Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.
Patience and foresight are the two most important qualities in business.
There is no failure except failure to serve one's purpose.
Thinking without constructive action becomes a disease.
Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.
To do more for the world than the world does for you -- that is success.
To lift farm drudgery off flesh and blood and lay it on steel and motors has been my most constant ambition.
We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's dam is the history we make today.
This company doesn't pay anybody. Only customers can do that. The company merely handles the money.
Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.
You can do anything if you have enthusiasm.
You can do anything if you have enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars.
Profit is a by-product of work; happiness is its chief product.
With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end.
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.
Power and machinery, money and goods, are useful only as they set us free to live.
Labour is the human element which makes the fruitful seasons of the earth useful to men.
Paying good wages is not charity at all-it is the best kind of business.
Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black.
He who would really benefit mankind must reach them through their work.
It is a striving to attain the best. To throttle it would mean to stop all progress. Certain men do not need to compete. They are pioneers.
Change is not always progress. A fever of newness has everywhere been confused with the spirit of progress.
The only thing you can give a man without hurting him is an opportunity.
Skepticism, if by that we mean cautiousness, is the balance wheel of civilization.
Any decision you make isn't worth a tinkers damn until you have formed the habit of making and keeping it.
Wealth, like happiness, is never attained when sought after directly. It comes as a by-product of providing a useful service.
Show me who makes a profit from war, and I'll show you how to stop the war.
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.
Those who believe they can do something and those who believe they can't are both right.
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.
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.
Every one knows that insufficient rest and gorging are not good for anyone, either physically or mentally.
Those who stop marketing to save money are like those who stop a clock to save time.
Stopping advertising to save money is like stopping your watch to save time.
There is no such thing as no chance.
Then why flounder around waiting for good business? Get the costs down by better management. Get the prices down to the buying power.
Every man is better for a period of work under the open sky.
There is no man living who isn't capable of doing more than he thinks he can do.
There's no such thing as no chance.
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.
When I can't handle events, I let them handle themselves.
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.
Working together is success.
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.
Genius is seldom recognized for what it is: a great capacity for hard work.
I cannot discover that anyone knows enough to say definitely what is and what is not possible.
Failure is just a resting place. It is an opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
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.
History doesn't mean dates and wars and textbooks to me; it means the unconquerable pioneer spirit of man.
That the Devil finds work for idle hands to do is probably true. But there is a profound difference between leisure and idleness.
The farther we get away from the land, the greater our insecurity.
Thinking always ahead, thinking always of trying to do more, brings a state of mind in which nothing is impossible. The moment one gets into the 'expert' state of mind a great number of things become impossible.
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.
The biggest goal can be achieved if you simply break it down into enough small parts.
Luck and destiny are the excuses of the world's failures.
I didn't get much peace, but I heard in Norway that Russia might well become a huge market for tractors soon.
Always demanding the best of oneself, living with honor, devoting one's talents and gifts to the benefits of others -- these are the measures of success that endure when material things have passed away.
Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?
I regarded our progress merely as an invitation to do more -- as an indication that we had reached a place where we might begin to perform a real service.
History is more or less bunk.
The question who ought to be boss is like who ought to be the tenor in the quartet? Obviously, the man who can sing tunor.
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.
Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
The greatest day of my life was the day I married Mrs. 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.
Speculation is only a word covering the making of money out of the manipulation of prices, instead of supplying goods and services.
Labor unions are the worst thing that ever struck the earth because they take away a man's independence.
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.
Burdening people with debt is an old deal not a new deal.
If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.
The secret of success is to understand the viewpoint of others.
Everybody wants to be someplace he ain't.
Politics in the true sense, have to do with the prosperity, peace and security of the people.
Everything can always be done better than it is being done.
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.
Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait.
The most important history is the history we make today.
You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do.
Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice.
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.
Competition is the keen cutting edge of business, always shaving away at costs.
A customer votes everyday with his dollar. Our job is make sure he votes for us.
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.
One who fears failure limits his activities.
One who fears failure limits his activities. Failure is only the opportunity more intelligently to begin again.
Money doesn't change men. It merely unmasks them.
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.
If people understood how the economic system works, there'd be a revolution in a minute.
You say I started out with practically nothing, but that isn't correct. We all start with all there is, it's how we use it that makes things possible.
A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.
I was happier when I was doing a mechanic's job.
