have a list showing that there is nothing left for you to try – whereas it by no means follows because one man has failed in a certain method that another man will not succeed.
Henry Ford

A man who knows a job sees so much to be done than he has done, that he is always pressing forward and never gives up an instant of thought of how good and how efficient he is.
Henry Ford

One has to fight hardest against… excess organization and consequent red tape.
Henry Ford

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A business… is not a machine. It is a collection of people who are brought together to do work and not to write letters to one another.
Henry Ford

When we are at work we ought to be at work. When we are at play we ought to be at play. There is no use trying to mix the two.
Henry Ford

[On business titles] A title is very peculiar. It has been used too much as a sign of emancipation from work. It is almost equivalent to a badge bearing the legend: ‘This man has nothing to do but regard himself as important and all others as inferior.’
Henry Ford

I never met a man who was thoroughly bad. There is always some good in him – if he gets a chance.
Henry Ford

We do not hire a man’s history, we hire the man.
Henry Ford

Every man’s future rests solely with himself.
Henry Ford

The difficulty is not to discover men to advance, but [to discover] men who are willing to be advanced.
Henry Ford

The mere fact that all waste is not a dead loss is no excuse for permitting waste.
Henry Ford

It was a hit-or-miss operation. The wonder is that he hit so often.
Henry Ford

We leave nothing to luck, and we have yet to build a machine that will not do the work for which it was designed.
Henry Ford

 

The jobs where it is necessary to put in mind as well as muscle have very few takers – we always need men who like a job because it is difficult.
Henry Ford

The average worker, I am sorry to say, wants a job in which he does not have to put forth much physical exertion – above all, he wants a job in which he does not have to think.
Henry Ford

There will never be a dearth of places for skilled people, but we have to recognize that the will to be skilled is not general.
Henry Ford

One cannot become skilled by mere wishing.
Henry Ford

There are far too many assumptions about what human nature ought to be and not enough research into what it is.
Henry Ford

No reason exists why factory work should be dangerous.
Henry Ford

Industry needs not exact a human toll.
Henry Ford

Every business that employs more than one man is a kind of partnership.
Henry Ford

No man is independent as long as he has to depend on another man to help him.
Henry Ford

If an employer urges men to do their best, and the men learn after a while that their best does not bring any reward, then they naturally drop back into ‘getting by.’ But if they see the fruits of hard work in their pay envelope – proof that harder work means higher pay – then also they begin to learn that they are a part of the business, and that its success depends on them and their success depends on it.
Henry Ford

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The day’s work is a great thing – a very great thing! It is at the very foundation of the world; it is the basis of our self-respect.
Henry Ford

No business can stand outgo[ings] that exceeds its income.
Henry Ford

When you pump water out of a well at a faster rate than the water flows in, the well goes dry.
Henry Ford

Idle hands and minds were never intended for any one of us.
Henry Ford

The man who contributes much should take away much.
Henry Ford

[To President Woodrow Wilson on why a man had asked to be buried with his Model T Ford] Because it had gotten him out of every hole he’d ever been in.
Henry Ford

I refuse to recognize that there are impossibilities.
Henry Ford

It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste time.
Henry Ford

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

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
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