Charles F. Kettering Quotes

Who is Charles F. Kettering?

Charles Franklin Kettering was an American inventor and engineer best known for his work at General Motors.

Born August 29, 1876
Died November 25, 1958

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Best 22 Quotes by Charles F. Kettering

“99 percent of success is built on failure.”

Charles F. Kettering

“A problem well stated is a problem half-solved.”

Charles F. Kettering

“Action without intelligence is a form of insanity, but intelligence without action is the greatest form of stupidity in the world.”

Charles F. Kettering

“An inventor is simply a fellow who doesn't take his education too seriously.”

Charles F. Kettering

“Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.”

Charles F. Kettering

“Every father should remember one day his son will follow his example, not his advice.”

Charles F. Kettering

“High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.”

Charles F. Kettering

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“If you're doing something the same way you have been doing it for ten years, the chances are you are doing it wrong.”

Charles F. Kettering

“Inventing is a combination of brains and materials. The more brains you use, the less material you need.”

Charles F. Kettering

“It doesn't matter if you try and try and try again, and fail. It does matter if you try and fail, and fail to try again.”

Charles F. Kettering

“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 F. Kettering

“Logic is a system whereby one may go wrong with confidence.”

Charles F. Kettering

“My definition of an educated man is the fellow who knows the right thing to do at the time it has to be done. You can be sincere and still be stupid.”

Charles F. Kettering

“My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.”

Charles F. Kettering

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“Problems are the price of progress. Don't bring me anything but trouble. Good news weakens me.”

Charles F. Kettering

“The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.”

Charles F. Kettering

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“You and everyone you know are going to be dead soon. And in the short amount of time between here and there, you have a limited amount of fucks to give. Very few, in fact. And if you go around giving a fuck about everything and everyone without conscious thought or choice—well, then you’re going to get fucked.”

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“There is a great difference between knowing and understanding: you can know a lot about something and not really understand it.”

Charles F. Kettering

“This problem, too, will look simple after it is solved.”

Charles F. Kettering

“Whenever you look at a piece of work and you think the fellow was crazy, then you want to pay some attention to that. One of you is likely to be, and you had better find out which one it is. It makes an awful lot of difference.”

Charles F. Kettering

“No one would have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in the storm.”

Charles F. Kettering

“One fails forward toward success.”

Charles F. Kettering

“You can't have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time.”

Charles F. Kettering