07/30/1863 - 04/07/1947
Founder of the Ford Motor Company
You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.
When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off
against the wind, not with it.
It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.
Chop your own wood, and it will warm you twice.
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
Don't find fault, find a remedy.
One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do
what he was afraid he couldn't do.
Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.
It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary
system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.
Capital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime as charity is wrong as a
cure for poverty.
Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement.
Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
An idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous.
There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have
I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can't be done.
Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.
If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a
man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.
There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: Make the best quality of goods possible at
the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible.
People can have the Model T in any color--so long as it's black.
History is more or less bunk. It's tradition. We don't want tradition. We want to live in the
present and the only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history we made today.
A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.
When I can't handle events, I let them handle themselves.