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Quotations by author » Charles F. Kettering
American engineer, inventor of the electric starter, 1876-1958
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A man must have a certain amount of intelligent ignorance to get anywhere
Men
A problem well stated is a problem half solved
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An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he's in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots.
FailureMotivation
An inventor is simply a person who doesn't take his education too seriously. You see, from the time a person is six years old until he graduates form college he has to take three or four examinations a year. If he flunks once, he is out. But an inventor is almost always failing. He tries and fails maybe a thousand times. It he succeeds once then he's in. These two things are diametrically opposite. We often say that the biggest job we have is to teach a newly hired employee how to fail intelligently. We have to train him to experiment over and over and to keep on trying and failing until he learns what will work.
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Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.
ActionBelief
High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.
Expectation
I bought him an attractive bird cage made in Switzerland,
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I object to people running down the future. I am going to live all the rest of my life there.
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I think that the greatest education in the world is the education which helps one to be able to do the right things at the time it has to be done.
EducationTolerance
If a fellow wants to be a nobody in the business world, let him neglect sending the mail man to somebody on his behalf.
BusinessWorld
If we taught music the way we try to teach engineering, in an unbroken four year course, we could end up with all theory and no music. When we study music, we start to practice from the beginning, and we practice for the entire time, because there is
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If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong
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If you want to kill any idea in the world, get a committee working on it.
IdeasPoliticsWork
In America we can say what we think, and even if we can't think, we can say it anyhow.
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Inventing is a combination of brains and materials. The more brains you use, the less material you need.
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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.
ArtFailure
It's amazing what ordinary people can do if they set out without preconceived notions.
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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.
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My definition of an educated man is the fellow who knows the right thing to do at the time it has to be done. You can be sincere and still be stupid.
Education
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