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Charles F. Kettering Quotes


An American inventor and social philosopher.
(1876 - 1958)

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

A problem thoroughly understood is always fairly simple. Found your opinions on facts, not prejudices. We know too many things that are not true.
 

A problem well stated is a problem half-solved.
[Problems]
 

An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he's in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots.
 

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

Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.
 

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

Fools! I will destroy you all!
 

High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.
[Achievement]
 

I object to people running down the future. I am going to live all the rest of my life there.
 

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

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

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

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

Inventing is a combination of brains and materials. The more brains you use, the less material you need.
 

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.
 

It is easy to build a philosophy. It doesn't have to run.
[Philosophy]
 

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

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

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.
[Perseverance]
 


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