240 Henry Ford Quotes on Leadership and Teamwork

If you want to be successful, read these 240 Henry Ford quotes to see that you can do anything if you use your resources effectively.

Henry Ford was a business magnate and one of America’s most prominent industrialists. He invented the Ford Model T car and founded the Ford Motor Company.

This collection contains his inspirational and powerful words of wisdom, which we can put to use today. Take notes on your favorite lines, and have fun!

Let’s get started.

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Best Henry Ford Quotes

1. “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.”

2. “Don’t find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain.”

3. “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.”

4. “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”

5. “Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”

6. “There is no disgrace in honest failure; there is disgrace in fearing to fail.”

7. “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.”

8. “You don’t have to hold a position in order to be a leader.”

9. “Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.”

10. “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

11. “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young ”

12. “You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”

13. “Wealth, like happiness, is never attained when sought after directly. It comes as a by-product of providing a useful service.”

14. “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it.”

15. “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”

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Inspirational Henry Ford Quotes

16. “Vision without execution is just hallucination.”

17. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”

18. “An idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous.”

19. “Greatest thing we can produce is character. Everything else can be taken from us, but not our character.”

20. “Hard knocks have a place and value, but hard thinking goes farther in less time.”

21. “The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.”

22. “As we advance in life we learn the limits of our abilities.”

23. “If money is your hope for independence, you will never have it. The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.”

24. “You say I started out with practically nothing, but that isn’t correct. We all start with all there is, it’s how we use it that makes things possible.”

25. “Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement.”

26. “Experience is the thing of supreme value.”

27. “One of the greatest discoveries a person makes, one of their great surprises, is to find they can do what they were afraid they couldn’t do.”

28. “To see a thing clearly in the mind makes it begin to take form.”

29. “Genius is seldom recognized for what it is: a great capacity for hard work.”

30. “There is no man living who isn’t capable of doing more than he thinks he can do.”

Powerful Henry Ford Quotes on Success and Learning

31. “You can’t learn in school what the world is going to do next year.”

32. “Every success is the mother of countless others.”

33. “There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.”

34. “The way to learn to do things is to do things. The way to learn a trade is to work at it. Success teaches how to succeed. Begin with the determination to succeed, and the work is half done already.”

35. “To do more for the world than the world does for you—that is success.”

36. “Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.”

37. “Success is 99% failure.”

38. “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”

39. “Any man can learn anything he will, but no man can teach except to those who want to learn.”

40. “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.”

41. “An imitation may be quite successful in its own way, but imitation can never be success. Success is a first-hand creation.”

42. “It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.”

43. “We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker’s dam is the history we make today.”

44. “The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.”

45. “If the people really set their minds on anything it is impossible to prevent them from getting what they want.”

Insightful Henry Quotes on Business, Career, and Money

46. “I do not believe a man can ever leave his business. He ought to think of it by day and dream of it by night.”

47. “Two classes of people lose money; those who are too weak to guard what they have; those who win money by trick. They both lose in the end.”

48. “A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.”

49. “Profits made out of the distress of the people are always much smaller than profits made out of the most lavish service of the people at the lowest prices that competent management can make possible.”

50. “Businesses that grow by development and improvement do not die.”

51. “Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.”

52. “Getting permanent value out of a job means purpose and fitting means to ends.”

53. “Nothing can be made except by makers, nothing can be managed except by managers. Money cannot make anything and money cannot manage anything.”

54. “Work mixed with management becomes not only easier but more profitable. The time is past when anyone can boast about ‘hard work’ without having a corresponding result to show for it.”

55. “As we serve our jobs we serve the world.”

56. “The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do more for the betterment of life.”

57. “A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.”

58. “It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages.”

59. “When bankers get into business they usually destroy it.”

60. “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 Quotes to Motivate You to Work Hard

61. “You can do anything if you have enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars.”

62. “The natural thing to do is to work—to recognize that prosperity and happiness can be obtained only through honest effort.”

63. “Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice.”

64. “The ability to know how to get the information is more important than using the mind as a garage of facts.”

65. “I don’t know anybody so old he can’t do something useful. Just give them a chance and see.”

66. “Believe in the best. Have a goal for the best, never be satisfied with less than your best, try your best, and in the long run things will turn out for the best.”

67. “There are no dead ends. There is always a way out. What you learn in one failure you utilize in your next success.”

68. “Be ready to revise any system, scrap any method, abandon any theory, if the success of the job requires it.”

69. “You are the master of your fate, the captain of your soul.”

