Charles Kettering

The biggest job we have is to teach a newly hired employee how to fail intelligently. We have to train him to experiment over and over and to keep on trying and failing until he learns what will work.

Charles Kettering

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

Charles Kettering

People are very open-minded about new things – as long as they’re exactly like the old ones.

Charles Kettering

A problem well stated is a problem half solved.

Charles Kettering

The research state of mind can apply to anything; personal affairs or any kind of business, big or little. It is the problem solving mind as contrasted with the let-well-enough-alone mind. It is the composer mind instead of the fiddler mind. It is the ‘tomorrow’ mind instead of the ‘yesterday’ mind.

Charles Kettering

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

Charles Kettering

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

Charles Kettering

Obsolescence is a factor which says that the new thing I bring you is worth more than the unused value of the old thing.

Charles Kettering

The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress. A research problem is not solved by apparatus; it is solved in a man’s head. It is not what we know that is important, it is what we do not know.

Malcolm Forbes

The dumbest people I know are those who know it all.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.”

Vince Lombardi

Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal.

Peter Drucker

Management by objectives works if you first think through your objectives. Ninety percent of the time you haven’t.

John Dewey

Imagination is a vantage point of the future from which we can consider that which is lacking in the present.

Charles Kettering

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

John Wooden

All progress requires change. But not all change is progress.


Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by the age of 18.

Mohandas Gandhi

A ‘No’ uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least.

Bill Cosby

I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.