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Business & Property Quotes, Proverbs

Like many people involved in business, we try to understand what makes some people and their businesses more successful than others and at Cherry & Cherry this is part of the fascinating world of Business Transfer Agency and Valuation.

For interest we have set out below some thoughts by Henry Ford.

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Henry Ford 1863 – 1947

Businessman, industrialist, philanthropist and founder of the Ford Motor Company


  • A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits, they will be embarrassingly large.
  • A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.
  • Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
  • As we advance in life we learn the limits of our abilities.
  • Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.
  • Business is never so healthy as when, like a hen, it must do a certain amount of scratching around for what it gets.
  • Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.
  • Competition is the keen cutting edge of business, always shaving away at costs.
  • Don't find fault, find a remedy.
  • Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait, the grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas.
  • Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement.
  • Exercise is bunk. If you are healthy, you don't need it: if you are sick you should not take it.
  • I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can't be done.
  • 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.
  • If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.
  • 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.
  • If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.
  • It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.
  • 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.
  • Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.
  • My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.
  • Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
  • Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
  • Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.
  • Speculation is only a word covering the making of money out of the manipulation of prices, instead of supplying goods and services.
  • 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.
  • The highest use of capital is not to make more money but to make money do more for the betterment of life.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.
  • Time and money spent in helping men to do more for themselves is far better than mere giving.
  • Wealth, like happiness, is never attained when sought after directly. It comes as a by product of providing a useful service.
  • You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.
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