70. “Whatever your goal in life, the beginning is knowledge and experience.”

71. “Anybody can do anything that he imagines.”

72. “There is no failure except failure to serve one’s purpose.”

73. “Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.”

Henry Ford Quotes About Finances

74. “As betting at the race ring adds neither strength nor speed to the horse, so the exchange of shares in the stock market adds no capital to business, no increase in the production and no purchasing power to the market.”

75. “When people are ‘stung’ in false investment schemes there are three causes; greed of something for nothing; sheer inability to know their mind; or infantile trustfulness.”

76. “War is not a matter for the professional pacifist or militarist. It is for the unprofessional people. They finance and fight it, they bear its losses. Therefore, they should have the deciding voice concerning it.”

77. “Money doesn’t make us anyway, it just unmasks us.”

78. “The one aim of these financiers is world control by the creation of inextinguishable debt.”

79. “Money is like an arm or leg—use it or lose it.”

Henry Ford Quotes on Education and Teaching

80. “That man is best educated who knows the greatest number of things that are so, and who can do the greatest number of things to help and heal the world.”

81. “Thinking calls for facts; facts are found by digging, but he who has gathered this wealth is well equipped for life.”

82. “It broke down the barriers of distance in rural sections, brought people of these sections closer together, and placed education within the reach of everyone.”

83. “Education is preeminently a matter of quality, not amount.”

84. “An educated person, I think, is one who not only knows a lot but knows how to do a lot of things.”

85. “What is life but education, anyway?”

86. “A man’s college and university degrees mean nothing to me until I see what he is able to do with them.”

87. “Education not just preparation for life, but part of life itself—a continuous art.”

88. “No one will ever get anywhere in this world unless he becomes a teacher, one who can show others how to do things.”

Henry Ford Quotes That Are Full of Wisdom

89. “There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: make the best quality of goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible.”

90. “Givers have to set limits because takers rarely do.”

91. “That the Devil finds work for idle hands to do is probably true. But, there is a profound difference between leisure and idleness.”

92. “To teach that a comparatively few men are responsible for the greatest forward steps of mankind is the worst sort of nonsense.”

93. “Do you want to know the cause of war? It is capitalism, greed, the dirty hunger for dollars. Take away the capitalist, and you will sweep war from the earth.”

94. “As long as we look to legislation to cure poverty or to abolish special privilege we are going to see poverty and special privilege grow.”

95. “We try to pay a man what he is worth and we are not inclined to keep a man who is not worth more than the minimum wage.”

96. “There are three things that grow more precious with age; old wood to burn, old books to read, and old friends to enjoy.”

97. “Speculation into thing already produced that is not business.”

98. “Everything is in flux, and was meant to be. Life flows. We may live at the same number of the street, but it is never the same man who lives there.”

99. “Everything can always be done better than it is being done.”

100. “I believe in 100% theory and 100% practice. Theory without practical application is futile.”

101. “Teach children not to be gullible.”

102. “The gifted man bears his gifts into the world, not for his own benefit, but for the people among whom he is placed; for the gifts are not his, he himself is a gift to the community.”

103. “Our modern industrialism changed to motives of public service, will provide means to remove every injustice that gives soil for prejudice.”

Henry Ford Quotes to Broaden Your Imagination

104. “I see no advantage in these new clocks. They run no faster than the ones made 100 years ago.”

105. “We ought to know more about the families who founded this nation, and how they lived. One way to do this is to reconstruct as nearly as possible the conditions under which they lived.”

106. “I cannot discover that anyone knows enough to say definitely what is and what is not possible.”

107. “Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian.”

108. “The difficulty is not in finding men to advance but men willing to be advanced.”

109. “In teaching the children at Greenfield Village, we are trying to get back some of the solid McGuffey qualities.”

110. “Poetry without music may be beautiful, but music gives poetry wings and elevates it into song. That may be the reason for our love of song—it has wings and lifts us; with proper songs, it is a nourishing spiritual exercise.”

111. “When we are through, we shall have reproduced American life as lived; and that, I think, is the best way of preserving at least a part of our history and tradition.”

112. “It is not usual to speak of an employee as a partner, and yet what else is he?”

113. “The most closely organized groups and movements in the world are those which have been the least friendly to the people’s progress and liberty.”

114. “We are entering an era when we shall create resources which shall be so constantly renewed that the only loss will be not to use them.”

115. “What right have you, save service to the world, to think that other men’s labor should contribute to your gains?”

