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Charles F. Kettering
(29 Aug 1876 - 25 Nov 1958)

American engineer whose 140 patents included the electric starter, car lighting and ignition systems.


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A problem well stated is a problem half-solved.
— Charles F. Kettering
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A research problem is not solved by apparatus; it is solved in a man's head.
— Charles F. Kettering
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Problems are the price of progress. Don’t bring me anything but trouble. Good news weakens me.
— Charles F. Kettering
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The only difference between a problem and a solution is that people understand the solution.
— Charles F. Kettering
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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.”
— Charles F. Kettering
In Jacob Morton Braude, Speaker's Desk Book of Quips, Quotes, & Anecdotes (1966), 323.
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