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195 Inspiring Quotes by Henry Ford

  • Last updated Jul 27 2021

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Wikipedia Summary for Henry Ford

Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947) was an American industrialist, business magnate, and founder of the Ford Motor Company and chief developer of the assembly line technique of mass production. By creating the first automobile that middle-class Americans could afford, he converted the automobile from an expensive curiosity into an accessible conveyance that profoundly impacted the landscape of the 20th century.

His introduction of the Ford Model T automobile revolutionized transportation and American industry. As the Ford Motor Company owner, he became one of the richest and best-known people in the world. He is credited with "Fordism": mass production of inexpensive goods coupled with high wages for workers. Ford had a global vision, with consumerism as the key to peace. His intense commitment to systematically lowering costs resulted in many technical and business innovations, including a franchise system that put dealerships throughout North America and major cities on six continents. Ford left most of his vast wealth to the Ford Foundation and arranged for his family to permanently control it.

Ford was also widely known for his pacifism during the first years of World War I, and for promoting antisemitic content, including The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, through his newspaper The Dearborn Independent, and the book The International Jew.

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Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.

--Henry Ford

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Patience and foresight are the two most important qualities in business.

--Henry Ford

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There is no failure except failure to serve one's purpose.

--Henry Ford


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Thinking without constructive action becomes a disease.

--Henry Ford

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

--Henry Ford

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To do more for the world than the world does for you -- that is success.

--Henry Ford

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To lift farm drudgery off flesh and blood and lay it on steel and motors has been my most constant ambition.

--Henry Ford



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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.

--Henry Ford

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This company doesn't pay anybody. Only customers can do that. The company merely handles the money.

--Henry Ford

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Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.

--Henry Ford

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You can do anything if you have enthusiasm.

--Henry Ford

Longer Version:

You can do anything if you have enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars.



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Profit is a by-product of work; happiness is its chief product.

--Henry Ford

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With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford


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Power and machinery, money and goods, are useful only as they set us free to live.

--Henry Ford

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Labour is the human element which makes the fruitful seasons of the earth useful to men.

--Henry Ford

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Paying good wages is not charity at all-it is the best kind of business.

--Henry Ford

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Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black.

--Henry Ford

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He who would really benefit mankind must reach them through their work.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford

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Change is not always progress. A fever of newness has everywhere been confused with the spirit of progress.

--Henry Ford

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The only thing you can give a man without hurting him is an opportunity.

--Henry Ford

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Skepticism, if by that we mean cautiousness, is the balance wheel of civilization.

--Henry Ford

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Any decision you make isn't worth a tinkers damn until you have formed the habit of making and keeping it.

--Henry Ford


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

--Henry Ford

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Show me who makes a profit from war, and I'll show you how to stop the war.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford


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Those who believe they can do something and those who believe they can't are both right.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford

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Every one knows that insufficient rest and gorging are not good for anyone, either physically or mentally.

--Henry Ford

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Those who stop marketing to save money are like those who stop a clock to save time.

--Henry Ford

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Stopping advertising to save money is like stopping your watch to save time.

--Henry Ford

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There is no such thing as no chance.

--Henry Ford

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Then why flounder around waiting for good business? Get the costs down by better management. Get the prices down to the buying power.

--Henry Ford

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Every man is better for a period of work under the open sky.

--Henry Ford

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

--Henry Ford

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There's no such thing as no chance.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford

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When I can't handle events, I let them handle themselves.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford

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Working together is success.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford

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Genius is seldom recognized for what it is: a great capacity for hard work.

--Henry Ford

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I cannot discover that anyone knows enough to say definitely what is and what is not possible.

--Henry Ford

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Failure is just a resting place. It is an opportunity to begin again more intelligently.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford

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History doesn't mean dates and wars and textbooks to me; it means the unconquerable pioneer spirit of man.

--Henry Ford

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That the Devil finds work for idle hands to do is probably true. But there is a profound difference between leisure and idleness.

--Henry Ford

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The farther we get away from the land, the greater our insecurity.

--Henry Ford


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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.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford


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The biggest goal can be achieved if you simply break it down into enough small parts.

--Henry Ford


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Luck and destiny are the excuses of the world's failures.

--Henry Ford

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I didn't get much peace, but I heard in Norway that Russia might well become a huge market for tractors soon.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford

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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?

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford

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History is more or less bunk.

--Henry Ford


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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.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford

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

--Henry Ford

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The greatest day of my life was the day I married Mrs. Ford.

--Henry Ford


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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.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford

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Labor unions are the worst thing that ever struck the earth because they take away a man's independence.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford

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Burdening people with debt is an old deal not a new deal.

--Henry Ford

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If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.

--Henry Ford

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The secret of success is to understand the viewpoint of others.

--Henry Ford

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Everybody wants to be someplace he ain't.

--Henry Ford

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Politics in the true sense, have to do with the prosperity, peace and security of the people.

--Henry Ford

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Everything can always be done better than it is being done.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford

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Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait.

