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You will never stub your toe standing still.
by 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

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

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

 

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

You can't have a better tomorrow if you are thinking
about yesterday all the time.
- Charles Kettering

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

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People are very open-minded about new things -
as long as they're exactly like the old ones.
- Charles Kettering

One fails forward toward success.
- Charles Kettering

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

The only time you mustn't fail is the last time you try.
- Charles Kettering

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

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

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

A problem well stated is a problem half-solved.
- Charles Kettering

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

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

Problems are the price of progress.
Don't bring me anything but trouble.
Good news weakens me.
- Charles Kettering

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

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

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

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

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

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

Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.
- Charles Kettering

In America we can say what we think,
and even if we can't think,
we can say it anyhow.
- Charles Kettering

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

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

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

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

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go, radiate kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

How do you want to be remembered?
Live life full out - Begin today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you
that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising
that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer


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