Top 350+ Motivational Quotes By Henry Ford

Top 350+ Motivational Quotes By Henry Ford

Written by Vishal for Factober


October 20, 2020

Henry Ford Quotes

Henry Ford was an American industrialist and business magnate, founder of the Ford Motor Company, and chief developer. Read these motivational quotes about business, entrepreneurship for inspiration.

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  1. Big business never becomes big by being a narrow society looking after only the interests of its organization and stockholders.
  2. A bore is a person who opens his mouth and puts his feats in it.
  3. A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.
  4. A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.
  5. A department is a little factory unto itself with input and output.
  6. A disregard of competition. Whoever does a thing best ought to be the one to do it. It is criminal to try to get business away from another man—criminal because one is then trying to lower for personal gain the condition of one’s fellow man—to rule by force instead of by intelligence.
  7. A happy & contented nation is an example to the whole world. Where there is contentment there must be peace.
  8. A low wage business is always insecure.
  9. A man’s college and university degrees mean nothing to me until I see what he is able to do with them.
  10. A market is never saturated with a good product, but it is very quickly saturated with a bad one.
  11. A monopoly of jobs in this country is just as bad as a monopoly of bread!
  12. A nation that knows how to work will never suffer.
  13. A peaceful nation is one that has the means to make war and restrains.
  14. Advancement begins within the man himself; when he advances from half-interest to strength of purpose; when he advances from hesitancy to decisive directness; when he advances from immaturity to maturity of judgment; when he advances from apprenticeship to mastery; when he advances from a mere dilettante at labour to a worker who finds a genuine joy in work; when he advances from an eye-server to one who can be entrusted to do his work without oversight and without prodding—why, then the world advances!”
  15. All life is experience, and one level is exchanged for another only when its lesson is learned.
  16. All that the Ford industries have done—all that I have done—is to endeavour to evidence by works that service comes before profit and that the sort of business which makes the world better for its presence is a noble profession.
  17. Although Mr. Edison was called ‘The Wizard’ of the electrical world and everyone thought that electricity was the coming thing, he actually encouraged me to go with my second car.
  18. America is not a land of money but of wealth-not a land of rich people, but of successful workers.
  19. An able man is a man who can do things, and his ability to do things is dependent on what he has in him. What he has in him depends on what he started with and what he has done to increase and discipline it.
  20. An absence of fear of the future and of veneration for the past. One who fears the future, who fears failure, limits his activities. Failure is only the opportunity more intelligently to begin again. There is no disgrace in honest failure; there is disgrace in fearing to fail. What is past is useful only as it suggests ways and means for progress.
  21. An educated person, I think, is one who not only knows a lot, but knows how to do a lot of things.
  22. An idea is not necessarily good because it is old, or necessarily bad because it is new, but if an old idea works, then the weight of the evidence is all in its favor. Ideas are of themselves extraordinarily valuable, but an idea is just an idea. Almost any one can think up an idea. The thing that counts is developing it into a practical product.
  23. An idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous.
  24. An imitation may be quite successful in its own way, but imitation can never be Success. Success is a first-hand creation.
  25. An impartial investigation of the last war, of what preceded it and what has come out of it, would show beyond a doubt that there is in the world a group of men with vast powers of control, that prefers to remain unknown, that does not seek office or any of the tokens of power, that belongs to no nation whatever but is international—a force that uses every government, every widespread business organization, every agency of publicity, every resource of national psychology, to throw the world into a panic for the sake of getting still more power over the world.
  26. And when a man is really at work, he needs no title. His work honours him.
  27. Any colour – so long as it’s black.
  28. Any man can learn anything he will, but no man can teach except to those who want to learn.
  29. Any man can learn anything he will, but no man can teach except to those who want to learn. Education is preeminently a matter of quality, not amount”
  30. Anyone who does anything useful will not go unpaid.
  31. 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.
  32. Anything that is not right, whether it temporarily favors the employees or the employers, cannot last-because it is not right.
  33. As betting at the race ring adds neither strength nor speed to the horse, so the exchange of shares in the stock market adds no capital to business, no increase in the production and no purchasing power to the market.
  34. As far as competition is concerned, that must continue. But we must learn what competition really is. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. As members of the Ford Motor organization we are engaged in the production of an article of use for the people of all countries. Our principle is to make our work as profitable for the buyer as for the seller.
  37. As we advance in life we learn the limits of our abilities.
  38. As we serve our jobs we serve the world.
  39. Ask 100 people what they want and 80 will not know. 15 will claim to know. 5 will have a preference. The 95 are the market, few of the 5 are willing to pay… Don’t listen to the 5% who request the changes. Listen to the 95% who buy without making a fuss!”
