Why don't we pass a law that says when you borrow money to buy somebody else and cannibalize him, the interest payments on those loans are not deductible? That would get the excesses out of the system pretty fast. Right now, if you want to buy up a competitor, generally you can't. That would violate the antitrust laws. But if you want to buy a company that does something else entirely, that's okay. Where's the sense in that?
Name me a leader who has a better idea for homeland security than making us take off our shoes in airports and throw away our shampoo?
I've always felt that a manager has achieved a great deal when he's able to motivate one other person. When it comes to making the place run, motivation is everything. You might be able to do the work of two people, but you can't be two people. Instead, you have to inspire the next guy down the line and get him to inspire his people.
The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
Trouble shared is trouble halved.
We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.
People want economy and they will pay any price to get it.
Decisiveness is the one word that makes a good manager.
Chrysler invented rebates, I'm sorry to say. I didn't have anything to do with that. A lot of flaky deals were made in order to give the customer enough cash for a down payment.
What is wrong with changing your mind because the facts changed? But you have to be able to say why you changed your mind and how the facts changed.
I've always found that the speed of the boss is the speed of the team.
Listening can make the difference between a mediocre organization and a great one.
Motivation is everything. You can do the work of two people, but you can't be two people. Instead, you have to inspire the next guy down the line and get him to inspire his people.
There are times in everyone's life when something constructive is born out of adversity... when things seem so bad that you've got to grab your fate by the shoulders and shake it.
In times of great stress or adversity, it's always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.
There's no great mystery to satisfying your customers. Build them a quality product and treat them with respect. It's that simple.
So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don't sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we've satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.
Even a correct decision is wrong when it was taken too late.
If you set a good example you need not worry about setting rules.
My father used to say, 'You can spend a lot of time making money. The tough time comes when you have to give it away properly.' How to give something back, that's the tough part in life.
Don't just stand there; make something happen.
We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?
I learned about the strength you can get from a close family life. I learned to keep going, even in bad times. I learned not to despair, even when my world was falling apart. I learned that there are no free lunches. And I learned the value of hard work.
The right decision is the wrong decision if it's made too late.
The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family.
The trick is to make sure you don't die waiting for prosperity to come.
If we screw it up, start over. Try something else.
You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can't get them across, your ideas won't get you anywhere.
Are we going to be a services power? The double-cheeseburger-hold-the-mayo kings of the world?
Start with good people, lay out the rules, communicate with your employees, motivate them and reward them. If you do all those things effectively, you can't miss.
The only mistake I ever made was not listening to my gut.
The great issues facing us today are not Republican issues or Democratic issues. The political parties can debate the means, but both parties must embrace the end objective, which is to make America great again.
No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?
One of the things the government can't do is run anything. The only things our government runs are the post office and the railroads, and both of them are bankrupt.
The speed of the boss is the speed of the team.
I hire people brighter than me and then I get out of their way.
We at Chrysler borrow money the old-fashioned way. We pay it back.
It's a good thing god doesn't let you look a year or two into the future, or you might be sorely tempted to shoot yourself.
I have found that being honest is the best technique I can use. Right up front, tell people what you're trying to accomplish and what you're willing to sacrifice to accomplish it.
I only wish I could find an institute that teaches people how to listen. Business people need to listen at least as much as they need to talk. Too many people fail to realize that real communication goes in both directions.