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

Charles Kettering

People are very open-minded about new things – as long as they’re exactly like the old ones.

Charles Kettering

People think of the inventor as a screwball, but no one ever asks the inventor what he thinks of other people.

Charles Kettering

Problems are the price of progress. Don’t bring me anything but trouble. Good news weakens me.

Charles Kettering

The biggest job we have is to teach a newly hired employee how to fail intelligently. We have to train him to experiment over and over and to keep on trying and failing until he learns what will work.

Charles Kettering

The only difference between a problem and a solution is that people understand the solution.

Charles Kettering

The only time you mustn’t fail is the last time you try.

Charles Kettering

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

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

Charles Kettering

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

There exist limitless opportunities in every industry. Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier.

Charles Kettering

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

Charles Kettering

Thinking is one thing no one has ever been able to tax.

Charles Kettering

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

We often say that the biggest job we have is to teach a newly hired employee to fail intelligently… to experiment over and over again and to keep on trying and failing until he learns what will work.

Charles Kettering

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

Charles Kettering

You can be sincere and still be stupid.

Charles Kettering

You can’t have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time.

Charles Kettering

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

Charles Kettering

The Wright brothers flew right through the smoke screen of impossibility.

Charles Kettering

If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong.

Charles Kettering

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

Charles Kettering

A problem well stated is a problem half-solved.

Charles Kettering

An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he’s in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots.

Charles Kettering

An inventor is simply a fellow who doesn’t take his education too seriously.

Charles Kettering

Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.

Charles Kettering

Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress.

Charles Kettering

I object to people running down the future. I am going to live all the rest of my life there.

Charles Kettering

A person must have a certain amount of intelligent ignorance to get anywhere.

Charles Kettering

If you want to kill any idea in the world, get a committee working on it.

Charles Kettering

In America we can say what we think, and even if we can’t think, we can say it anyhow.

Charles Kettering

Inventing is a combination of brains and materials. The more brains you use, the less material you need.

Charles 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 Kettering

It is not a disgrace to fail. Failing is one of the greatest arts in the world.

Charles 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 Kettering

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

Charles 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 Kettering

One fails forward toward success.

Charles Kettering

No one would have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in the storm.

Charles Kettering

High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.

Charles Kettering

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