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Henry Ford
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Henry Ford
  • Born: 30th July 1863, Greenfield Township, Michigan, U.S.
  • Died: 7th April 1947, Fair Lane, Dearborn, Michigan, U.S.
  • Resting place: Ford Cemetery in Detroit
  • Alma mater: Goldsmith, Bryant & Stratton Business College in Detroit
  • Occupation: Industrialist and car manufacturer
  • Business firsts: He was the founder of the Ford Motor Company
  • Nickname: The People's Tycoon

"The secret of success is to understand the viewpoint of others"

Henry Ford

"Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it"

Henry Ford

"Impossible means that you haven't found a solution yet"

Henry Ford

"Quality means doing it right when no one is looking"

Henry Ford

"Whether you believe you can or not, you're right"

Henry Ford

"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success"

Henry Ford

"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it"

Henry Ford

"Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently"

Henry Ford

"The two most important things in any company do not appear in its balance sheet: its reputation and its people"

Henry Ford

"If you don't think of the future, you won't have one"

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"If two people agree, one of them is unnecessary"

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"Enthusiasm is at the bottom of all progress. With it there is accomplishment. Without it there are only alibis"

Henry Ford

"Luck and destiny are the excuses of the world's failures"

Henry Ford

"Two percent of the people think; three percent think they think, and 95 percent would rather die than think"

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"The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing"

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Henry Ford Biography

Henry Ford was the industrialist whose mass production techniques lowered the cost of cars into a price bracket where Americans could afford to buy and thus he popularised the motor vehicle. He was the inventor of the Ford Model T car in 1908, the model T went on to sell a then record breaking 15,007,034 cars.

He promoted consumerism and succeeded in lowering costs while maintaining a good wage for his workers so they could feed into the economy and help it to grow.

His influence stretched further than he could have ever imagined as in an unlikely turn of events Ford's book "The International Jew" inspired The Fuhrer Adolf Hitler who stated the Volkswagon would be based on the Model T and kept a portrait of the American car maker in his office.

In 1918 President Woodrow Wilson asked him to try his hand at politics resulting in him running for office in Michigan under the Democratic banner but narrowly losing out to Republican candidate Truman Newberry.

His influence reached the author Upton Sinclair who put to print a 1937 novel called The Flivver King that featured a loosely based description of Ford and his dreams of manufacturing the motorised vehicle.

His developments in the manufacturing process through to the sales innovations of a franchise system that got the product from the factory floor to the shop front at affordable prices whilst maintaining a good wage for the workers was revolutionary, it made him a vast fortune and it was a boon to the economy. Imaginative innovators also make for uttering great one liners, so this is my compilation of 15 of the best Henry Ford quotes

Quotes About Henry Ford

The German leader Adolf Hitler was impressed to say: "I regard Ford as my inspiration"

The inventor Thomas Edison understood his thought process: "He draws upon his subconscious mind"

President Woodrow Wilson saw political mileage in him running for office: "You are the only man in Michigan who can be elected and help bring about the peace you so desire"

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