  40. Be not bound by the present, but leave nothing to luck.
  41. Be ready to revise any system, scrap any method, abandon any theory, if the success of the job requires it.
  42. Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.
  43. Being greedy for money is the surest way not to get it, but when one serves for the sake of service—for the satisfaction of doing that which one believes to be right—then money abundantly takes care of itself.
  44. Bolshevism failed because it was both unnatural and immoral. Our system stands. Is it wrong? Of course it is wrong, at a thousand points! Is it clumsy? Of course it is clumsy. By all right and reason it ought to break down. But it does not—because it is instinct with certain economic and moral fundamentals. The economic fundamental is labour. Labour is the human element which makes the fruitful seasons of the earth useful to men. It is men’s labour that makes the harvest what it is. That is the economic fundamental: every one of us is working with material which we did not and could not create, but which was presented to us by Nature.
  45. Burdening people with debt is an old deal not a new deal.
  46. Business is never so healthy as when, like a chicken, it must do a certain amount of scratching around for what it gets.
  47. Businesses that grow by development and improvement do not die.
  48. Buying ahead of requirements does not pay. Any wins are negated later down the line.
  49. Capital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime as charity is wrong as a cure for poverty.
  50. Children have helped me a lot.
  51. Competition is the keen cutting edge of business, always shaving away at costs.
  52. Competition is the lifeblood of industry.
  53. Competition whose motive is merely to compete, to drive some other fellow out, never carries very far.
  54. Cutting wages is not the way to recovery. Raise wages and improve the product.
  55. Depressions aren’t acts of God; like wars, they are the work of a small group of men who profit by them.
  56. Do you want to know the cause of war? It is capitalism, greed, the dirty hunger for dollars. Take away the capitalist, and you will sweep war from the earth.
  57. Don’t cheapen the product; don’t cheapen the wage; don’t overcharge the public. Put brains into the method, and more brains, and still more brains—do things better than ever before; and by this means all parties to business are served and benefited.
  58. Don’t find fault, find a remedy.
  59. Edison, to a greater extent than has ever been recognized, is the father of American industrial methods.
  60. Education is preeminently a matter of quality, not amount.
  61. Education not just preparation for life, but part if life itself-a continuous art.
  62. Efficient industry is the sole key to prosperity”
  63. Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars.
  64. 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.
  65. Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement.
  66. Every business is a monarchy with, not a man, but an idea as king.
  67. Every failure is an opportunity to begin again with more information.
  68. Every man is entitled to make a darn fool of himself at least once in a lifetime.’ -Regarding Great War Peace Ship”
  69. Every one knows that insufficient rest and gorging are not good for anyone, either physically or mentally.
  70. Every success is the mother of countless others.
  71. Every time you can so arrange that one man will do the work of two, you so add to the wealth of the country that there will be a new and better job for the man who is displaced.
  72. Everything can always be done better than it is being done.
  73. Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.
  74. Everything is in flux, and was meant to be. Life flows. We may live at the same number of the street, but it is never the same man who lives there.
  75. Exercise is bunk. If you are healthy, you don’t need it: if you are sick you should not take it.
  76. Experience is the harvest of life, and every harvest is the result of a sowing. The experience which young people must crave is that of success in some service for which they are naturally fitted.
  77. Experience is the thing of supreme value.
  78. Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
  79. Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
  80. Failure is the opportunity to begin again, only more intelligently.
  81. Fairs and public displays”, Henry Ford has said, “are the best means we have yet found of showing large numbers of people the real methods of industry.
  82. Faith is one of the most effective tools in the human equipment. I believe that faith works.
  83. Faith without action is delusion. Faith does not wait for miracles but produces them. If you think you can or if you think you can’t, you are right.
  84. From the start I had my own ideas about how the business should run. I wanted it to benefit everybody who contributed to its success-stockholders, labor and the American public.
  85. Genius is seldom recognized for what it is: a great capacity for hard work.
  86. Getting permanent value out of a job means purpose and fitting means to ends.
  87. Given a good idea to start with, it is better to concentrate on perfecting it than to hunt around for a new idea. One idea at a time is about as much as any one can handle.
  88. Givers have to set limits because takers rarely do.
  89. Greatest thing in life is experience. Even mistakes have value.
  90. Greatest thing we can produce is character. Everything else can be taken from us, but not our character.
  91. Hard knocks have a place and value, but hard thinking goes farther in less time.
  92. History doesn’t mean dates and wars and textbooks to me; it means the unconquerable pioneer spirit of man.
  93. History is more or less bunk.
  94. History is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. 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 made today.
  95. How soon will Ford blow up?” Nobody knows how many thousand times it has been asked since. It is asked only because of the failure to grasp that a principle rather than an individual is at work, and the principle is so simple that it seems mysterious.
  96. I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done.
  97. I am looking for a lot of men who have and infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done.
  98. 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.
