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“It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”- Henry Ford
“If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.”- Henry Ford
“If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.”- Henry Ford
“The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do more for the betterment of life.”- Henry Ford
“Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.”- Henry Ford
“Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.”- Henry Ford
“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.” – Henry Ford
“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”- Henry Ford
“One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.”- Henry Ford
“The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time.”- Henry Ford
“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.”- Henry Ford
“Time and money spent in helping men to do more for themselves is far better than mere giving.”- Henry Ford
“What’s right about America is that although we have a mess of problems, we have great capacity – intellect and resources – to do some thing about them.”- Henry Ford
“You will find men who want to be carried on the shoulders of others, who think that the world owes them a living. They don’t seem to see that we must all lift together and pull together.”- Henry Ford
but didnt henry ford hate black people and jewish people???
its hard to look at the achievements, of people like ford, lindbergh, disney, and so on, without cringing at the fact that, in their personal lives they were horrible people.
Henry Ford? I’m gonna look into that, Alwaysright….sure hope not because I like this post.
Regardless of his personal beliefs, I think he was a genius. He created a legacy that still lives on. Ford is almost thriving while the other US auto companies have nearly gone under and accepted government handouts. I think it is due to some of the ideals imparted in the quotes that account for the success. I’m not in any way implying the Henry Ford or Ford Motor Company were/are perfect. There is something there that I admire.
I think we’d be hard pressed to find many white people who were brought up in his day and age who did not buy into the superiority of the white race. That’s why the notion still exists today. I’m not saying that it doesn’t matter, but I also don’t think we should overlook his accomplishments, his work ethic, or his generosity.
He was anti-semitic. He wrote articles which eventually became a book on the “evil” Jews. There’s a theory that he went crazy, which would explain the sudden change in attitude from philanthropic to hateful. I found this on the internet…
“I have to seriously question Henry Ford Sr.’s sanity, especially when you consider that he went from being the most enlightened and generous employer in the world to being a hateful miser in just twenty years. In the beginning, Henry Ford shocked the industrial world by doubling his workers’ wages in one day. Ford and his secretary Liebold had crunched the numbers carefully, and calculated his profits, and calculated what his profits would become, and then Ford announced that he was doubling the wages of everybody in his factories who built his cars — doubling wages that were already considered high by that day’s standards. Henry Ford did that without even a union pressuring him, or even existing, or any strike happening. Ford simply believed that such an action would make his employees very happy, loyal, and more productive. Other industrialists believed that Ford was crazy and destroying industry. But Ford was right and they were wrong — Ford’s profits increased even more, and he became even more fantastically wealthy.
But in the following twenty years, Henry Ford changed into a hateful union-buster who hired thugs and goons to beat up and shoot strikers and union organizers, and into a hateful anti-Semite who claimed that the Jews were the cause of all of his problems.
Did Henry Ford go insane? Did Henry Ford suffer a stroke? Was he absorbing toxic heavy metals in his car factories, and poisoning his brain?
Later in his life, Henry Ford Sr. was declared senile. I think that the mental deterioration may have started a lot sooner than his family realized.”
Great response, Tiff! I know I appreciate it 🙂
the problem is, most in society want to look past their evil nature, and just recognize their achievements, its things like that, that usually end up causing people to idolize to a point that the person they idolize is somehow super-human or beyond human…and when reality sets in that they have an evil and hateful nature to them, one feels disappointed.
i am trying to become a history teacher, and one of the hardest things i have found for me to do is, to try to look at these people the way white people do. i realized i cant…as a minority, i HAVE to look at them from a more realistic objective. it gets hard and emotional sometimes, especially when in class we learn about wrongs done to blacks….i like all history…and its painful liking things that were against your very existence…its really hard to look away…i have not yet found a way to deal with those feelings.
i feel, when a famous person makes their views known to the world, then we should hold them accountable, and not idolize them.
i think we should look at these guys more realistically instead of in a more “idealistic, idolizing” way.
just as important as the good they did, its also important for the world to know the bad side to them too.
i understand why you like Ford, but, to me, Ford is kind of an example that i was talking about before, when i said that its hard to like something that was against your being.
For me, the trouble comes with Disney…i like Disney, but its painful to know that he was a horrible person and such a racist…
i know one could look at it from the point of view, that these were people who were the product of their time, but i feel as though that just excuses their behavior, for the sake of idolizing.
i know one should look at things more realistically…but for me its hard to get past the fact that people like disney hated people like me….how does one accept that, and still enjoy such things, without feeling like you are hurting your relatives and/or ancestors?
Henry Ford impacted the world. It is not “if” you can change anything, but “how” you will impact everything. It is up to us to learn the positives from people like Mr. Ford. The future is ours to create, and talking about Henry Ford or any other old people for being racist only empowers racism.
I really like your presentation. I believe you can’t get much further away from racism then the below quote. Learn from the positives he left.
“If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.” – Henry Ford.
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Hi there, I LOVE all your background reference material in your blogpost on Henry Ford!!! Especially his quotes!
I happen to blog about similar subjects concerning Innovation & Brand Strategy, for which quotes from well-known business leaders on branding, innovation, business – and anything in between – is a big part of it.
I’ll repost some of your Henry Ford quotes w/ your permission.
Let’s stay connected.
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Henry Ford was a Genius , but also a Racist Anti-Semite bordering on fanaticism. To his credit he was 1 of the first industrialists to put Black Foreman over Whites and pay Black Factory workers equal pay with whites. Walt Disney was also a flaming Racist.
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