Henry Ford was born on July 30, 1863, near Dearborn, Michigan. His name is synonymous with the moving assembly line since he created an efficient system of production that revolutionized the course of automobile manufacturing. This concept went even further with production lines that produce everything from plastic cutlery to motor cars.
Henry Ford’s Ford Motor Company was established in 1903 and to gain financial backing to enable the company’s expansion and produce more cars; he used another of his skills – as a publicist. Henry Ford was excellent at public relations and getting publicity for himself and his interests. That’s maybe why the statement mentioned above was uttered (if at all) in the first place.
One of his first projects was motor racing (around the early 1900’s, racing drivers were aiming for an astonishing one-minute mile!). He started by racing his own cars before employing another person to race them. He raced them successfully.
37 Most Inspirational Quotes by Henry Ford
As we advance in life we learn the limits of our abilities.
The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.
You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.
Don’t find fault, find a remedy.
Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.
idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous.
It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.
Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.
A market is never saturated with a good product, but it is very quickly saturated with a bad one.
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.
Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.
You don’t have to hold a position in order to be a leader.
If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said ‘faster horses’.
The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability.
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.
If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.
There is no man living who isn’t capable of doing more than he thinks he can do.
Competition is the keen cutting edge of business, always shaving away at costs.
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.
Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars.
You can’t learn in school what the world is going to do next year.
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.
The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do more for the betterment of life.
A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.
Vision without execution is just hallucination.
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.
Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it.
Employers only handle the money – it is the customer who pays the wages.
A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.
There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.
There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: make the best quality goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible.
I cannot discover that anyone knows enough to say what is and what is definitely not possible.
To do more for the world than the world does for you – that is success.
Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.
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.
I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done.