Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.

— Charles Franklin Kettering

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It's amazing what ordinary people can do if they set out without preconceived notions.


An inventor is simply a fellow who doesn't take his education too seriously.


You will never stub your toe standing still.

The faster you go, the more chance there is of stubbing your toe, but the more chance you have of getting somewhere.

Charles Franklin Kettering quote Believe and act as if it were impossible

Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail


Problems are the price of progress. Don't bring me anything but trouble. Good news weakens me.


The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.


If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong.


Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future.


You can't have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time.


People are very open-minded about new things. As long as they are exactly like the old ones.


Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.


We need to teach the highly educated man that it is not a disgrace to fail and that he must analyze every failure to find its cause. He must learn how to fail intelligently, for failing is one of the greatest arts in the world.


We should all be concerned about the future because we will have to spend the rest of our lives there.


About Charles Franklin Kettering

Quotes 26 sayings
Birthday October 16

In America we can say what we think, and even if we can't think, we can say it anyhow.


Thinking is one thing no one has ever been able to tax.


The opportunities of man are limited only by his imagination.

But so few have imagination that there are ten thousand fiddlers to one composer.


The future can be anything we want it to be, providing we have the faith and that we realize that peace, no less than war, required blood and sweat and tears.


My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.


If you want to kill any idea in the world today, get a committee working on it.


A person must have a certain amount of intelligent ignorance to get anywhere.


There will always be a frontier where there is an open mind and a willing hand.


If a fellow wants to be a nobody in the business world, let him neglect sending the mail man to somebody on his behalf.


Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.


When I was research head of General Motors and wanted a problem solved, I'd place a table outside the meeting room with a sign: LEAVE SLIDE RULES HERE! If I didn't do that, I'd find some engineer reaching for his slide rule. Then he'd be on his feet saying, Boss you can't do that.


We often say that the biggest job we have is to teach a newly hired employee to fail intelligently... to experiment over and over again and to keep on trying and failing until he learns what will work.


There is a great difference between knowing and understanding: you can know a lot about something and not really understand it.


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