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."
Charles Kettering
Inspirational Quotes  |


"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 human progress.
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 future. Charles Kettering
"Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future."
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   |  


If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong. Charles Kettering
"If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong."
Charles Kettering
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."
Charles Kettering
Imagination  |  


"An inventor is simply a fellow who doesn't take his education too seriously."
Charles Kettering
Funny  |  


"People are very open-minded about new things - as long as they're exactly like the old ones."
Charles Kettering
Attitude  |  


"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."
Charles Kettering
Choices  |  


"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."
Charles Kettering
Fear  |  


You can't have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time.
"You can't have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time."
Charles Kettering
Time  |  


"Problems are the price of progress. Don't bring me anything but trouble. Good news weakens me."
Charles Kettering
Trouble   |  

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