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Henry Royce

English engineer, car designer, co-founder of Rolls-Royce
Small things make perfection, but perfection is no small thing … Whatever is rightly done, however humble, is noble.

Sir Frederick Henry Royce, 1st Baronet of Seaton, OBE (27 March 186322 April 1933) was an English engineer and car designer who, with Charles Rolls, founded the Rolls-Royce company.

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I have only one regret … that I have not worked harder.
  • Strive for perfection in everything we do. Take the best that exists and make it better. When it does not exist, design it. Accept nothing nearly right or good enough.
    • Slogan for the Rolls-Royce company, quoted in Transforming the Organization (1996) by Francis J. Gouillart, p. 85
  • Small things make perfection, but perfection is no small thing … Whatever is rightly done, however humble, is noble.
    • As quoted in A Dictionary of Marketing (2011) by Charles Doyle, p. 391
  • I have only one regret … that I have not worked harder.
    • Deathbed assertion, as quoted in Outlook Business, Vol. 3, No. 4 (23 February 2008)

Quotes about RoyceEdit

  • One respected critic described the 40/50 hp as being "a triumph of workmanship over design" — a cruel but not wholly inaccurate assessment. The meticulous quality of engineering insisted upon by the perfectionist Henry Royce was what established the marque's reputation.
    • On Royce's engineering, in Car: The Definitive Visual History of the Automobile (2011), by Penguin Books, p. 32

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