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Henry Ford
(30 Jul 1863 - 7 Apr 1947)

American inventor and automobile manufacturer.

Science Quotes by Henry Ford (11 quotes)

Any colour - so long as it’s black.
— Henry Ford
Science quotes on:  |  Black (27)  |  Color (78)  |  Long (95)

Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.
— Henry Ford
Science quotes on:  |  Everything (120)  |  Ready (16)  |  Secret (98)  |  Success (202)

History is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker’s damn is the history we make today.
— Henry Ford
From a 1916 interview with Charles Wheeler of the Chicago Tribune. Quoted in Carol Gelderman, Henry Ford: The Wayward Capitalist (1981), 177. Often misquoted as “History is bunk”.
Science quotes on:  |  History (302)

I will build a motor car for the great multitude … constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise … so low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one—and enjoy with his family the blessing of pleasure in God’s great open spaces.
— Henry Ford
(1909). In My Life and Work (1922), 73.
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Mr Edison gave America just what was needed at that moment in history. They say that when people think of me, they think of my assembly line. Mr. Edison, you built an assembly line which brought together the genius of invention, science and industry.
— Henry Ford
Henry Ford in conversation Thomas Edison and Harvey Firestone (1931), quoted as a recollection of the author, in James Newton, Uncommon Friends: Life with Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Alexis Carrel & Charles Lindbergh (1987), 31. The quote is not cited from a print source. However, in the introduction the author said he “kept a diary in which I noted times and places, key phrases, and vivid impressions.” He also “relied on publications by and about my friends, which jogged my memory.&rdquo. Webmaster has found no earlier record of this quote, and thus suggests the author may have the gist of what Ford said, but is not quoting the exact words uttered by Ford, although quote marks are used to state Ford's remark.
Science quotes on:  |  Assembly Line (3)  |  Thomas Edison (74)  |  Genius (186)  |  Industry (91)  |  Invention (283)  |  Science (1699)

Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.
— Henry Ford
Science quotes on:  |  Means (109)  |  Quality (65)  |  Right (144)

Tell Selden to take his patent and go to hell with it.
— Henry Ford
(1903). Ford fought the monopoly caused by George Baldwin Selden’s internal combustion engine patent (which was based on George Brayton’s engine). Ford won in 1911, after eight years in court. In American Science and Invention: A Pictorial History (1954), 325.
Science quotes on:  |  Invention (283)  |  Monopoly (2)  |  Patent (23)  |  Tell (67)

The land! That is where our roots are. There is the basis of our physical life. The farther we get away from the land, the greater our insecurity. From the land comes everything that supports life, everything we use for the service of physical life. The land has not collapsed or shrunk in either extent or productivity. It is there waiting to honor all the labor we are willing to invest in it, and able to tide us across any dislocation of economic conditions.
— Henry Ford
Advice during the Great Depression, placed in an advertisement, 'Henry Ford on Self-Help', Literary Digest (29 Jun 1932), 113, No. 12, 29, and various other magazines.
Science quotes on:  |  Agriculture (62)  |  Basis (60)  |  Collapse (16)  |  Depression (15)  |  Dislocation (2)  |  Distance (54)  |  Economy (46)  |  Extent (30)  |  Food Security (5)  |  Honor (21)  |  Insecurity (3)  |  Invest (9)  |  Labor (53)  |  Land (83)  |  Life (917)  |  Physical (94)  |  Productivity (13)  |  Root (48)  |  Service (54)  |  Shrink (10)  |  Support (63)

Thinking is the hardest work there is. Which is the probable reason why so few engage in it.
— Henry Ford
Science quotes on:  |  Engage (11)  |  Hard (70)  |  Probable (14)  |  Reason (330)  |  Think (205)  |  Work (457)

Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.
— Henry Ford
Science quotes on:  |  Right (144)  |  Think (205)

[Edison] definitely ended the distinction between the theoretical man of science and the practical man of science, so that today we think of scientific discoveries in connection with their possible present or future application to the needs of man. He took the old rule-of-thumb methods out of industry and substituted exact scientific knowledge, while, on the other hand, he directed scientific research into useful channels.
— Henry Ford
In My Friend Mr. Edison (1930). Quoted in Dyson Carter, If You Want to Invent (1939), 110.
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Quotes by others about Henry Ford (2)

I said that there is something every man can do, if he can only find out what that something is. Henry Ford has proved this. He has installed in his vast organization a system for taking hold of a man who fails in one department, and giving him a chance in some other department. Where necessary every effort is made to discover just what job the man is capable of filling. The result has been that very few men have had to be discharged, for it has been found that there was some kind of work each man could do at least moderately well. This wonderful system adopted by my friend Ford has helped many a man to find himself. It has put many a fellow on his feet. It has taken round pegs out of square holes and found a round hole for them. I understand that last year only 120 workers out of his force of 50,000 were discharged.
As quoted from an interview by B.C. Forbes in The American Magazine (Jan 1921), 10.
Science quotes on:  |  Capability (35)  |  Chance (122)  |  Department (33)  |  Discharge (7)  |  Failure (118)  |  Talent (49)  |  Work (457)

Thinking, after a while, becomes the most pleasurable thing in the world. Give me a satchel and a fishing rod, and I could hie myself off and keep busy at thinking forever. I don't need anybody to amuse me. It is the same way with my friends John Burroughs, the naturalist, and Henry Ford, who is a natural-born mechanic. We can derive the most satisfying kind of joy from thinking and thinking and thinking.
As quoted from an interview by B.C. Forbes in The American Magazine (Jan 1921), 86.
Science quotes on:  |  Amusement (20)  |  John Burroughs (15)  |  Fishing (12)  |  Friend (63)  |  Joy (61)  |  Mechanic (13)  |  Naturalist (49)  |  Satisfaction (48)  |  Thinking (222)

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