There are no dead ends. There is always a way out. What you learn in one failure you utilize in your next success.
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.
Vision without execution is just hallucination.
If you think of standardization as the best that you know today, but which is to be improved tomorrow; you get somewhere.
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.
Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.
Any colour -- so long as it's black.
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.
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.
The boss is not paying you. They just keep the money for you only. New customers who actually paid.
The human mind is a channel through which things-to-be are coming into the realm of things-that-are .
A scatterbrain is one who never has an unspoken thought.
The more you think, the more time you have.
You are the Master of your Fate, the Captain of your Soul.
Every man is entitled to make a darn fool of himself at least once in a lifetime.
An educated man is not one whose memory is trained to carry a few dates in history -- he is one who can accomplish things.
We have always found that, if the principles were right, the area over which they were affected did not matter. Size is only a matter of the multiplication table.
The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one's destiny to do, and then do it.
I see no advantage in these new clocks. They run no faster than the ones made 100 years ago.
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.
Integrity is crucial for business success -- once you can fake that, you've got it made.
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.
Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.
Mark my word -- A combination airplane and motor car is coming.
We now know that anything which is economically right is also morally right. There can be no conflict between good economics and good morals.
Mediocrity is the worst enemy of prosperity.
The time will come when man will know even what is going on in the other planets and perhaps be able to visit them.
When everything seems to be going against you,
remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.
History's just one darn thing after another.
It is regrettable that people think about our monetary system, and of our economic structure, only in times of depression.
Don't find fault, find a remedy.
Don't find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain.
The best way is always the simplest. The attics of the world are cluttered up with complicated failures.
Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it.
The basically simple things are best, whether it's automobiles or diets or philosophy.
New York is a different country. Maybe it ought to have a separate government. Everybody thinks differently, they just don't know what the hell the rest of the United States is.
Wars do not end wars any more than an extraordinarily large conflagration does away with the fire hazard.
Under pressure, the mouth speaks when the brain is disengaged, and, sometimes unwittingly, the gearshift is in reverse when it should be in neutral.
It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages.
We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history we make today.
When bankers get into business they usually destroy it.
The workingmen have been exploited all the way up and down the line by employers, landlords, everybody.
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.
The function of the machine is to liberate man from brute burdens, and release his energies to the building of his intellectual and spiritual powers for conquests in the fields of thought and higher action.
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.
Why should I clutter my mind with general information when I have men around me who can supply any knowledge I need?
If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.
Anyone who keeps learning stays young.
Anyone who stops learning is old — whether this happens at twenty or at eighty. Anyone who keeps on learning not only remains young but becomes constantly more valuable — regardless of physical capacity.
My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.
Man minus the Machine is a slave; Man plus the Machine is a freeman.
A man who cannot think is not an educated man however many college degrees he may have acquired.
Nothing can be made except by makers, nothing can be managed except by managers. Money cannot make anything and money cannot manage anything.
A big business never becomes big by being a narrow society looking after only the interests of its organization and stockholders.
You can take my factories, burn up my buildings, but give me my people and I'll build the business right back again.
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.
Exercise is bunk. If you are healthy, you don't need it: if you are sick you should not take it.
These men of many nations must be taught American ways, the English language, and the right way to live.
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.
If I lose a billion dollars, I will have it back in less than five years.
I'll sleep well tonight.
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.
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.
Many people miss opportunity because it came disguised in overalls.
The only motive that can keep politics pure is the motive of doing good for one's country and its people.
You must know all there is to know in your particular field and keep on the alert for new knowledge. The least difference in knowledge between you and another man may spell his success and your failure.
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.
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.
Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this.
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 grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.
I'm looking for a lot of men with an infinite capacity for not knowing what cannot be done.
We do not make changes for the sake of making them, but we never fail to make a change when once it is demonstrated that the new way is better than the old way.
As long as we look to legislation to cure poverty or to abolish special privilege we are going to see poverty and special privilege grow.
Businessmen go down with their businesses because they like the old way so well they cannot change.
People can have the Model T in any color -- so long as it's black.
The object of living is work, experience, happiness.
Success is a matter of adjusting one's efforts to obstacles and one's abilities to a service needed by others.
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.
Reading musses up my mind.
I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can't be done.
The only prosperity the people can afford to be satisfied with is the kind that lasts.
Political parties are like poets, born, not made.