  99. I believe in 100% Theory and 100% Practice. Theory without practical application is futile.
  100. I believe that any stock that is sold should have real value as automobile or bushel of potatoes, and stock market should be run as a vegetable market.
  101. I can visualize the time when almost every family will have a small plane in their back yard.
  102. I cannot discover that anyone knows enough to say definitely what is and what is not possible.
  103. I cannot say that it was hard work. No work with interest is ever hard. I always am certain of results. They always come if you work hard enough. But it was a very great thing to have my wife even more confident than I was. She has always been that way.
  104. 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.
  105. I don’t expect to retire. Every man must work, that’s his natural destiny.
  106. I don’t know anybody so old he can’t do something useful. Just give them a chance and see.
  107. I don’t like to read books. They muss up my mind.
  108. I don’t read history. That’s in the past. I’m thinking of the future.
  109. I haven’t put a pencil to a piece of paper, working out a problem, in years; I do it in my head.
  110. I I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.
  111. I invented nothing new. I simply assembled the discoveries of other men behind whom were centuries of work. Had I worked fifty or ten or even five years before, I would have failed. So it is with every new thing. Progress happens when all the factors that make for it are ready, and then it is inevitable. To teach that a comparatively few men are responsible for the greatest forward steps of mankind is the worst sort of nonsense.
  112. I see no advantage in these new clocks. They run no faster than the ones made 100 years ago.
  113. I think it should not be otherwise in industry. The men are there to get the greatest possible amount of work done and to receive the highest possible pay. If each man were permitted to act in his own way, production would suffer and therefore pay would suffer. Any one who does not like to work in our way may always leave.
  114. I think that unless we know more about machines and their use, unless we better understand the mechanical portion of life; we are not able to enjoy the trees, the birds, the flowers, the green fields, the sky and the nature to the fullest (~a little edited *_^*).
  115. I think that unless we know more about machines and their use, unless we better understand the mechanical portion of life; we are not able to enjoy the trees, the birds, the flowers, the sky and the nature to the fullest (~a little edited *_^*).
  116. I will build a car for the great multitude. It will be large enough for the family, but small enough for the individual to run and care for. It will be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise. But it will be so low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one…
  117. I wouldn’t give five cents for all the art in the world.
  118. I wouldn’t have the Presidency or any political office-don’t want anything to do with it nor have politics have anything to do with me.
  119. I’m looking for a lot of men with an infinite capacity for not knowing what cannot be done.
  120. Ideas are of themselves extraordinarily valuable, but an idea is just an idea. Almost any one can think up an idea. The thing that counts is developing it into a practical product.
  121. Idleness is the reason for many of our troubles.
  122. If a device would save in time 10% or bring about results worth 10% then its absence is worth 10%.
  123. If a young man wants to fit himself for the Politics of tomorrow, let him fit himself into essential industry for the purpose of learning how best to conduct it for the whole public good.
  124. If an employer urges men to do their best, and the men learn after a while that their best does not bring any reward, then they naturally drop back into “getting by.” But if they see the fruits of hard work in their pay envelope—proof that harder work means higher pay—then also they begin to learn that they are a part of the business, and that its success depends on them and their success depends on it.
  125. If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.
  126. If governments would only understand that if people are left alone they’ll work out their own salvation.
  127. 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.
  128. If the boss stands in the way of men getting what they earn, he is not fit to be boss.
  129. If the people really set their minds on anything it is impossible to prevent their getting what they want.
  130. 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.
  131. If we could get all religions together on a common purpose-the elimination of jealousies and the things that make men covet another’s belongings, we would be a long way toward the goal of outmoding war, depression and poverty.
  132. If we had borrowed we should not have been under the necessity of finding methods to cheapen production.
  133. If we had more justice there would be less need of charity.
  134. If you do what you always did, you get what you always gotten.
  135. If you find out what men want and give them that, you are pleasing them. If you find out what is good for them and give them that, you are performing a service. That’s what we are trying to do.
  136. If you go into a union, they have got you, but what have you got?”
  137. If you keep a record of all your failures you will soon have a list of everything which cannot be done.
  138. If you make what they need, and sell it at a price which makes possession a help and not a hardship, then you will do business as long as there is business to do. People buy what helps them just as naturally as they drink water.
  139. If you need a machine and don’t buy it, then you will ultimately find that you have paid for it and don’t have it.
  140. If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.
  141. Improvements have been coming so quickly that the past is being lost to the rising generation, and it can be preserved only by putting it in a form where it may be seen and felt. That is the reason behind this collection.
