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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.


Charles F. Kettering Quotes on Progress (7 quotes)

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Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress.
— Charles F. Kettering
Science quotes on:  |  Progress (317)

Great steps in human progress are made by things that don't work the way philosophy thought they should. If things always worked the way they should, you could write the history of the world from now on. But they don't, and it is those deviations from the normal that make human progress.
— 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 price of progress is trouble, and I don’t think the price is too high.
— Charles F. Kettering
As quoted in book review, T.A. Boyd, 'Charles F. Kettering: Prophet of Progress', Science (30 Jan 1959), 256.
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The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.
— Charles F. Kettering
Science quotes on:  |  Change (291)  |  Progress (317)

We are not at the end of our progress but at the beginning. We have but reached the shores of a great unexplored continent. We cannot turn back. … It is man’s destiny to ponder on the riddle of existence and, as a by-product of his wonderment, to create a new life on this earth.
— Charles F. Kettering
As quoted in book review, T.A. Boyd, 'Charles F. Kettering: Prophet of Progress', Science (30 Jan 1959), 255.
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You will never stub your toe standing still. The faster you go, the more chance there is of stubbing your toe, but the more chance you have of getting somewhere.
— Charles F. Kettering
Science quotes on:  |  Progress (317)


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  • 29 Aug - short biography, births, deaths and events on date of Kettering's birth.
  • More for Charles F. Kettering on Today in Science History page.
  • Charles Franklin Kettering: A Biography, by T. A. Boyd. - book suggestion.

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