45 Inspirational Charles Kettering Quotes For Success In Life

Charles Franklin Kettering sometimes known as Charles “Boss” Kettering was an American inventor, engineer, businessman, and holder of 186 patents. He was a founder of Delco and was head of research at General Motors from 1920 to 1947. These Charles Kettering Quotes will motivate you.

Best Charles Kettering Quotes

  1. “Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” ~ Charles Kettering
  2. “I am not interested in the past. I am interested in the future, for that is where I expect to spend the rest of my life.” ~ Charles Kettering
  3. “A problem well stated is a problem half-solved.” ~ Charles Kettering
  4. “High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.” ~ Charles Kettering
  5. “If you’re doing something the same way you have been doing it for ten years, the chances are you are doing it wrong.” ~ Charles Kettering
  6. “Every father should remember one day his son will follow his example, not his advice.” ~ Charles Kettering

  7. “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 Kettering
  8. “It is the ‘follow-through’ that makes the great difference between ultimate success and failure because it is so easy to stop.” ~ Charles Kettering
  9. “You can’t have a better tomorrow if
    you are thinking about yesterday all the time.” ~ Charles Kettering
  10. “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 Kettering
  11. “Research means that you don’t know, but are willing to find out.” ~ Charles Kettering
  12. “All human development, no matter what form it takes, must be outside the rules; otherwise we would never have anything new.” ~ Charles Kettering
  13. “Logic is a system whereby one may go wrong with confidence.” ~ Charles Kettering
  14. “99 percent of success is built on failure.” ~ Charles Kettering

  15. “here is a great difference between knowing a thing and understanding it. You can know a lot and not really understand anything.” ~ Charles Kettering
  16. “Learn how to fail intelligently.” ~ Charles Kettering
  17. “This problem, too, will look simple after it is solved.” ~ Charles Kettering
  18. “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 Kettering
  19. “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.” ~ Charles Kettering
  20. “Every great improvement has come after repeated failures. Virtually nothing comes out right the first time. Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.” ~ Charles Kettering
  21. “People are very open-minded about new things – as long as they’re exactly like the old ones.” ~ Charles Kettering
  22. “You must take the problem as it is, and let it be what it wants to be.” ~ Charles Kettering

  23. “The only time you mustn’t fail is the last time you try.” ~ Charles Kettering
  24. “There exist limitless opportunities in every industry. Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier.” ~ Charles Kettering
  25. “The sure ways to create new ventures of discovery are to keep an open mind.” ~ Charles Kettering
  26. “The opportunities of man are limited only by his imagination. But so few have imagination that there are ten thousand fiddlers to one composer.” ~ Charles Kettering
  27. “It is easy to build a philosophy – it doesn’t have to run” ~ Charles Kettering
  28. “One fails forward toward success.” ~ Charles Kettering
  29. “The Wright brothers flew right through the smokescreen of impossibility.” ~ Charles Kettering
  30. “What I believe is that, by proper effort, we make the future almost anything we want to make it.” ~ Charles Kettering
  31. “We need to teach the highly educated man 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.” ~ Charles Kettering
  32. “Problems are the price of progress. Don’t bring me anything but trouble. Good news weakens me.” ~ Charles Kettering
  33. “I don’t want men of experience working for me. The experienced man is always telling me why something can’t be done. The fellow who has not had any experience is so dumb he doesn’t know a thing can’t be done – and he goes ahead and does it.” ~ Charles Kettering Quotes
  34. “An inventor is simply a fellow who doesn’t take his education too seriously.” ~ Charles Kettering

  35. “Why is the human skull as dense as it is? Nowadays we can send a message around the world in one-seventh of a second, but it takes years to drive an idea through a quarter-inch of human skull.” ~ Charles Kettering
  36. “If I want to stop a research program I can always do it by getting a few experts to sit in on the subject because they know right away that it was a fool thing to try in the first place.” ~ Charles Kettering
  37. “A man must have a certain amount of intelligent ignorance to get anywhere.” ~ Charles Kettering
  38. “Nothing ever built arose to touch the skies unless some man dreamed that it should, some man believed that it could, and some man willed that it must.” ~ Charles Kettering
  39. “The whole fun of living is trying to make something better.” ~ Charles Kettering
  40. “And there is the point exactly, we are all the time blaming difficulties on to something else. Our real trouble is that we are too soft to solve the problem.” ~ Charles Kettering
  41. “Research is industrial prospecting. The oil prospectors use every scientific means to find new paying wells. Oil is found by each one of a number of methods. My own group of men are prospecting in a different field, using every possible scientific means. We believe there are still things left to be discovered. We have only stumbled upon a few barrels of physical laws from the great pool of knowledge. Some day we are going to hit a gusher.” ~ Charles Kettering
  42. “Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress.” ~ Charles Kettering

  43. “Modern psychology teaches that experience is not merely the best teacher, but the only possible teacher.. There is no war between theory and practice. The most valuable experience demands both, and the theory should supplement the practice and not precede it.” ~ Charles Kettering
  44. “Inventing is a combination of brains and materials. The more brains you use, the less material you need.” ~ Charles Kettering
  45. “No one would have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in the storm.” ~ Charles Kettering

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One thought on “45 Inspirational Charles Kettering Quotes For Success In Life

  • November 14, 2022 at 10:22 am

    I learned very early in my working life that “Nothing is impossible”. Just a simple statement in the context of the ad agency industry. Has worked exceptionally well throughout my life.


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