  142. In March, 1902, I resigned, determined never again to put myself under orders. The Detroit Automobile Company later became the Cadillac Company under the ownership of the Lelands, who”
  143. In teaching the children at Greenfield Village, we are trying to get back some of the solid McGuffey qualities.
  144. in the beginning there was hardly any one who sensed that the automobile could be a large factor in industry. The”
  145. In the Ford Motor Company we emphasize service equally with sales.
  146. In the long run people are going to buy the cheapest and the best article no matter where it is made.
  147. Increasingly better product at an ever−decreasing price.
  148. It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.
  149. It is easier to make money from money than it is to make money from business. Don’t take the acumen of bankers as any guide for business, all they know is money.
  150. It is easy to give; it is harder to make giving unnecessary.
  151. It is inevitable that any one who can borrow freely to cover errors of management will borrow rather than correct the errors.
  152. It is not good management to take profits out of the workers or the buyers; make management produce the profits. Don’t cheapen the product; don’t cheapen the wage; don’t overcharge the public. Put brains into the method, and more brains, and still more brains—do things better than ever before; and by this means all parties to business are served and benefited.
  153. It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages.
  154. It is not usual to speak of an employee as a partner, and yet what else is he?”
  155. It is probably true that the commonest real cause of anti-semitism is the action of the international Jew who is often unknown and always secure, but innocent victim of it is the poor Jew.
  156. It is regrettable that people think about our monetary system, and of our economic structure, only in times of depression.
  157. 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.
  158. It ought to be the employer’s ambition as leader to pay than any similar line of business, and it ought to be the workman’s ambition to make it possible.
  159. Life is a series of experiences, each of which makes us bigger, even though it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and griefs which we endure help us in our marching onward.
  160. 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.
  161. Life is neither old or new, ancient or modern, but simply more or less vivid-any song or musical composition will live that expresses or reproduces this vividness of life.-From this you will see that I believe that music fills a great place. The teaching of it goes far to restore the balance and richness of life, and-I might add- the unit of life also.
  162. Life, as I see it, is not a location, but a journey. Even the man who most feels himself “settled” is not settled—he is probably sagging back. Everything is in flux, and was meant to be. Life flows. We may live at the same number of the street, but it is never the same man who lives there.
  163. Life, as I see it, is not a location, but a journey. Life flows.
  164. Little difficulties are made to swell until they fill our horizon while the real big blessings of life are dwindled down to nothing.
  165. Look beyond the individual to the cause of his misery.
  166. Machinery was invented by labor for labor-serving purposes. The wheel is the basis of the machine.
  167. 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.
  168. Man is a comparative being. Substandard things must go before super-standard things can come.
  169. Man minus the Machine is a slave; Man plus the Machine is a freeman.
  170. Manufacturing is not buying low and selling high. It is the process of buying materials fairly and, with the smallest possible addition of cost, transforming those materials into a consumable product and giving it to the consumer. Gambling, speculating, and sharp dealing, tend only to clog this progression.
  171. Many inventors fail because they do not distinguish between planning and experimenting.
  172. 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.
  173. Mark my word: A combination airplane and motor car is coming..
  174. Mass production is craftsmanship with the drudgery taken out of it.
  175. 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.
  176. Money doesn’t make us anyway it just unmasks us.
  177. Money is like an arm or leg – use it or lose it.
  178. Money is like an arm or leg- use it or lose it.
  179. Money will ruin the life of any man who treats it like anything but a tool with which to work.
  180. More men are beaten than fail. It is not wisdom they need or money, or brilliance, or “pull,” but just plain gristle and bone. This rude, simple, primitive power which we call “stick-to-it-iveness” is the uncrowned king of the world of endeavour. People are utterly wrong in their slant upon things. They see the successes that men have made and somehow they appear to be easy. But that is a world away from the facts. It is failure that is easy. Success is always hard. A man can fail in ease; he can succeed only by paying out all that he has and is.
  181. Most fashionable commodity in US is going to be old-fashioned common sense & work.
  182. Most of the present acute troubles of the world arise out of taking on new ideas without first carefully investigating to discover if they are good ideas. An idea is not necessarily good because it is old, or necessarily bad because it is new, but if an old idea works, then the weight of the evidence is all in its favor. Ideas”
  183. Most of the sickness in the world is caused by eating too much.
  184. Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.
  185. Most people think that faith means believing something; oftener it means trying something, giving it a chance to prove itself.
  186. Most surely all guys aren’t same, and any democratic concept which strives to make men equal is handiest an attempt to block development”
  187. Mr. Edison was comfortably well off-he was not a money maker.
  188. Music and song are, in my opinion, so fine and necessary a part of life that without them we cannot be said really to live at all.
  189. My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.
  190. Nations are great as they are prosperous as they are industrious as they are just.
  191. 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.
  192. No American ought to be compelled to strike for his rights. He ought to receive them naturally, easily, as a matter of course.
