Charles Kettering Quotes
1876 - 1958
Charles Kettering was born
in Ohio, United States.
He held many different jobs, such as an inventor, engineer, and scientist. He also
was a farmer, schoolteacher, mechanic, social philosopher, and a salesman.
In the automotive industry he was a leading researcher.
When the automobile was first invented it was started by a crank, Charles Kettering
invented the battery-powered electric starter.
Mr. Kettering was an inspirational person who was a role model to many. He was a determined man with a simple philosophy on life.
"One fails forward toward success."
Inspirational Quotes |
"The Wright brothers flew right through the smoke screen of impossibility."
"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
"Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his
example rather than his advise."
Charles F. Kettering
"Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the
"Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something,
perhaps when you are least expecting it.
I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down."
"The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress."
"Every honest researcher I know admits he's just a professional amateur.
He's doing whatever he's doing for the first time.
That makes him an amateur. He has sense enough to know that he's
going to have a lot of trouble, so that makes him a professional."
"No one would have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the
ship in the storm."
"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."
"We need to teach the highly educated man that it is not a disgrace to fail
and that he must analyze every failure to find its cause.
He must learn how to fail intelligently, for failing is one of the greatest
arts in the world."
"If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong."
Funny Quotes about Life |
"The opportunities of man are limited only by his
imagination. But so few have imagination that there are ten
thousand fiddlers to one composer."
"An inventor is simply a fellow who doesn't take his education too seriously."
"People are very open-minded about new things - as long as they're
exactly like the old ones."
"If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the
thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power
to revoke at any moment."
"Don't be afraid to stumble. Any inventor will tell you that you don't follow a
plan far before you strike a snag. If, out of 100
ideas you get one that works, it's enough."
"You can't have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the
"Problems are the price of progress. Don't bring me anything but
trouble. Good news weakens me."
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