Posted by: Jodi | January 30, 2011

Quickly Quoteable #44 – Henry Ford

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”

“Don’t find fault, find a remedy.”

“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.”

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

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

“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.”

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

“One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.”

Henry Ford

  • Born: 30 July 1863
  • Birthplace: Greenfield Township, Michigan
  • Died: 7 April 1947
  • Best Known As: Creator of the Ford Motor Company

Henry Ford created the first inexpensive mass-produced automobile — the Model T — and revolutionized American industry by developing and refining assembly line manufacturing. Ford began his working life as a machinist, then became an engineer with the Edison Illuminating Company. (He and Thomas Edison remained close friends for decades.) In his spare time Ford tinkered with creating a motorized vehicle, and in 1896 introduced the Quadricycle, a four-wheeled cart with a gasoline engine. (Ford has often been credited with inventing the automobile, though historians now agree he was only one of many people who built motorized cars.) In 1903 the Ford Motor Company was founded, and in 1908 Ford introduced the Model T. By 1924 10 million Model T cars had been sold and Detroit had become the auto-making capital of America. Ford remained one of the country’s most famous and influential businessmen until his death in 1947.

The Edsel model car, a famous Ford Motors flop, was named for Ford’s only child, who died in 1943… Ford Motors was later run by Edsel’s son and Ford’s grandson, Henry Ford II… Ford’s personal opinions were sometimes controversial, especially his attacks on the Jewish community and pre-war support of Adolf Hitler… After Ford’s death much of his fortune was used to create the philanthropic Ford Foundation… Ford is often quoted as saying “History is bunk.” The real quote, according to Bartlett’s Quotations, is: “History is more or less bunk.” Ford made the statement in a 1916 interview with the Chicago Tribune.


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Responses

  1. Ford’s quote:

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

    Reminded me of this quote:

    “If we limit our choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, we disconnect ourselves from what we truly want; all that’s left is compromise.” ~ Robert Fritz

    Reach for the Stars!

    Thanks, Jodi

  2. Thanks for sharing. These quotes are so true. If you think life is wonderful, it is. (me I guess, lol)

  3. Great quotes.

  4. I had a great time going through the list of Ford quotes, they were all very good. It was hard to pick out the handful I liked best. I’m glad you all liked them as well!


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