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Charles F. Kettering Quote: “Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.”

Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.

— Charles F. Kettering



Charles F. Kettering Quote: “High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.”

High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “A problem well stated is a problem half-solved.”

A problem well stated is a problem half-solved.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “Every father should remember one day his son will follow his example, not his advice.”

Every father should remember one day his son will follow his example, not his advice.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “If I have had any success, it’s due to luck, but I notice the harder I work, the luckier I get.”

If I have had any success, it’s due to luck, but I notice the harder I work, the luckier I get.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “It doesn’t matter if you try and try and try again, and fail. It does matter if you try and fail, and fail to try again.”

It doesn’t matter if you try and try and try again, and fail. It does matter if you try and fail, and fail to try again.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.”

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

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “Every great improvement has come after repeated failures. Virtually nothing comes out right the first time. Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.”

Every great improvement has come after repeated failures. Virtually nothing comes out right the first time. Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “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.”

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.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress.”

Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress.

— Charles F. Kettering



Charles F. Kettering Quote: “The price of progress is trouble.”

The price of progress is trouble.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “There is a great difference between knowing and understanding: you can know a lot about something and not really understand it.”

There is a great difference between knowing and understanding: you can know a lot about something and not really understand it.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “Action without intelligence is a form of insanity, but intelligence without action is the greatest form of stupidity in the world.”

Action without intelligence is a form of insanity, but intelligence without action is the greatest form of stupidity in the world.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “It is the ‘follow through’ that makes the great difference between ultimate success and failure, because it is so easy to stop.”

It is the ‘follow through’ that makes the great difference between ultimate success and failure, because it is so easy to stop.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “If you’re doing something the same way you have been doing it for ten years, the chances are you are doing it wrong.”

If you’re doing something the same way you have been doing it for ten years, the chances are you are doing it wrong.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “People are very open-minded about new things – as long as they’re exactly like the old ones.”

People are very open-minded about new things – as long as they’re exactly like the old ones.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “One fails forward toward success.”

One fails forward toward success.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future.”

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

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “Research means that you don’t know, but are willing to find out.”

Research means that you don’t know, but are willing to find out.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “Problems are the price of progress. Don’t bring me anything but trouble. Good news weakens me.”

Problems are the price of progress. Don’t bring me anything but trouble. Good news weakens me.

— Charles F. Kettering



Charles F. Kettering Quote: “Every honest researcher I know admits he’s just a professional amateur. He’s doing whatever he’s doing for the first time. That makes him an amateur. He has sense enough to know that he’s going to have a lot of trouble, so that makes him a professional.”

Every honest researcher I know admits he’s just a professional amateur. He’s doing whatever he’s doing for the first time. That makes him an amateur. He has sense enough to know that he’s going to have a lot of trouble, so that makes him a professional.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “No one would have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in the storm.”

No one would have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in the storm.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “This problem, too, will look simple after it is solved.”

This problem, too, will look simple after it is solved.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “There exist limitless opportunities in every industry. Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier.”

There exist limitless opportunities in every industry. Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “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.”

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.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “99 percent of success is built on failure.”

99 percent of success is built on failure.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “The only time you mustn’t fail is the last time you try.”

The only time you mustn’t fail is the last time you try.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “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.”

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.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he’s in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots.”

An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he’s in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “Learn how to fail intelligently.”

Learn how to fail intelligently.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “The key to economic prosperity is the organized creation of dissatisfaction.”

The key to economic prosperity is the organized creation of dissatisfaction.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “The opportunities of man are limited only by his imagination. But so few have imagination that there are ten thousand fiddlers to one composer.”

The opportunities of man are limited only by his imagination. But so few have imagination that there are ten thousand fiddlers to one composer.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “All human development, no matter what form it takes, must be outside the rules; otherwise we would never have anything new.”

All human development, no matter what form it takes, must be outside the rules; otherwise we would never have anything new.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “If you want to kill any idea in the world, get a committee working on it.”

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

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “It is not a disgrace to fail. Failing is one of the greatest arts in the world.”

It is not a disgrace to fail. Failing is one of the greatest arts in the world.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “Why is the human skull as dense as it is? Nowadays we can send a message around the world in one-seventh of a second, but it takes years to drive an idea through a quarter-inch of human skull.”

Why is the human skull as dense as it is? Nowadays we can send a message around the world in one-seventh of a second, but it takes years to drive an idea through a quarter-inch of human skull.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “A research problem is not solved by apparatus; it is solved in a man’s head.”

A research problem is not solved by apparatus; it is solved in a man’s head.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “It is man’s destiny to ponder on the riddle of existence and, as a byproduct of his wonderment, to create a new life on this earth.”

It is man’s destiny to ponder on the riddle of existence and, as a byproduct of his wonderment, to create a new life on this earth.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “If we taught music the way we try to teach engineering, in an unbroken four year course, we could end up with all theory and no music. When we study music, we start to practice from the beginning, and we practice for the entire time...”

If we taught music the way we try to teach engineering, in an unbroken four year course, we could end up with all theory and no music. When we study music, we start to practice from the beginning, and we practice for the entire time...

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “I am not interested in the past. I am interested in the future, for that is where I expect to spend the rest of my life.”

I am not interested in the past. I am interested in the future, for that is where I expect to spend the rest of my life.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “Research is an organized method for keeping you reasonably dissatisfied with what you have.”

Research is an organized method for keeping you reasonably dissatisfied with what you have.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “One of the things we have to be thankful for is that we don’t get as much government as we pay for.”

One of the things we have to be thankful for is that we don’t get as much government as we pay for.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “Do not bring me your successes; they weaken me. Bring me your problems; they strengthen me.”

Do not bring me your successes; they weaken me. Bring me your problems; they strengthen me.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “I don’t want men of experience working for me. The experienced man is always telling me why something can’t be done. The fellow who has not had any experience is so dumb he doesn’t know a thing can’t be done – and he goes ahead and does it.”

I don’t want men of experience working for me. The experienced man is always telling me why something can’t be done. The fellow who has not had any experience is so dumb he doesn’t know a thing can’t be done – and he goes ahead and does it.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “A man must have a certain amount of intelligent ignorance to get anywhere.”

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

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “The difference between intelligence and an education is this-that intelligence will make you a good living.”

The difference between intelligence and an education is this-that intelligence will make you a good living.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “Logic is a system whereby one may go wrong with confidence.”

Logic is a system whereby one may go wrong with confidence.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “People see the wrongness in an idea much quicker that the rightness.”

People see the wrongness in an idea much quicker that the rightness.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “You can send a message around the world in one-fifth of a second, yet it may take years for it to get from the outside of a man’s head to the inside.”

You can send a message around the world in one-fifth of a second, yet it may take years for it to get from the outside of a man’s head to the inside.

— Charles F. Kettering


Charles F. Kettering Quote: “Whenever you look at a piece of work and you think the fellow was crazy, then you want to pay some attention to that. One of you is likely to be, and you had better find out which one it is. It makes an awful lot of difference.”

Whenever you look at a piece of work and you think the fellow was crazy, then you want to pay some attention to that. One of you is likely to be, and you had better find out which one it is. It makes an awful lot of difference.

— Charles F. Kettering

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