116. “With all the wealth of the world at hand, there are human beings who hunger, whole nations who suffer cold. The judgment for this condition, for misusing Nature’s gifts, is the judgment upon man’s failure, man’s unsteadiness. Leadership is the thing.”

117. “Competition whose motive is merely to compete, to drive some other fellow out, never carries very far.”

118. “The remains of the old must be decently laid away; the path of the new prepared. That is the difference between revolution and progress.”

Henry Ford Quotes That Talk About His Experiences

119. “Experience is the harvest of life, and every harvest is the result of a sowing. The experience which young people must crave is that of success in some service for which they are naturally fitted.”

120. “We are here for experience, and experience is a preparation to know the Truth when we meet it.”

121. “There is safety in small beginnings and there is unlimited capital in the experience gained by growing.”

Wise Henry Ford Quotes on Life

122. “What I greatly hope for these children everywhere, is a new attitude toward life—free from the gullibility which thinks we can get something for nothing; free from the greed which thinks any permanent good can come of overreaching others; and, above all, expectant of change, so that when life gives them a jolt they will be fully prepared to push on eagerly along new lines.”

123. “Music and song are, in my opinion, so fine and necessary a part of life that without them we cannot be said really to live at all.”

124. “Life is neither old or new, ancient or modern, but simply more or less vivid—any song or musical composition will live that expresses or reproduces this vividness of life.”

125. “We live in an era of tremendous facts. And the facts are facts. They are also unpleasant facts, which does not decrease their factual percentage one bit.”

126. “From this, you will see that I believe that music fills a great place. The teaching of it goes far to restore the balance and richness of life, and—I might add—the unit of life also.”

127. “The philosophy of life indicates that our principal business on this planet is the gaining of experience.”

128. “My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.”

129. “Little difficulties are made to swell until they fill our horizon while the real big blessings of life are dwindled down to nothing.”

130. “All life is experience, and one level is exchanged for another only when its lesson is learned.”

131. “Whenever you get the idea that you are ‘fixed’ or that anything is ‘fixed’ for life, you’d better get ready for a sudden change.”

132. “Greatest thing in life is experience. Even mistakes have value.”

133. “Life, as I see it, is not a location, but a journey. Life flows.”

Informative Henry Ford Quotes About Automobiles and Industrialism

134. “I will build a motor car for the great multitude—constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise.”

135. “As members of the Ford Motor organization, we are engaged in the production of an article of use for the people of all countries. Our principle is to make our work as profitable for the buyer as for the seller.”

136. “Man minus the Machine is a slave; Man plus the Machine is a freeman.”

137. “The Model T blazed the way for the motor industry and started the movement for good roads everywhere. It is still the pioneer car in many parts of the world which are just beginning to be motorized.”

138. “For a long time now, I have believed that industry and agriculture are natural partners and that they should begin to recognize and practice their partnership.”

139. “We wish all users of Ford cars to know what they are entitled to.”

140. “I foresee the time when industry shall no longer denude the forests which require generations to mature, nor use up the mines which were ages in making, but shall draw its raw material largely from the annual produce of the fields.”

141. “Fairs and public displays are the best means we have yet found of showing large numbers of people the real methods of industry.”

142. “We have had just one main purpose during these years, and that is to give the people transportation of the most dependable quality at the lowest possible cost.”

143. “The basically simple things are best, whether it’s automobiles or diets or philosophy.”

144. “Competition is the lifeblood of industry.”

145. “Edison, to a greater extent than has ever been recognized, is the father of American industrial methods.”

146. “President Hoover has done everything anyone could do to bring about improvement in business and industry. Everything President Hoover has advised or tried to put into effect has been sound.”

Henry Ford Quotes on Nationalism, Society, and the Government

147. “Nations are great as they are prosperous as they are industrious as they are just.”

148. “The sense of injustice, more than the unjust condition itself, is what wears on men’s minds.”

149. “The difference between a good government system and its poor administration is easily explained; the chief administrators are not bosses in the best sense.”

150. “If governments would only understand that if people are left alone they’ll work out their own salvation.”

151. “A happy and contented nation is an example to the whole world. Where there is contentment there must be peace.”

152. “If we had more justice there would be less need of charity.”

153. “A nation that knows how to work will never suffer.”

154. “There can be no bosses in our country except the people. The job of the government is to serve, not to dominate.”

155. “A peaceful nation is one that has the means to make war and restrains.”

156. “Politics in the true sense, have to do with the prosperity, peace, and security of the people.”

