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Lee Iacocca
1924 -

American businessman. Iacocca worked for the Ford Motor Company for 21 years, became the "Father of the Mustang", and rose to the position of President. After a dispute with Henry Ford II, he left and became Chairman and CEO of the troubled Chrysler Corporation, where he led its remarkable turnaround. Iacocca became famous for his unvarnished opinions about America's competitiveness and productivity troubles, and for television commercials in which he challenged customers with the phrase, "If you can find a better car, buy it!" Author of Iacocca (1984) and Talking Straight (1988)


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.

Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something! Don't just stand there, make something happen. It isn't easy, but if you keep your nose to the grindstone and work at it, it's amazing how in a free society you can become as great as you want to be.

To solve big problems you have to be willing to do unpopular things.

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

[Former U.S. Vice President Al] Gore is the worst panderer in the world. That's why I don't like him. He polarizes. It's rich vs. poor. It's us vs. them.

Oct. 16, 2000 - quoted in "Lee Iacocca: Keeping busy 'keeps your mind young'", by Donna L. Goodison, published in Everybody's Business, Oct. 20, 2000
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.

When the product is right, you don't have to be a great marketer.

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

A country's competitiveness starts not on the factory floor or in the engineering lab. It starts in the classroom.

1988 - from Talking Straight