Walter Chrysler, fully Walter Percy Chrysler

Chrysler, fully Walter Percy Chrysler

American Industrialist, Founded Chrysler Corporation

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As the depression became worse, as people became more gloomy, we grew bolder in our research.

I did not simply want a car to ride in; I wanted the machine so I could learn all about it. [On the reason for buying his first car]

If we just kept on hunting out all kinds of waste?

One thousand dollars every month! My wife and I were entranced at the bare thought of getting a raise that amounted almost to as much as my best railroad salary? [On his salary being increased to $12,000/year]

There is more to industry than money and machines. There are men.

When my wife heard about it, it nearly broke up the family, for we were doing without many things in those days. But there was some urge within me which made me buy that car. When I got it home I promptly took it to pieces, and I think that in the three years it was in my possession I pulled it to pieces altogether about forty times. [On him purchasing a car for $5,000 ? using family savings of $700 and borrowing the balance of $4,300 to do so]

Bad management sometimes means a lot of things I would not wish to discuss.

I do not believe in idle machines or idle men.

If you could deliver automobiles you could sell them. [On selling cars right after World War I]

Our agents all carry less than thirty days? stock, except where shipments might be delayed in reaching them, as for example on the Pacific Coast. We do not feel that it is fair to our dealers to let them tie up their money in large stocks, but we do expect them to merchandise up to our quota standards. We look after them closely and try to help them make the quick turnover we feel to be one of the big points of our business.

There is no way for men to qualify themselves for what we do at that table except by work and learning.

When railroad engineers come to a mountain they do not always go through it; sometimes it is best to go around it.

Being a machinist, I have always wanted to know how things work.

I do not believe in idle machines or idle men. Outside of the idle investment involved, it is bad policy. If a man is working next to an idle machine it not only has a bad effect on him mentally, but he takes less care of his own machine because he thinks he has a ready substitute. I believe in keeping people out of temptation, for many of them cannot resist it.

I'll pay you $500,000 a year to stay on here as president of Buick. He just sprang it on me that way; he did not bat an eye. I couldn't think for a few seconds. [On William C Durant giving him a pay increase instead of working for himself]

Right after the war all automobile companies had experienced a boom market. Customers asked salesmen only one tough question, ?Can you make delivery??

There never were so many opportunities for young men in the history of the world.

You can bet my father's skin was tough! It had to be to withstand that kind of homemade soap, along with Kansas sun and wind and blizzards. But if his skin was like bristly leather, his heart was gentle? Always he was trying to make life better for his family.

Della, I've bought an automobile? I had spent our cash reserve and gone in hock for more money than I would make in a year. She did not scold me, but it did seem to me that when she closed the kitchen door, it made a little more noise than usual; maybe she slammed it. [On telling his wife he had purchased his first car for $5,000.00]

I don't care how raw the ability is, that can be developed through experience. But unless a man is loyal and honest, I don't want him associated with me.

I'm roaring as a stockholder, if you really want to know. Everything I have in the world is in this company. I don't want to lose it. [To William C Durant on spending $6 million on a new plant he considered not carefully enough thought out.]

Some people create their own opportunities, others go where opportunities are the greatest, others fail to recognize opportunity when they are face to face with it.

There was no plumbing in Ellis that anyone could brag about, and it was an event when my father, a progressive citizen, bought a windmill so we could have running water.

You had to be a tough kid. Out there where I grew up, if you were soft, all the other kids would beat the daylights out of you.

Every minute of my time we were figuring out further ways to adapt carriage-craft operations to automobile building. With just those changes in operation we succeeded in improving production from forty-five cars a day to seventy-five, practically in the same space and with a most impressive saving. We knew we could do better, though, if we just kept on hunting out all kinds of waste.

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American Industrialist, Founded Chrysler Corporation