Quotes by Charles F. Kettering


The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.
– Charles F. Kettering

A problem well stated is a problem half-solved.
– Charles F. Kettering
A person must have a certain amount of intelligent ignorance to get anywhere.
– Charles F. Kettering
An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he's in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots.
– 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 time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress.
– Charles F. Kettering
High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.
– Charles F. Kettering
If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong.
– Charles F. Kettering
If you want to kill any idea in the world, get a committee working on it.
– Charles F. Kettering
In America we can say what we think, and even if we can't think, we can say it anyhow.
– 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
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
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
Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future.
– Charles F. Kettering
People are very open-minded about new things - as long as they're exactly like the old ones.
– Charles F. Kettering