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Charles F. Kettering Quotes

(1876-1958), American Engineer, Inventor

Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.

Category: Achievement

Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down.

Category: Action

When I was research head of General Motors and wanted a problem solved, I'd place a table outside the meeting room with a sign: LEAVE SLIDE RULES HERE! If I didn't do that, I'd find some engineer reaching for his slide rule. Then he'd be on his feet saying, ''Boss you can't do that.''

Category: Analysis

The future can be anything we want it to be, providing we have the faith and that we realize that peace, no less than war, required ''blood and sweat and tears.''

Category: Blood

If a fellow wants to be a nobody in the business world, let him neglect sending the mail man to somebody on his behalf.

Category: Business

The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.

Category: Change

A person must have a certain amount of intelligent ignorance to get anywhere.

Category: Common Sense

We often say that the biggest job we have is to teach a newly hired employee to fail intelligently... to experiment over and over again and to keep on trying and failing until he learns what will work.

Category: Failure

You will never stub your toe standing still. The faster you go, the more chance there is of stubbing your toe, but the more chance you have of getting somewhere.

Category: Failure

We need to teach the highly educated man that it is not a disgrace to fail and that he must analyze every failure to find its cause. He must learn how to fail intelligently, for failing is one of the greatest arts in the world.

Category: Failure

Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.

Category: Failure

My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.

Category: Future

We should all be concerned about the future because we will have to spend the rest of our lives there.

Category: Future

If you want to kill any idea in the world today, get a committee working on it.

Category: Ideas

Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future.

Category: Imagination