  193. No one can be helped unless he can be put in the way of helping himself.
  194. No one ever wins a war.
  195. No one will ever get anywhere in this world unless he becomes a teacher, one who can show others how to do things.
  196. No unemployment insurance can be compared to an alliance between a man and a plot of land. With one foot in the land, human society is firmly balanced against most economic uncertainties. With a job to supply him with cash, and a plot of land to guarantee him support, the individual is doubly secure. Stocks may fail, but seedtime and harvest do not fail.
  197. None of our men are ‘experts.’ We have most unfortunately found it necessary to get rid of a man as soon as he thinks himself an expert because no one ever considers himself expert if he really knows his job. A man who knows a job sees so much more to be done than he has done, that he is always pressing forward and never gives up an instant of thought to how good and how efficient he is. 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.
  198. Nothing can be made except by makers, nothing can be managed except by managers. Money cannot make anything and money cannot manage anything.
  199. Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
  200. Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
  201. Of all the follies the elder generation falls victim to this is the most foolish, namely, the constant criticism of the younger element who will not be and cannot be like ourselves because we and they are different tribes produced of different elements in the great spirit of Time.
  202. 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.
  203. Only one thing makes prosperity, and that is work.
  204. Our modern industrialism, changed to motives of public service, will provide means to remove every injustice that gives soil for prejudice.
  205. Paying good wages is not charity at all-it is the best kind of business.
  206. People are never so likely to be wrong as when they are organized. And they never have so little freedom. Perhaps that is why the people at large keep their freedom. People can be manipulated only when they are organized.
  207. People didn’t want war..we were forced in fast we finish it depends on how free a hand our generals and admirals have. The less interference they get from the politicians the quicker they’ll end it.
  208. People who are capable of and fit for freedom liberate themselves from physical thralldom by substituting mind for muscle.
  209. People will try to fix world but world will fix people.
  210. Poetry without music may be beautiful, but music gives poetry wings and elevates it into song. That may be the reason for our love of song-it has wings and lifts us; with proper songs, it is a nourishing spiritual exercise.
  211. Politics in the true sense, have to do with the prosperity, peace and security of the people.
  212. Power and machinery, money and goods, are useful only as they set us free to live.
  213. President Hoover has done everything any one could do to bring about improvement in business and industry. Everything President Hoover has advised or tried to put into effect has been sound.
  214. Profits are not financial-they’re social. Everybody profits from industry. Politicians don’t understand profits because they can pay bills out of taxation.
  215. Profits made out of the distress of the people are always much smaller than profits made out of the most lavish service of the people at the lowest prices that competent management can make possible.
  216. Progress is a new season and the rule of progress is everything in its season.
  217. Progress through cautious, well founded experiments.
  218. Public officials are all right if they stay in their proper sphere and perform their proper functions but when they get greedy for wider scope and more power and money they lose their value and become parasites.
  219. Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.
  220. Should a man quit at 40 he is failure-Retire at that age is sorry failure.
  221. Skepticism, if by that we mean cautiousness, is the balance wheel of civilization.
  222. Sometimes you just don’t like somebody.
  223. Speculation into thing already produced that is not business”
  224. Speculation is only a word covering the making of money out of the manipulation of prices, instead of supplying goods and services.
  225. Stock in the Ford Motor Company would increase the cost of the car. I am only interested in reducing the price of our car.
  226. Stock market never made business-business makes the stock market.
  227. Strive for minimum waste, minimum profit, maximum distribution.
  228. Success is 99% failure.
  229. Suppression of progress plays into the hands of the social enemy. Every advance in social justice establishes the nation.
  230. Teach children not to be gullible.
  231. That is the way I have always worked. I draw a plan and work out every detail on the plan before starting to build. For otherwise one will waste a great deal of time in makeshifts as the work goes on and the finished article will not have coherence. It”
  232. That is the way with wise people—they are so wise and practical that they always know to a dot just why something cannot be done; they always know the limitations. That is why I never employ an expert in full bloom. If ever I wanted to kill opposition by unfair means I would endow the opposition with experts. They would have so much good advice that I could be sure they would do little work.
  233. That is very much like asking: Who ought to be the tenor in the quartet?” Obviously, the man who can sing tenor.
  234. That man is best educated who knows the greatest number of things that are so, and who can do the greatest number of things to help and heal the world.
  235. That the Devil finds work for idle hands to do is probably true. But there is a profound difference between leisure and idleness.
  236. That the earth produces, or is capable of producing, enough to give decent sustenance to everyone—not of food alone, but of everything else we need. For everything is produced from the earth.
  237. That’s the way to study history-by noting evolutionary processes.
  238. The ability to know how to get the information is more important than using the mind as a garage of facts.
  239. The basically simple things are best, whether it’s automobiles or diets or philosophy.
  240. The basis of peace should be a world federation.
  241. The best way is always the simplest. The attics of the world are cluttered up with complicated failures.
  242. The best way to make money in business is not to think too much about making it.
  243. 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.
