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Henry Ford

Henry Ford 1863-1947
American Industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company, developer of assembly line for mass production
 Great Truths       

Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.

Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.

You cannot learn in school what the world is going to do next year.

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

There is no man living that cannot do more than he thinks he can.

Time and money spent in helping men to do more for themselves is far better than mere giving.

If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're usually right.

My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.

Any colour - so long as it's black.

Money is like an arm or leg - use it or lose it.

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.

You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.

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

Don’t find fault, find a remedy.

It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages.

Most people spend more time and energy going around problems then in trying to solve them.

I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done.

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.

There are no big problems, there are just a lot of little problems.

Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement.

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.

Wealth, like happiness, is never attained when sought after directly. It comes as a byproduct of providing a useful service.

Competition is the keen cutting edge of business, always shaving away at costs.

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.

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

If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.

A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.

If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.

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.

I believe God is managing affairs and that he doesn’t need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about.

There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.

Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars. 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.

A market is never saturated with a good product, but it is very quickly saturated with a bad one.

What’s right about America is that although we have a mess of problems, we have a great capacity – intellect and resources – to do something about them.

The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do more for the betterment of life.

Business is never so healthy as when, like a chicken, it must do a certain amount of scratching around for what it gets.

Speculation is only a word covering the making of money out of the manipulation of prices, instead of supplying goods and services.

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.