Henry Ford's Greatest Quotes

Henry Ford
American automobile engineer and manufacturer Henry Ford (1863 - 1947) in his first car, built in 1896.

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Henry Ford (1863-1947) was an important American inventor who designed the Fort Model T automobile and a method of assembly line production that made the Model T the first affordable (and readily available) automobile for the American consumer.

What Henry Ford said over the years reveal much about the integrity of the inventor, a man dedicated to bringing a fair product at a fair price to the American public. The quotes of Henry Ford also reveal the dedication Ford had to the invention process.

Ford's Quotes About the Automobile

"You can have it in any color you want, as long as it is black."

"I will build a car for the great multitude."

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

Ford's Quotes About Business

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

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

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

"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."

"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."

"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."

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

"Quality means doing it right when no one is looking."

Ford's Quotes on Learning

"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."

"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."

Ford's Quotes on Motivation

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

"Don't find fault, find a remedy."

"Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again. This time more intelligently."

Ford's Quotes on Spirituality

"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?"

Ford's Philosophical Quotes

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

"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."

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

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

"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 that person’s angle as well as from your own."

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