  244. 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.
  245. The depression was just a state of mind. It is over for everyone who has changed his state of mind.
  246. The difference between a good govt. system and its poor administration is easily explained; the chief administrators are not Bosses in the best sense.
  247. The difficulty is not in finding men to advance but men willing to be advanced.
  248. The end of money is not ease but the opportunity to perform more service.
  249. The fact that a piece of work is now being done by nine men which used to be done by ten men does not mean that the tenth man is unemployed. He is merely not employed on that work, and the public is not carrying the burden of his support by paying more than it ought on that work—for after all, it is the public that pays!”
  250. The farther you look back, the farther you can look ahead.
  251. The gifted man bears his gifts into the world, not for his own benefit, but for the people among whom he is placed; for the gifts are not his, he himself is a gift to the community.
  252. 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.
  253. The greatest day of my life was the day I married Mrs. Ford.
  254. The healthy business, the business that is always making more and more opportunities for men to earn an honourable and ample living, is the business in which every man does a day’s work of which he is proud. And the country that stands most securely is the country in which men work honestly and do not play tricks with the means of production. We cannot play fast and loose with economic laws, because if we do they handle us in very hard ways.
  255. The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do more for the betterment of life.
  256. The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do more service for the betterment of life.
  257. The idea of gas engines was by no means new, but this was the first time that a really serious effort had been made to put them on the market. They were received with interest rather than enthusiasm and I do not recall any one who thought that the internal combustion engine could ever have more than a limited use. All the wise people demonstrated conclusively that the engine could not compete with steam. They never thought that it might carve out a career for itself. That is the way with wise people–they are so wise and practical that they always know to a dot just why something cannot be done; they always know the limitations. That is why I never employ an expert in full bloom. If ever I wanted to kill opposition by unfair means I would endow the opposition with experts. They would have so much good advice that I could be sure they would do little work.
  258. The industrial value of leisure as a promoter of the consumption of goods,& thus as a stimulant to business have been proved.
  259. 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.
  260. The most closely organized groups and movements in the world are those which have been the least friendly to the people’s progress and liberty.
  261. 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.
  262. The natural thing to do is to work—to recognize that prosperity and happiness can be obtained only through honest effort.
  263. The one aim of these financiers is world control by the creation of inextinguishable debt.
  264. The only prosperity the people can afford to be satisfied with is the kind that lasts.
  265. The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability.
  266. The only thing you can give a man without hurting him is an opportunity.
  267. The only true test of values, either of men or of things, is that of their ability to make the world a better place in which to live.
  268. The partnership of mind and matter is one which has existed since the beginning of time and cannot be dissolved.
  269. The present method of producing milk is too laborious. I believe that we can make milk by scientific process, eliminating the cow.
  270. The present order often clumsy often stupid has this advantage over any other. It works. Doubtless it will merge by degrees into another order and it will also work. But not so much as to what it is, but as into what men will bring into it.
  271. The problem with wise people. They always know what is wrong. So I never employ an expert in full bloom.
  272. The putting of service before profit. Without a profit, business cannot extend. There is nothing inherently wrong about making a profit. Well-conducted business enterprise cannot fail to return a profit, but profit must and inevitably will come as a reward for good service. It cannot be the basis—it must be the result of service.
  273. The remains of the old must be decently laid away; the path of the new prepared. That is the difference between Revolution and Progress.
  274. The satisfaction that arises from honest accomplishment is of far more value in the promotion of human happiness than the thrill that comes with the realization of materialistic aspirations.
  275. The sense of injustice, more than the unjust condition itself, is what wears on men’s minds.
  276. The short successes that can be gained in a brief time and without difficulty, are not worth much.
  277. The South has a future which it can shape for itself, and avoid the mistakes which the more populous parts of the country have made.
  278. The time for a business man to borrow money, if ever, is when he does not need it.
  279. The time is coming when man will be able to determine the length of his lifespan by controlling his diet.
  280. The unhappiest man on earth is the one who has nothing to do.
  281. The way out of the depression is to start spending and doing things.
  282. 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.
  283. The world is held together by the mass of honest folk who do their daily tasks, tend their own spot in the world, and have faith that at last the Right will come fully into its own. “
  284. The young people got me interested in aviation. It is part of the motor age. Development is dependent on power.
  285. There are no big problems, there are just a lot of little problems.
  286. There are three things that grow more precious with age; old wood to burn, old books to read, and old friends to enjoy.
  287. There are two kinds of people: Those who think they can, and those who think they can’t, and they’re both right.
  288. There can be no bosses in our country except the people. The job of the government is to serve, not to dominate.
  289. There can be no lasting peace where hatred exists. Hatreds will continue to arise as long as the causes of war are not rooted out and exposed.
