Charles F. Kettering, fully Charles Franklin Kettering

Charles F.
Kettering, fully Charles Franklin Kettering
1876
1958

American Inventor, Engineer, Businessman, holder of 186 patents, Founder of Delco, and was Head of Research at General Motors

Author Quotes

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

The Wright Brothers flew right through the smokescreen of impossibility.

Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future.

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

It is the 'follow through' that makes the great difference between ultimate success and failure, because it is so easy to stop.

A problem well stated is a problem half solved.

It's amazing what ordinary people can do if they set out without preconceived notions.

One of the things we have to be thankful for is that we don't get as much government as we pay for.

Research is an organized method of trying to find out what you are going to do after you cannot do what you are doing now.

Research... is nothing but a state of mind - a friendly, welcoming attitude toward change; going out to look for a change instead of waiting for it to come. Research, for practical men, is an effort to do things better.

The only time you don't want to fail is the last time you try.

The process of progress is trouble.

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

There will always be a frontier where there is an open mind and a willing hand.

We need to teach the highly educated person that it is not a disgrace to fail and that he must analyze every failure to find its cause. He must learn how to fail intelligently, for failing is one of the greatest arts in the world.

We should all be concerned about the future because we will have to spend the rest of our lives there.

You will never stub your toe standing still. The faster you go, the more chance there is of stubbing your toe, but the more chance you have of getting somewhere.

Author Picture
First Name
Charles F.
Last Name
Kettering, fully Charles Franklin Kettering
Birth Date
1876
Death Date
1958
Bio

American Inventor, Engineer, Businessman, holder of 186 patents, Founder of Delco, and was Head of Research at General Motors