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

— Charles Kettering

The most colorful Charles Kettering quotes to get the best of your day

Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.

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

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Charles Kettering quote 99 percent of success is built on failur

99 percent of success is built on failure.

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

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Charles Kettering quote 99 percent of success is built on failur

99 percent of success is built on failure.

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A problem well stated is a problem half-solved.

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The only time you mustn't fail is the last time you try.

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The Wright brothers flew right through the smoke screen of impossibility.

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99 percent of success is built on failure.

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I am not interested in the past. I am interested in the future, for that is where I expect to spend the rest of my life.

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You can be sincere and still be stupid.

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Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress.

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My definition of an educated man is the fellow who knows the right thing to do at the time it has to be done. You can be sincere and still be stupid.

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

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About Charles Kettering

Quotes 95 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Inventor
Birthday August 29, 1876

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

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Every father should remember one day his son will follow his example, not his advice.

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One fails forward toward success.

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There exist limitless opportunities in every industry.

Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier.

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Inventing is a combination of brains and materials.

The more brains you use, the less material you need.

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It doesn't matter if you try and try and try again, and fail.

It does matter if you try and fail, and fail to try again.

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All human development, no matter what form it takes, must be outside the rules;

otherwise we would never have anything new.

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If we taught music the way we try to teach engineering, in an unbroken four year course, we could end up with all theory and no music. When we study music, we start to practice from the beginning, and we practice for the entire time.

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The difference between intelligence and an education is this: that intelligence will make a good living for you, but education won't do much for you at all.

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Failures, repeated failures, are sign-posts on the road to achievement.

The only time you don't want to fail is the last time you try something (and it works).

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We work day after day, not to finish things;

but to make the future better ... because we will spend the rest of our lives there.

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Research means that you don't know, but are willing to find out.

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The opportunities in this world are as great as we have the imagination to see them... but we never get that view from the bottom of the nest.

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

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Modern psychology teaches that experience is not merely the best teacher, but the only possible teacher.. There is no war between theory and practice. The most valuable experience demands both, and the theory should supplement the practice and not precede it.

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You can send a message around the world in one-fifth of a second, yet it may take years for it to get from the outside of a man's head to the inside.

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Obsolescence is a factor which says that the new thing I bring you is worth more than the unused value of the old thing.

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

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The biggest job we have is to teach a newly hired employee how to fail intelligently. We have to train him to experiment over and over and to keep on trying and failing until he learns what will work.

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Logic is a system whereby one may go wrong with confidence.

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It is not a disgrace to fail. Failing is one of the greatest arts in the world.

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Why is the human skull as dense as it is? Nowadays we can send a message around the world in one-seventh of a second, but it takes years to drive an idea through a quarter-inch of human skull.

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It is the 'follow through' that makes the great difference between ultimate success and failure, because it is so easy to stop.

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I've never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down.

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People think of the inventor as a screwball, but no one ever asks the inventor what he thinks of other people.

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

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

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Learn how to fail intelligently.

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Every great improvement has come after repeated failures.

Virtually nothing comes out right the first time. Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.

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Knowing is not understanding. 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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Every honest researcher I know admits he's just a professional amateur.

He's doing whatever he's doing for the first time. That makes him an amateur. He has sense enough to know that he's going to have a lot of trouble, so that makes him a professional.

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You are always too late with a development if you are so slow that people demand it before you yourself recognize it. The research department should have foreseen what was necessary and had it ready to a point where people never knew they wanted it until it was made available to them.

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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.

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Research is an organized method for keeping you reasonably dissatisfied with what you have.

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We have been measuring too much in terms of the dollar.

What we should do is think in terms of useful materials-things that will be of value to us in our daily life.

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If I want to stop a research program I can always do it by getting a few experts to sit in on the subject, because they know right away that it was a fool thing to try in the first place.

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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 someone reaching for his slide rule. Then he'd be on his feet saying, "Boss, you can't do it."

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