查尔斯·凯特灵语录

作者: 阮一峰

日期: 2011年2月 3日

查尔斯·凯特灵(Charles Kettering,1876-1958)是一个美国发明家,曾经担任通用汽车公司研发主管27年(1920-1940)。

在那个年代,汽车公司代表了技术的最高水平,听上去有点像今天Google、苹果公司的那种感觉。查尔斯·凯特灵在世界上最大的汽车公司里负责研发,他在业界的地位可想而知。

前几天,我读到了他的一些语录,觉得很有启发(前提是要从工程师的角度,去理解这些话),就做了摘录。

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1.

The whole fun of living is trying to make something better.

生活的所有乐趣,在于使某样东西变得更好。

2.

The key to economic prosperity is the organized creation of dissatisfaction.

经济繁荣的关键,在于有组织地创造对现状的不满。

3.

It's amazing what ordinary people can do if they set out without preconceived notions.

普通人也可以做出惊人的成绩,只要他不被那些先入为主的观念束缚。

4.

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

我只关心未来,因为我的余生都会在那里度过。

5.

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.

多少伟大的东西,都是起于一两人之梦想。先是一些人觉得也许可以做到,然后另一些人下定决心,一定要把它做出来。

6.

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

人们都是开明的,只要新事物与旧事物足够相像

7.

So few have imagination that there are ten thousand fiddlers to one composer.

很少人有那种想象力,想像一个作曲家如何安排一万个小提琴手。

8.

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

世人总是不喜欢变化,但是只有变化才会带来进步。

9.

A problem well stated is a problem half solved.

一个问题只要能够清晰地表述,就已经解决了一半。

10.

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

扼杀创意,只要让一个委员会负责实施就行了。

11.

It is easy to build a philosophy - it doesn't have to run.

创立一种哲学是很容易的,因为你不必运行它。

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