Most Quoted Industrialist: Henry Ford

Henry Ford: setting new industrial standards

Henry Ford, born July 30, 1863, was the first of William and Mary Ford’s six children. He grew up on a prosperous family farm in what is today Dearborn, Michigan. Henry enjoyed a childhood typical of the rural nineteenth century, spending days in a one-room school and doing farm chores. At an early age, he showed an interest in mechanical things and a dislike for farm work.

In 1891, Ford became an engineer with the Edison Illuminating Company in Detroit. This event signified a conscious decision on Ford’s part to dedicate his life to industrial pursuits. His promotion to Chief Engineer in 1893 gave him enough time and money to devote attention to his personal experiments on internal combustion engines.

These experiments culminated in 1896 with the completion of his own self-propelled vehicle-the Quadricycle. The Quadricycle had four wire wheels that looked like heavy bicycle wheels, was steered with a tiller like a boat, and had only two forward speeds with no reverse.
Although Ford was not the first to build a self-propelled vehicle with a gasoline engine, he was, however, one of several automotive pioneers who helped this country become a nation of motorists.

After two unsuccessful attempts to establish a company to manufacture automobiles, the Ford Motor Company was incorporated in 1903 with Henry Ford as vice-president and chief engineer. The infant company produced only a few cars a day at the Ford factory on Mack Avenue in Detroit. Groups of two or three men worked on each car from components made to order by other companies. Henry Ford realized his dream of producing an automobile that was reasonably priced, reliable, and efficient with the introduction of the Model T in 1908. This vehicle initiated a new era in personal transportation. It was easy to operate, maintain, and handle on rough roads, immediately becoming a huge success.

By 1918, half of all cars in America were Model Ts. To meet the growing demand for the Model T, the company opened a large factory at Highland Park, Michigan, in 1910. Here, Henry Ford combined precision manufacturing, standardized and interchangeable parts, a division of labor, and, in 1913, a continuous moving assembly line. Workers remained in place, adding one component to each automobile as it moved past them on the line.

Delivery of parts by conveyor belt to the workers was carefully timed to keep the assembly line moving smoothly and efficiently. The introduction of the moving assembly line revolutionized automobile production by significantly reducing assembly time per vehicle, thus lowering costs. Ford’s production of Model Ts made his company the largest automobile manufacturer in the world.

HENRY FORD QUOTES

"Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs."

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"There are two fools in this world. One is the millionaire who thinks that by hoarding money he can somehow accumulate real power, and the other is the penniless reformer who thinks that if only he can take the money from one class and give it to another, all the world’s ills will be cured. "

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"I cannot discover that anyone knows enough to say definitely
what is and what is not possible. "

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"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success."

Henry Ford


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

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

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"It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages."

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"Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right."

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"Life is a series of experiences, each of which makes us bigger, even though it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward."

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"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."

Henry Ford


"I cannot discover that anyone knows enough to say definitely what is and what is not possible."

Henry Ford


"Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them."

Henry Ford


"Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this."

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"If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability."

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"It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste time."

Henry Ford


"A market is never saturated with a good product, but it is very quickly saturated with a bad one."

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"Failure is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently."

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"A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large."

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"You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do."

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"One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his greatest surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t."

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

Henry Ford


"If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability."

Henry Ford


"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."

Henry Ford


"There are no big problems, there are just a lot of little problems."

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"Money is like an arm or a leg – use it or lose it."

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"Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement."

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"Don’t find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain."

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"I do not believe a man can ever leave his business. He ought to think of it by day and dream of it by night."

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"You can’t learn in school what the world is going to do next year."

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"It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste."

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"If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself."

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"The best we can do is size up the chances, calculate the risks involved, estimate our ability to deal with them, and then make our plans with confidence."

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"I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done."

Henry Ford


"There is one rule for industrialists and that is: Make the best
quality of goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible."

Henry Ford


"Wealth, like happiness, is never attained when sought after directly. It comes as a by-product of providing a useful service."

Henry Ford


"There is no man living that can not do more than he thinks he can."

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"The air is full of ideas. They are knocking you in the head all the time. You only have to know what you want, then forget it, and go about your business. Suddenly, the idea will come through. It was there all the time."

Henry Ford


"It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning."

Henry Ford


"It is all one to me if a man comes from Sing Sing or Harvard. We hire a man, not his history."

Henry Ford


"The question ‘Who ought to be boss?’ is like as ‘Who ought to be the tenor in the quartet?’ Obviously, the man who can sing tenor."

Henry Ford


"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal."

Henry Ford


"Business is never so healthy as when, like a chicken, it must do a certain amount of scratching for what it gets."

Henry Ford


"A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business."

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"The high wage begins down in the shop. If it is not createdthere it cannot get into pay envelopes. There will never be a system invented which will do away with the necessity for work."

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