157. “Suppression of progress plays into the hands of the social enemy. Every advance in social justice establishes the nation.”

158. “If a young man wants to fit himself for the Politics of tomorrow, let him fit himself into essential industry for the purpose of learning how best to conduct it for the whole public good.”

159. “The great need of the world has always been for leaders. With more leaders, we could have more industry. More industry, more employment and comfort for all.”

160. “Public officials are all right if they stay in their proper sphere and perform their proper functions but when they get greedy for wider scope and more power and money they lose their value and become parasites.”

161. “People didn’t want war—we were forced in it—how fast we finish it depends on how free a hand our generals and admirals have. The less interference they get from the politicians the quicker they’ll end it.”

Henry Ford Quotes That Tell You About His Perceptions, Beliefs, and Philosophy

162. “Trouble with the world today is people don’t go to children enough. I don’t like old people. I stay away from them.”

163. “We do not hire a man’s history, we hire the man.”

164. “Faith is one of the most effective tools in the human equipment. I believe that faith works.”

165. “The time is coming when man will be able to determine the length of his lifespan by controlling his diet.”

166. “There should be rivalry between men and between business.”

167. “Without doubt, Thomas Edison is my greatest contemporary.”

168. “Most of the sickness in the world is caused by eating too much.”

169. “Idleness is the reason for many of our troubles.”

170. “Certain men do not need to compete. They are pioneers.”

171. “A monopoly of jobs in this country is just as bad as a monopoly of bread!”

172. “Machines were devised not to do a man out of a job, but to take the heavy labor from man’s back and place it on the broad back of the machine.”

173. “The way out of the depression is to start spending and doing things.”

174. “History doesn’t mean dates and wars and textbooks to me; it means the unconquerable pioneer spirit of man.”

175. “Everyone knows that insufficient rest and gorging are not good for anyone, either physically or mentally.”

176. “Depressions aren’t acts of God; like wars, they are the work of a small group of men who profit by them.”

Henry Ford Quotes That You Can Relate To

177. “Most people think that faith means believing something; often it means trying something, giving it a chance to prove itself.”

178. “It is regrettable that people think about our monetary system, and of our economic structure, only in times of depression.”

179. “People are never so likely to be wrong as when they are organized. And they never have so little freedom. Perhaps that is why the people at large keep their freedom. People can be manipulated only when they are organized.”

180. “Sometimes, you just don’t like somebody.”

181. “Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.”

182. “The only prosperity the people can afford to be satisfied with is the kind that lasts.”

183. “Many people are busy trying to find better ways of doing things that should not have to be done at all. There is no progress in merely finding a better way to do a useless thing.”

184. “Progress is a new season and the rule of progress is everything in its season.”

185. “One needs to be successful in the conventional way to learn just how far away from success it may be.”

186. “There is nothing ever wrong with ability, ambition, achievement; but they can easily be wronged by being used to bad ends.”

187. “The only true test of values, either of men or of things, is that of their ability to make the world a better place in which to live.”

188. “Much depends on people knowing what opportunity means; it doesn’t mean a silver platter, it oftener means a spade. Self-help means something sterner than ‘help yourself’—reach over and take it.”

189. “Individualism is what makes cooperation worth living.”

190. “History is more or less bunk.”

191. “The Bible does not need advertising by me, but I wish more people could be persuaded to read it.”

Thought-Provoking Henry Ford Quotes

192. “Of all the follies the elder generation falls victim to this is the most foolish, namely, the constant criticism of the younger element who will not be and cannot be like ourselves because we and they are different tribes produced of different elements in the great spirit of Time.”

193. “Yet if today has no meaning, the past was a Blank and the future is a Chaos.”

194. “All of us need the annealing effect of Christ’s example to relieve the hardening we get in the daily struggle for material success.”

195. “I do not believe that material accumulation is the whole of success, and on the other hand I do not believe that true success ever excludes a sufficient possession of wealth, but wealth as a means, not as an end.”

196. “Youth should not be slandered. Boy nature and girl nature are less repressed and therefore more wholesome today than before.”

197. “People who are capable of and fit for freedom liberate themselves from physical thralldom by substituting mind for muscle.”

198. “To be good is not enough; a man must be good for something.”

199. “The world is held together by the mass of honest folk who do their daily tasks, tend their own spot in the world, and have faith that at last the Right will come fully into its own.”

200. “The partnership of mind and matter is one which has existed since the beginning of time and cannot be dissolved.”

201. “The satisfaction that arises from honest accomplishment is of far more value in the promotion of human happiness than the thrill that comes with the realization of materialistic aspirations.”

