Henry Ford

United States
30 Jul 1863 // 7 Apr 1947


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The man who has the largest capacity for work and thought is the man who is bound to succeed.

My Life and Work (cowritten with Samuel Crowther; 1922)
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.
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.
A manufacturer is not through with his customer when a sale is completed. He has then only started with his customer.

My Life and Work (rewritten with Samuel Crowther; 1922)
I found that competition was supposed to be a menace and that a good manager circumvented his competitors by getting a monopoly by artificial means.

My Life and Work (rewritten with Samuel Crowther; 1922)
Competition is the keen cutting edge of business, always shaving away at costs.
A handful of men have become very rich by paying attention to details that most others ignored.
If money is your hope for independence, you will never have it.

My Life and Work (rewritten with Samuel Crowther; 1922)
Money is like an arm or a leg, use it or lose it.

Interview (November 1931)
How come when I want a pair of hands I get a human being as well?

My Life and Work (rewritten with Samuel Crowther; 1922)
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."