Charles F. Kettering Quotes

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Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier.

open-mindedness mind

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

committees ideas

There is a great difference between knowing a thing and understanding it.
— Charles F. Kettering

knowledge understanding

The Wright brothers flew right through the smoke screen of impossibility.
— Charles F. Kettering

attitude progress

High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.
— Charles F. Kettering

expectation

An inventor is simply a fellow who doesn't take his education too seriously.
— Charles F. Kettering

invention

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

failure

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

future

Learn how to fail intelligently, for failing is one of the greatest arts in the world.

failure

I object to people running down the future. I'm going to live all the rest of my life there.
— Charles F. Kettering

future

The difference between intelligence and education is this: Intelligence will make you a good living.
— Charles F. Kettering

intelligence

We should all be concerned about the future because we will have to spend the rest of our life there.
— Charles F. Kettering
The difference between intelligence and an education is this — that intelligence will make you a good living.
— Charles F. Kettering
People think of the inventor as a screwball, but no one ever asks the inventor what he thinks of other people.
— Charles F. Kettering

opinions

Virtually nothing comes out right the first time.  Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement.

failure

There is a great difference between knowing a thing and understanding it. You can know a lot about something and not really understand it.
— Charles F. 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 F. Kettering

creativity imagination

We find that in research a certain amount of intelligent ignorance is essential to progress; for, if you know too much, you won't try the thing.

research ignorance

The opportunities of man are limited only by his imagination.  But so few have imagination that there are ten thousand fiddlers to one composer.

imagination opportunity

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

education

Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.
— Charles F. Kettering

moving forward perseverance