  290. There had been observed in this country certain streams of influence which were causing a marked deterioration in our literature, amusements, and social conduct; business was departing from its old-time substantial soundness; a general letting down of standards was felt everywhere.
  291. There is an immense amount to be learned simply by tinkering with things. It is not possible to learn from books how everything is made—and a real mechanic ought to know how nearly everything is made. Machines are to a mechanic what books are to a writer. He gets ideas from them, and if he has any brains he will apply those ideas.
  292. There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.
  293. There is no disgrace in honest failure; there is disgrace in fearing to fail”
  294. There is no failure except failure to serve one’s purpose.
  295. There is no man living that can not do more than he thinks he can.
  296. There is no reason why a man who is willing to work should not be able to work and to receive the full value of his work. There is equally no reason why a man who can but will not work should not receive the full value of his services to the community. He should most certainly be permitted to take away from the community an equivalent of what he contributes to it. If he contributes nothing he should take away nothing. He should have the freedom of starvation. We”
  297. There is nothing ever wrong with ability, ambition, achievement; but they can easily be wronged by being used to bad ends.
  298. 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.
  299. There is safety in small beginnings and there is unlimited capital in the experience gained by growing.
  300. There should be rivalry between men and between business.
  301. Therefore in 1909 I announced one morning, without any previous warning, that in the future we were going to build only one model, that the model was going to be “Model T,” and that the chassis would be exactly the same for all cars, and I remarked: “Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black.
  302. Thinking calls for facts; facts are found by digging; but he who has gathered this wealth is well equipped for life.
  303. Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.
  304. This is the only reason Greenfield Village exists-to give us a sense of unity with our people through the generations, and to convey the inspiration of American genius to our young men. As a nation we have not depended so much on rare or occasional genius as on the general resourcefulness of our people. That is our true genius, and I am hoping that Greenfield Village will serve that.
  305. Time and money spent in helping men to do more for themselves is far better than mere giving.
  306. Time waste differs from material waste in that there can be no salvage.
  307. Titles in business have been greatly overdone and business has suffered. One of the bad features is the division of responsibility according to titles, which goes so far as to amount to a removal altogether of responsibility. Where responsibility is broken up into many small bits and divided among many departments, each department under its own titular head, who in turn is surrounded by a group bearing their nice sub-titles, it is difficult to find any one who really feels responsible. Everyone knows what “passing the buck” means. The”
  308. To do more for the world than the world does for you – that is success.
  309. To resent efficiency is a mark of inefficiency.
  310. To see a thing clearly in the mind makes it begin to take form.
  311. To teach that a comparatively few men are responsible for the greatest forward steps of mankind is the worst sort of nonsense.
  312. Trees are among the most useful things grown.
  313. Trouble with the world today is people don’t go to children enough. I don’t like old people. I stay away from them.
  314. True education is gained through the discipline of life. There”
  315. Two classes of people lose money; those who are too weak to guard what they have; those who win money by trick. They both lose in the end.
  316. War is not a matter for the professional pacifist or militarist. It is for the unprofessional people. They finance and fight it, they bear its losses. Therefore, they should have the deciding voice concerning it. To do this, they require all the information upon which decisions are made. They should know in a difference, whether it is soluble by rational intelligence, or inevitable by force. Not once in a thousand instances would our people (this may not be true of all peoples, however) approve an offensive war. Never would they be lax in defensive action. For this is their country. However, most of their enemies are within it.
  317. Wars are necessary to teach us lessons we seem unable to learn any other way.
  318. Wars do not end wars any more than an extraordinarily large conflagration does away with the fire hazard.
  319. We abolished every order blank and every form of statistics that did not directly aid in the production of a car. We had been collecting tons of statistics because they were interesting. But statistics will not construct automobiles—so out they went.
  320. We are always seeking for those things which are in the clouds, not for those that lie at our feet.
  321. We are entering an era when we shall create resources which shall be so constantly renewed that the only loss will be not to use them. There will be such a plenteous supply of heat, light and power, that it will be a sin not to use all we want. This era is coming now. And it is coming by way of Water.
  322. We are here for experience, and experience is a preparation to know the Truth when we meet it.
  323. 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.
  324. We get some of our best results by letting fools Rush in where angels dear to tread”
  325. We have enough in our country to let us deep into the springs of human life if we only cherished what we have.
  326. We have had just one main purpose during these years, and that is to give the people transportation of the most dependable quality at the lowest possible cost. Our car was called the “Universal Car” thirty years ago, because it fulfilled so many needs; it is “The Universal Car” today for the same reason.
  327. We have only started with the development of our country-we have not as yet, with all our talk of wonderful progress, done more than scratch the surface.