202. “We are always seeking for those things which are in the clouds, not for those that lie at our feet.”

203. “To resent efficiency is a mark of inefficiency.”

204. “The young people got me interested in aviation. It is part of the motor age. Development is dependent on power.”

205. “Look beyond the individual to the cause of his misery.”

206. “You’ve got to teach youngsters the difference between right and wrong, but you shouldn’t try to poke it down their throats. Let them ask the questions and then give them the answers.”

Interesting Henry Ford Quotes

207. “The genius of the American people is Self-Reliance.”

208. “Whatever it is, people who have more spare time than people ever had before get the sense of whirlwind pressure and repeat the common criticism that ‘we are going too fast.’”

209. “The most dangerous notion a young man can acquire is that there is no more room for originality. There is no large room for anything else.”

210. “Man is a comparative being. Substandard things must go before super-standard things can come.”

211. “The industrial value of leisure as a promoter of the consumption of goods and thus as a stimulant to business have been proved.”

212. “No one loses anything by raising wages as soon as he is able. It has always paid us. Low wages are the most costly any employer can pay.”

213. “No unemployment insurance can be compared to an alliance between a man and a plot of land.”

214. “America is not a land of money but of wealth—not a land of rich people, but of successful workers.”

215. “The only thing you can give a man without hurting him is an opportunity.”

216. “Children have helped me a lot.”

217. “I’d like to devote about three years to the elimination of the cow. There’s no reason in the world why the chemist can’t discover the cow’s secret of converting vegetation into dairy products.”

218. “What America needs most is aviation.”

219. “That is what we are put in the world for, to get experience and to help others get it. It is the one thing no one can take away from us.”

220. “The present method of producing milk is too laborious. I believe that we can make milk by scientific process, eliminating the cow.”

221. “I can visualize the time when almost every family will have a small plane in their back yard.”

Henry Ford Quotes to Tickle Your Curiosity

222. “The greatest day of my life was the day I married Mrs. Ford.”

223. “The unhappiest man on earth is the one who has nothing to do.”

224. “Machinery was invented by labor for labor-serving purposes. The wheel is the basis of the machine.”

225. “I haven’t put a pencil to a piece of paper, working out a problem, in years; I do it in my head.”

226. “When prices go up, business goes down.”

227. “Three most deleterious things of modern life in their present order of importance are tobacco, alcohol, and intemperate eating. Both alcohol and tobacco are taboo in plants.”

228. “I attribute whatever I may have been able to accomplish in life far more to my wife than to anything else and to everything else put together.”

229. “You can’t tell me you can make any system or country work with low wages and high prices, and high wages with high prices don’t mean anything when the prices eat up the wages and don’t leave anything over.”

230. “If we could get all religions together on a common purpose—the elimination of jealousies and the things that make men covet another’s belongings, we would be a long way toward the goal of outmoding war, depression, and poverty.”

231. “Four women have helped me: mother, sister, mother-in-law, and wife.”

232. “From the start, I had my own ideas about how the business should run. I wanted it to benefit everybody who contributed to its success: stockholders, labor, and the American public.”

233. “No one ever wins a war.”

234. “Money will ruin the life of any man who treats it like anything but a tool with which to work.”

235. “Anything that is not right, whether it temporarily favors the employees or the employers, cannot last because it is not right.”

More Henry Ford Quotes

236. “I don’t expect to retire. Every man must work, that’s his natural destiny.”

237. “Cutting wages is not the way to recovery. Raise wages and improve the product.”

238. “Only one thing makes prosperity, and that is work.”

239. “A market is never saturated with a good product, but it is very quickly saturated with a bad one.”

240. “The basis of peace should be a world federation.”

How Did Henry Ford Influence Your Thoughts on Life, Business, and Passion?

Henry Ford began his career as an engineer at the Edison Illuminating Company. After rising to the position of chief engineer, he had enough money to devote to personal experiments.

He pioneered the assembly line method of production. This resulted in the sale of millions of cars, establishing Ford Motor Company as one of the most well-known companies in the world.

Henry Ford was an outstanding innovator. But, he had to overcome many setbacks before achieving his incredible, historic success.

There are countless lessons to be drawn from Henry’s life. Invest in what works, produce high-quality work, and be passionate about what you do.

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  1. Hi, Amy,
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    • Hey, Busisi.
      Thank you so much for your comment. So happy to hear from you. I’ve done my best to create this Henry Ford collection, glad you like it.

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