Life is a series of experiences, each one 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.
I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can't be done.
It is all one to me if a man comes from Sing Sing or Harvard. We hire a man, not his history.
Whether you think you can or think you can't – you are right.
When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.
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 damn is the history we made today.
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.
The best we can do is size up the chances, calculate the risks involved, estimate our ability to deal with them, and then make our plans with confidence.
A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.
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.
Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.
Don't find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain.
Money is like an arm or leg – use it or lose it.
Time and money spent in helping men to do more for themselves is far better than mere giving.
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.
You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.
Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right.
Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.
You can do anything if you have enthusiasm.
Thinking is the hardest work there is. Which is the probable reason why so few engage in it.
What we call evil is simply ignorance bumping its head in the dark.
When I can't handle events, I let them handle themselves.
There are two fools in this world. One is the millionaire who thinks that by hoarding money he can somehow accumulate real power, and the other is the penniless reformer who thinks that if only he can take the money from one class and give it to another, all the world's ills will be cured.
My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.
History is more or less bunk.
The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
I cannot discover that anyone knows enough to say definitely what is and what is not possible.
If money is your hope for independence you will never have it.
The question "Who ought to be boss?" is like as "Who ought to be the tenor in the quartet?" Obviously, the man who can sing tenor.
The high wage begins down in the shop. If it is not created there it cannot get into pay envelopes. There will never be a system invented which will do away with the necessity for work.
Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.
Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
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.
It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.
It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages.
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.
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.
Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.
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.
The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.
Wealth, like happiness, is never attained when sought after directly. It comes as a by-product of providing a useful service.
Quotes by Henry Ford (1863-1947)