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My Life And Work (The Autobiography Of Henry Ford) My Life And Work by Henry Ford
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“There is no disgrace in honest failure; there is disgrace in fearing to fail”
Henry Ford, My Life And Work
“I will build a car for the great multitude. It will be large enough for the family, but small enough for the individual to run and care for. It will be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise. But it will be so low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one...”
Henry Ford, My Life And Work
“As long as we look to legislation to cure poverty or to abolish special privilege we are going to see poverty and special privilege grow.”
Henry Ford, My Life And Work
“Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.”
Henry Ford, My Life And Work
“It is not usual to speak of an employee as a partner, and yet what else is he?”
Henry Ford, My Life And Work
“Being greedy for money is the surest way not to get it, but when one serves for the sake of service—for the satisfaction of doing that which one believes to be right—then money abundantly takes care of itself.”
Henry Ford, My Life and Work
“The idea of gas engines was by no means new, but this was the first time that a really serious effort had been made to put them on the market. They were received with interest rather than enthusiasm and I do not recall any one who thought that the internal combustion engine could ever have more than a limited use. All the wise people demonstrated conclusively that the engine could not compete with steam. They never thought that it might carve out a career for itself. That is the way with wise people--they are so wise and practical that they always know to a dot just why something cannot be done; they always know the limitations. That is why I never employ an expert in full bloom. If ever I wanted to kill opposition by unfair means I would endow the opposition with experts. They would have so much good advice that I could be sure they would do little work.”
Henry Ford, My Life And Work
“Speculation into thing already produced that is not business”
Henry Ford, My Life And Work
“It ought to be the employer’s ambition as leader to pay than any similar line of business, and it ought to be the workman’s ambition to make it possible”
Henry Ford, My Life And Work
“The natural thing to do is to work—to recognize that prosperity and happiness can be obtained only through honest effort.”
Henry Ford, My Life and Work
“That is the way with wise people—they are so wise and practical that they always know to a dot just why something cannot be done; they always know the limitations. That is why I never employ an expert in full bloom. If ever I wanted to kill opposition by unfair means I would endow the opposition with experts. They would have so much good advice that I could be sure they would do little work.”
Henry Ford, My Life and Work
“Life, as I see it, is not a location, but a journey. Even the man who most feels himself "settled" is not settled—he is probably sagging back. Everything is in flux, and was meant to be. Life flows. We may live at the same number of the street, but it is never the same man who lives there.”
Henry Ford, My Life and Work
“An idea is not necessarily good because it is old, or necessarily bad because it is new, but if an old idea works, then the weight of the evidence is all in its favor. Ideas are of themselves extraordinarily valuable, but an idea is just an idea. Almost any one can think up an idea. The thing that counts is developing it into a practical product.”
Henry Ford, My Life and Work
“Power and machinery, money and goods, are useful only as they set us free to live.”
Henry Ford, My Life and Work
“How soon will Ford blow up?" Nobody knows how many thousand times it has been asked since. It is asked only because of the failure to grasp that a principle rather than an individual is at work, and the principle is so simple that it seems mysterious.”
Henry Ford, My Life and Work
“That the earth produces, or is capable of producing, enough to give decent sustenance to everyone—not of food alone, but of everything else we need. For everything is produced from the earth.”
Henry Ford, My Life and Work
“It is easier to make money from money than it is to make money from business. Don't take the acumen of bankers as any guide for business, all they know is money.”
Henry Ford, My Life And Work
“Не може бути більшого абсурду та гіршої послуги людству, ніж заявити, що всі люди рівні. Адже очевидно, що люди не рівні, і будь-яка демократична концепція, яка прагне зробити людей рівними, є лише зусиллям спинити прогрес. Люди не можуть бути однаково здібними. Талановитих людей менше, ніж звичайних. Існує ймовірність, що людська маса зіштовхне здібніших від себе, але при цьому вона теж полетить униз.”