  328. We learn extra from our failures than from our successes.
  329. We live in an era of tremendous facts. And the facts are facts. They are also unpleasant facts, which does not decrease their factual percentage one bit. Our job is to understand them, to recognize their presence, to learn if we can what they signify and not to fall into the error of minimizing facts because they have a bitter flavor.
  330. We now know that anything which is economically right is also morally right. There can be no conflict between good economics and good morals.
  331. We ought to know more about the families who founded this nation, and how they lived. One way to do this is to reconstruct as nearly as possible the conditions under which they lived..
  332. We try to pay a man what he is worth and we are not inclined to keep a man who is not worth more than the minimum wage.
  333. We want to reproduce all those instruments which were prepared and used in America once upon a time.
  334. We wish all users of Ford cars to know what they are entitled to.
  335. Wealth, like happiness, is never attained when sought after directly. It comes as a by-product of providing a useful service.
  336. What America needs most is aviation.
  337. What I greatly hope for these children everywhere, is a new attitude toward life–free from the gullibility which thinks we can get something for nothing; free from the greed which thinks any permanent good can come of overreaching others; and, above all, expectant of change, so that when life gives them a jolt they will be fully prepared to push on eagerly along new lines.
  338. What is life but education, anyway?”
  339. What right have you, save service to the world, to think that other men’s labor should contribute to your gains?
  340. What’s right about America is that although we have a mess of problems, we have great capacity – intellect and resources – to do some thing about them.
  341. Whatever it is, people who have more spare time than people ever had before get the sense of whirlwind pressure,& repeat the common criticism that ‘we are going too fast.’ Yet the people live longer than ever before, live with less effort, live on a higher plane. Is it possible that this common saying about our rapid pace is just another thoughtless mob suggestion?”
  342. Whatever you have, you must either use or lose.
  343. Whatever your goal in life, the beginning is knowledge and experience- or, briefly work.
  344. When bankers get into business they usually destroy it.
  345. When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.
  346. When people are ‘stung’ in false investment schemes there are three causes; greed of something for nothing; sheer inability to know their mind; or infantile trustfulness.
  347. When prices go up, business goes down.
  348. When we are through, we shall have reproduced American life as lived; and that, I think is the best way of preserving at least a part of our history and tradition.
  349. When we are through, we shall have reproduced American life as lived; and that, I think, is the best way of preserving at least a part of our history and tradition.
  350. When you once get an idea in which you believe with all your heart, work it out.
  351. Whenever you get the idea that you are ‘fixed’ or that anything is ‘fixed’ for life, you’d better get ready for a sudden change.
  352. Where people work longest and with least leisure, they buy the fewest goods. No towns were so poor as those of England where the people, from children up, worked fifteen and sixteen hours a day. They were poor because these overworked people soon wore out — they became less and less valuable as workers. Therefore, they earned less and less and could buy less and less.
  353. Whereas once it was the customer who favored the merchant by dealing with him, conditions changed until it was the merchant who favored the customer by selling to him. That is bad for business. Monopoly is bad for business. Profiteering”
  354. Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.
  355. With all the wealth of the world at hand, there are human beings who hunger, whole nations who suffer cold. The judgment for this condition, for misusing Nature’s gifts, is the judgment upon man’s failure, man’s unsteadiness. Leadership is the thing.
  356. Without doubt, Thomas Edison is my greatest contemporary.
  357. Without scientific study, an employer does not know why he is paying a wage and the employee does not know why he is getting it.
  358. Work is our sanity, our self-respect, our salvation. The day’s work is the center of everything.
  359. 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.
  360. Worry is the most wasteful thing in the world.
  361. You are not “saving” when you prevent yourself from becoming more productive.
  362. You are not saving when you are taking away from yourself becoming more productive. You are really taking away from your ultimate capital.
  363. You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.
  364. You can’t learn in school what the world is going to do next year.
  365. You can’t tell me you can make any system or country work with low wages and high prices, and high wages with high prices don’t mean anything when the prices eat up the wages and don’t leave anything over.
  366. You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.
  367. You don’t have to hold a position in order to be a leader.
  368. You will find men who want to be carried on the shoulders of others, who think that the world owes them a living. They don’t seem to see that we must all lift together and pull together.
  369. You’ve got to teach youngsters the difference between right and wrong, but you shouldn’t try to poke it down their throats. Let them ask the questions and then give them the answers.
  370. Youth should not be slandered. Boy nature and girl nature are less repressed and therefore more wholesome today than before. If they at times seem unimpressed by their elders, it is probably because we make a matter of authority what should be a matter of conference. These young people are new people sent to this scene by Destiny to take our places. They come with new visions to fulfill, new powers to exploit.
Top 350+ Motivational Quotes By Henry Ford


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