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William P. Lear
(26 Jun 1902 - 14 May 1978)

American aeronautical engineer, electrical engineer and inventor who founded the Lear Jet Corporation supplying corporate jet aircraft. His many other inventions included patents for the car radio, eight-tape player and aircraft navigation equipment.


Science Quotes by William P. Lear (8 quotes)

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Always deal from strength, never from weakness.
— William P. Lear
In J.S. "Torch" Lewis, 'Lear the Legend', Aviation Week & Space Technology (2 Jul 2001 ), 155 Supplement, No 1, 116
Science quotes on:  |  Deal (188)  |  Dealing (10)  |  Never (1087)  |  Strength (126)  |  Weakness (48)

Don't take a nibble, take a big bite.
— William P. Lear
In J.S. "Torch" Lewis, 'Lear the Legend', Aviation Week & Space Technology (2 Jul 2001 ), 155 Supplement, No 1, 116
Science quotes on:  |  Big (48)  |  Bite (17)  |  Nibble (2)

Have fun: You only go through life once, but if you play it right once is enough.
— William P. Lear
In J.S. "Torch" Lewis, 'Lear the Legend', Aviation Week & Space Technology (2 Jul 2001 ), 155 Supplement, No 1, 116
Science quotes on:  |  Enough (341)  |  Fun (39)  |  Life (1799)  |  Play (111)  |  Right (452)  |  Through (849)

I remember working out a blueprint for my future when I was twelve years old I resolved first to make enough money so I'd never be stopped from finishing anything; second, that to accumulate money in a hurry—and I was in a hurry—I'd have to invent something that people wanted. And third, that if I ever was going to stand on my own feet, I'd have to leave home.
— William P. Lear
In Sidney Shalett, 'Aviation’s Stormy Genius', Saturday Evening Post (13 Oct 1956), 229, No. 15, 26 & 155
Science quotes on:  |  Accumulate (26)  |  Blueprint (7)  |  Enough (341)  |  Finish (59)  |  First (1284)  |  Future (432)  |  Home (170)  |  Hurry (15)  |  Invention (377)  |  Money (173)  |  Never (1087)  |  Old (480)  |  People (1005)  |  Remember (179)  |  Something (719)  |  Stand (274)  |  Stop (80)  |  Want (497)  |  Year (932)

Strive for design simplicity. You never have to fix anything you leave out.
— William P. Lear
In J.S. "Torch" Lewis, 'Lear the Legend', Aviation Week & Space Technology (2 Jul 2001), 155 Supplement, No 1, 116.
Science quotes on:  |  Design (196)  |  Fix (25)  |  Leave (130)  |  Never (1087)  |  Simplicity (167)  |  Striving (2)

Tape playback in automobiles is going to be the next big thing. I’m going to be in the position of a man with a boat full of life jackets following a ship he knows is going to sink. He won’t have any trouble selling them.
— William P. Lear
About making 100,000 new eight-track tape units before having any orders for them. As quoted by C.P. Gilmore, 'Hard-Nosed Gambler in the Plane Game', (1966). Collected in Max Gunther, The Very, Very Rich and How They Got That Way: The Spectacular Success (1972, 2010) 182.
Science quotes on:  |  Automobile (22)  |  Know (1519)  |  Life (1799)  |  Man (2249)  |  Next (236)  |  Sale (3)  |  Selling (6)  |  Ship (64)  |  Sink (37)  |  Sinking (6)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Trouble (107)

They said I’d never build it, that if I built it, it wouldn’t fly; that if it flew, I couldn’t sell it. Well, I did, and it did, and I could.
— William P. Lear
About critics of his Learjet airplane announced in 1963. As quoted by C.P. Gilmore, 'Hard-Nosed Gambler in the Plane Game', (1966). Collected in Max Gunther, The Very, Very Rich and How They Got That Way: The Spectacular Success (1972, 2010) 170.
Science quotes on:  |  Airplane (41)  |  Build (204)  |  Fly (146)  |  Jet (4)  |  Never (1087)  |  Sell (15)

Too soon is just right.
— William P. Lear
In J.S. "Torch" Lewis, 'Lear the Legend', Aviation Week & Space Technology (2 Jul 2001 ), 155 Supplement, No 1, 116
Science quotes on:  |  Right (452)  |  Soon (186)


See also:
  • 26 Jun - short biography, births, deaths and events on date of Lear's birth.
  • William P. Lear - biography on the founder of the Learjet company.

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