Генрі Форд, My Life And Work
“Мені шкода бідолах, які настільки м'які і кволі, що завжди вимагають "атмосфери доброзичливості" навколо себе. Інакше, вони не можуть виконувати свою роботу. Є такі люди. І врешті-решт, якщо вони достатньо не загартуються психічно й морально і не позбудуться свого м'якого опертя на "самопочуття", вони стануть невдахами. І це трапиться не тільки з їхніми справами, але і з їхніми характерами. Це так ніби їхні кістки достатньо не затверділи, і вони ніколи не могли стояти на власних ногах. Загалом у наших бізнес-організаціях прийнято занадто перейматися атмосферою доброзичливості. Люди звикли працювати з людьми, яких вони люблять. Зрештою, це відсуває на задній план чимало інших цінних якостей.
Не зрозумійте мене неправильно. Коли я використовую термін "атмосфера доброзичливості", я маю на увазі звичку робити свої особисті симпатії і антипатії єдиним стандартом для висновків. Припустімо, ви не любите людину. Це все, що є проти неї? Але це може говорити щось проти вас. Який стосунок мають ваші уподобання чи антипатії до фактів? Кожна людина здорового глузду знає, що є люди, яких вона не любить, і які справді здібніші, ніж вона сама.”
Генрі Форд, My Life And Work
“Don't cheapen the product; don't cheapen the wage; don't overcharge the public. Put brains into the method, and more brains, and still more brains—do things better than ever before; and by this means all parties to business are served and benefited.”
Henry Ford, My Life and Work
“I cannot say that it was hard work. No work with interest is ever hard. I always am certain of results. They always come if you work hard enough. But it was a very great thing to have my wife even more confident than I was. She has always been that way.”
Henry Ford, My Life and Work
“Advancement begins within the man himself; when he advances from half-interest to strength of purpose; when he advances from hesitancy to decisive directness; when he advances from immaturity to maturity of judgment; when he advances from apprenticeship to mastery; when he advances from a mere dilettante at labour to a worker who finds a genuine joy in work; when he advances from an eye-server to one who can be entrusted to do his work without oversight and without prodding—why, then the world advances!”
Henry Ford, My LIFE and WORK
“On May 31, 1921, the Ford Motor Company turned out Car No. 5,000,000. It is out in my museum along with the gasoline buggy that I began work on thirty years before and which first ran satisfactorily along in the spring of 1893. I was running it when the bobolinks came to Dearborn and they always come on April 2nd. There is all the difference in the world in the appearance of the two vehicles and almost as much difference in construction and materials, but in fundamentals the two are curiously alike—except that the old buggy has on it a few wrinkles that we have not yet quite adopted in our modern car. For that first car or buggy, even though it had but two cylinders, would make twenty miles an hour and run sixty miles on the three gallons of gas the little tank held and is as good to-day as the day it was built. The development in methods of manufacture and in materials has been greater than the development in basic design. The whole design has been refined; the present Ford car, which is the "Model T," has four cylinders and a self starter—it is in every way a more convenient and an easier riding car. It is simpler than the first car. But almost every point in it may be found also in the first car. The changes have been brought about through experience in the making and not through any change in the basic principle—which I take to be an important fact demonstrating that, given a good idea to start with, it is better to concentrate on perfecting it than to hunt around for a new idea.”
Henry Ford, My Life and Work
“Most surely all guys aren't same, and any democratic concept which strives to make men equal is handiest an attempt to block development”
Henry Ford, My Life and Work
“Everything is in flux, and was meant to be. Life flows. We may live at the same number of the street, but it is never the same man who lives there.”
Henry Ford, My Life and Work
“I refuse to recognize that there are impossibilities. I cannot discover that any one knows enough about anything on this earth definitely to say what is and what is not possible. The right kind of experience, the right kind of technical training, ought to enlarge the mind and reduce the number of impossibilities. It unfortunately does nothing of the kind. Most technical training and the average of that which we call experience, provide a record of previous failures and, instead of these failures being taken for what they are worth, they are taken as absolute bars to progress. If some man, calling himself an authority, says that this or that cannot be done, then a horde of unthinking followers start the chorus: "It can't be done.”
Henry Ford, My Life and Work
“And when a man is really at work, he needs no title. His work honours him.”
Henry Ford, My Life and Work
“The end of money is not ease but the opportunity to perform more service.”
Henry Ford, My Life And Work
“Strive for minimum waste, minimum profit, maximum distribution.”
Henry Ford, My Life And Work
“Progress through cautious, well founded experiments.”
Henry Ford, My Life And Work

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