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Henry Ford

Birthdate: 30. July 1863
Date of death: 7. April 1947

Henry Ford was an American industrialist and a business magnate, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and the sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production.

Although Ford did not invent the automobile or the assembly line, he developed and manufactured the first automobile that many middle-class Americans could afford. In doing so, Ford converted the automobile from an expensive curiosity into a practical conveyance that would profoundly impact the landscape of the 20th century. His introduction of the Model T automobile revolutionized transportation and American industry. As the owner of the Ford Motor Company, he became one of the richest and best-known people in the world. He is credited with "Fordism": mass production of inexpensive goods coupled with high wages for workers. Ford had a global vision, with consumerism as the key to peace. His intense commitment to systematically lowering costs resulted in many technical and business innovations, including a franchise system that put dealerships throughout most of North America and in major cities on six continents. Ford left most of his vast wealth to the Ford Foundation and arranged for his family to control the company permanently.

Ford was also widely known for his pacifism during the first years of World War I, and for promoting antisemitic content, including The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, through his newspaper The Dearborn Independent and the book The International Jew, having an alleged influence on the development of Nazism and Adolf Hitler.

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Citát „Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.“

„Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.“

—  Henry Ford

Variant: Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.

„Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.“

—  Henry Ford

Variant: Whether you think you can, or you think you can't—you're right.

„The economic fundamental is labour.“

—  Henry Ford, book My Life and Work

Source: My Life and Work (1922), p. 9
Context: The economic fundamental is labour. Labour is the human element which makes the fruitful seasons of the earth useful to men. It is men 's labour that makes the harvest what it is. That is the economic fundamental: every one of us is working with material which we did not and could not create, but which was presented to us by Nature.

„Money is only a tool in business.“

—  Henry Ford, book My Life and Work

Source: My Life and Work (1922), p. 157
Context: Money is only a tool in business. It is just a part of the machinery. You might as well borrow 100,000 lathes as $100,000 if the trouble is inside your business. More lathes will not cure it; neither will more money. Only heavier doses of brains and thought and wise courage can cure. A business that misuses what it has will continue to misuse what it can get.

„You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.“

—  Henry Ford

As quoted in International Encyclopedia of Prose and Poetical Quotations (1951) by William S. Walsh
Attributed from posthumous publications
Variant: You can't learn in school what the world is going to do next year.

„My best friend is one who brings out the best in me“

—  Henry Ford

Actually due to Harris Weinstock: "My best friend is the man who can bring out of me my best, and your best friend is the one who tends to bring out the best in you" (May 1914) Attributed to Henry Ford as early as 1948.
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„If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.“

—  Henry Ford

Patrick Vlaskovits, " Henry Ford, Innovation, and That “Faster Horse” Quote https://hbr.org/2011/08/henry-ford-never-said-the-fast," in Harvard Business Review, August 29, 2011.
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„Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.“

—  Henry Ford, book My Life and Work

Source: My Life and Work (1922), p. 72. Chapter IV, : Remark about the Model T in 1909; this has often been paraphrased, e.g.: "You can have any color as long as it's black."

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