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I forgot to shake hands and be friendly. It was an important lesson about leadership.

I guess I invented extended warranties, because that's all we had to sell at Chrysler in those days.

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?

In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else.

Management is nothing more than motivating other people.

The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family.

My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.

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.

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.

Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something. Don't just stand there, make it happen.

To succeed today, you have to set priorities, decide what you stand for.

We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.

The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being.

I hire people brighter than me and then I get out of their way.

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.

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.

In the end, all business operations can be reduced to three words: people, product, and profits.

There is no substitute for accurate knowledge. Know yourself, know your business, know your men.

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.

Chrysler builds great cars.