--Henry Ford

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The most important history is the history we make today.

--Henry Ford

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

--Henry Ford

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Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford

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

--Henry Ford

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A customer votes everyday with his dollar. Our job is make sure he votes for us.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford

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One who fears failure limits his activities.

--Henry Ford

Longer Version:

One who fears failure limits his activities. Failure is only the opportunity more intelligently to begin again.


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Money doesn't change men. It merely unmasks them.

--Henry Ford

Longer Version:

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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If people understood how the economic system works, there'd be a revolution in a minute.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford

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

--Henry Ford

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I was happier when I was doing a mechanic's job.

--Henry Ford

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There are no dead ends. There is always a way out. What you learn in one failure you utilize in your next success.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford


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Vision without execution is just hallucination.

--Henry Ford


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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.

--Henry Ford


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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.

--Henry Ford

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

--Henry Ford

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Any colour -- so long as it's black.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford

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The boss is not paying you. They just keep the money for you only. New customers who actually paid.

--Henry Ford

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The human mind is a channel through which things-to-be are coming into the realm of things-that-are .

--Henry Ford

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A scatterbrain is one who never has an unspoken thought.

--Henry Ford

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The more you think, the more time you have.

--Henry Ford


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You are the Master of your Fate, the Captain of your Soul.

--Henry Ford

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Every man is entitled to make a darn fool of himself at least once in a lifetime.

--Henry Ford

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An educated man is not one whose memory is trained to carry a few dates in history -- he is one who can accomplish things.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford

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The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one's destiny to do, and then do it.

--Henry Ford

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I see no advantage in these new clocks. They run no faster than the ones made 100 years ago.

--Henry Ford




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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.

--Henry Ford


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Integrity is crucial for business success -- once you can fake that, you've got it made.

--Henry Ford

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

--Henry Ford

Longer Version:

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


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Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.

--Henry Ford

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Mark my word -- A combination airplane and motor car is coming.

--Henry Ford


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We now know that anything which is economically right is also morally right. There can be no conflict between good economics and good morals.

--Henry Ford

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Mediocrity is the worst enemy of prosperity.

--Henry Ford

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The time will come when man will know even what is going on in the other planets and perhaps be able to visit them.

--Henry Ford

brown sands

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

--Henry Ford

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History's just one darn thing after another.

--Henry Ford

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It is regrettable that people think about our monetary system, and of our economic structure, only in times of depression.

--Henry Ford


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Don't find fault, find a remedy.

--Henry Ford

Longer Version:

Don't find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain.


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The best way is always the simplest. The attics of the world are cluttered up with complicated failures.

--Henry Ford

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

--Henry Ford

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The basically simple things are best, whether it's automobiles or diets or philosophy.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford

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Wars do not end wars any more than an extraordinarily large conflagration does away with the fire hazard.

--Henry Ford

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Under pressure, the mouth speaks when the brain is disengaged, and, sometimes unwittingly, the gearshift is in reverse when it should be in neutral.

--Henry Ford

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

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford

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When bankers get into business they usually destroy it.

--Henry Ford

Arizona landscape pines

The workingmen have been exploited all the way up and down the line by employers, landlords, everybody.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford



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Why should I clutter my mind with general information when I have men around me who can supply any knowledge I need?

--Henry Ford

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

--Henry Ford

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Anyone who keeps learning stays young.

--Henry Ford

Longer Version:

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.


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

--Henry Ford

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Man minus the Machine is a slave; Man plus the Machine is a freeman.

--Henry Ford

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A man who cannot think is not an educated man however many college degrees he may have acquired.

--Henry Ford

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Nothing can be made except by makers, nothing can be managed except by managers. Money cannot make anything and money cannot manage anything.

--Henry Ford

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A big business never becomes big by being a narrow society looking after only the interests of its organization and stockholders.

--Henry Ford

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You can take my factories, burn up my buildings, but give me my people and I'll build the business right back again.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford

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Exercise is bunk. If you are healthy, you don't need it: if you are sick you should not take it.

--Henry Ford

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These men of many nations must be taught American ways, the English language, and the right way to live.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford

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If I lose a billion dollars, I will have it back in less than five years.

--Henry Ford

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I'll sleep well tonight.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford

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Many people miss opportunity because it came disguised in overalls.

--Henry Ford


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The only motive that can keep politics pure is the motive of doing good for one's country and its people.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford

Longer Version:

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.


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I'm looking for a lot of men with an infinite capacity for not knowing what cannot be done.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford


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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.

--Henry Ford

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Businessmen go down with their businesses because they like the old way so well they cannot change.

--Henry Ford

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People can have the Model T in any color -- so long as it's black.

--Henry Ford

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The object of living is work, experience, happiness.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford

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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.

--Henry Ford

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Reading musses up my mind.

--Henry Ford



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

--Henry Ford

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The only prosperity the people can afford to be satisfied with is the kind that lasts.

--Henry Ford


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Political parties are like poets, born, not made.

--Henry Ford

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