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.
"The Wright brothers flew right through the smoke screen of impossibility."
Charles Kettering Optimistic |
"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
Charles Kettering Greatness |
"Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his
example rather than his advise."
Charles F. Kettering Father |
"Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the
Charles Kettering Future |
"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."
Charles Kettering Determination |
"The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress."
Charles Kettering Change |
"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."
Charles Kettering Honesty |
"No one would have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the
ship in the storm."
Charles Kettering Challenge |
"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 Kettering Destiny |
"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."
Charles Kettering Teacher |