- "A problem thoroughly understood is fairly simple. Found your opinions on facts, not prejudices, we know too many things that are not true"
can anyone verify this quote a charles kettering
- This seems a very slight variant of a statement attributed to him in Dynamic Work Simplification (1971) by W. Clements Zinck, p. 122:
- A problem thoroughly understood is always fairly simple. Found your opinions on facts, not prejudices. We know too many things that are not true.
- An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he's in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots.
- High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.
- If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong.
- 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.
- It's amazing what ordinary people can do if they set out without preconceived notions.
- Nothing ever built arose to touch the skies unless some man dreamed that it should, some man believed that it could, and some man willed that it must.
- People are very open-minded about new things - as long as they're exactly like the old ones.
- The opportunities of man are limited only by his imagination. But so few have imagination that there are ten thousand fiddlers to one composer.
- The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.
- There will always be a frontier where there is an open mind and a willing hand.
- A problem well stated is a problem half solved.
- You can't have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time.
- You can be sincere and still be stupid.
"My interest is in the future"
I found the original form of the "My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there." quote; see 2225121. The original form (in a GM publication, 1936) is:
- You know, you read about the future. You can't help that. I don't look upon the future. I am not a politician. I am not worried about the future at all. I don't like to run it down. I don't like to think of it being too dark because I expect to spend all the rest of my life there and I don't want to have a nasty end to it.
This is less pithy, and has a rather darker tone; this may reflect the era (impending world war).