As the pioneer of the assembly line and the grandfather of the American auto industry itself, Henry Ford was much more than just another entrepreneur.
Now, 69 years since his death, the company that bears his name has expanded from the factories of Dearborn, Michigan to the highways of East Coast, the desert of West Valley City, Utah and even the shores of six different continents. The Ford F150 stands tall as the nation’s most popular vehicle, with sales of the F150 series topping the auto sales charts everywhere from Utah to the Midwest.
In addition to being a successful businessman, Henry Ford also had a penchant for inspirational one-liners. The following is a list of some of Henry Ford’s most rousing statements.
On Human Nature:
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.”
“The only thing you can give a man without hurting him is an opportunity.”
“To be good is not enough; a man must be good for something”
“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”
“If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.”
“Paying good wages is not charity at all-it is the best kind of business.”
“Money will ruin the life of any man who treats it like anything but a tool with which to work.”
“There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: Make the best quality goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible.”
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”
“Education not just preparation for life, but part if life itself-a continuous art.”
One hundred and eight years after the first Ford Model T came off the line, the words of Henry Ford still ring true. Whether you drive a Ford F150 in Utah or a Ford Mondeo in Europe, remember the words of Henry Ford and feel inspired.