Quotes by Elon Musk

Tesla is becoming a real car company.
- Elon Musk
Life is too short for long-term grudges.
- Elon Musk
Great companies are built on great products.
- Elon Musk
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I'm anti-tax, but I'm pro-carbon tax.
- Elon Musk
I would like to die on Mars. Just not on impact.
- Elon Musk
Any product that needs a manual to work is broken.
- Elon Musk
The factory is the machine that builds the machine.
- Elon Musk
I think it matters whether someone has a good heart.
- Elon Musk
America is the spirit of human exploration distilled.
- Elon Musk
Rockets are cool. There's no getting around that.
- Elon Musk
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I've actually not read any books on time management.
- Elon Musk
You could warm Mars up, over time, with greenhouse gases.
- Elon Musk
As you heat the planet up, it's just like boiling a pot.
- Elon Musk
I don't think it's a good idea to plan to sell a company.
- Elon Musk
I think you should always bear in mind that entropy is not on your side.
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I think we are at the dawn of a new era in commercial space exploration.
- Elon Musk
My opinion is it's a bridge too far to go to fully autonomous cars.
- Elon Musk
Tesla is here to stay and keep fighting for the electric car revolution.
- Elon Musk
The pace of progress on Mars depends upon the pace of progress of SpaceX.
- Elon Musk
Land on Mars, a round-trip ticket - half a million dollars. It can be done.
- Elon Musk
If anyone has a vested interest in space solar power, it would have to be me.
- Elon Musk
If we drive down the cost of transportation in space, we can do great things.
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Patience is a virtue, and I'm learning patience. It's a tough lesson.
- Elon Musk
If humanity doesn't land on Mars in my lifetime, I would be very disappointed.
- Elon Musk
I had so many people try to talk me out of starting a rocket company, it was crazy.
- Elon Musk
When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.
- Elon Musk
When I was in college, I wanted to be involved in things that would change the world.
- Elon Musk
The rumours of the demise of the U.S. manufacturing industry are greatly exaggerated.
- Elon Musk
I'm glad to see that BMW is bringing an electric car to market. That's cool.
- Elon Musk
I'm a Silicon Valley guy. I just think people from Silicon Valley can do anything.
- Elon Musk
I don't create companies for the sake of creating companies, but to get things done.
- Elon Musk
Really, the only thing that makes sense is to strive for greater collective enlightenment.
- Elon Musk
I've been to Disneyland, like, 10 times. I'm getting really tired of Disneyland.
- Elon Musk
I say something, and then it usually happens. Maybe not on schedule, but it usually happens.
- Elon Musk
If you had to buy a new plane every time you flew somewhere, it would be incredibly expensive.
- Elon Musk
Silicon Valley has some of the smartest engineers and technology business people in the world.
- Elon Musk
In order to have your voice be heard in Washington, you have to make some little contribution.
- Elon Musk
In the early days of aviation, there was a great deal of experimentation and a high death rate.
- Elon Musk
It's OK to have your eggs in one basket as long as you control what happens to that basket.
- Elon Musk
Some people don't like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster.
- Elon Musk
Here in the West, people often don't like listening to their leaders, even if they are right.
- Elon Musk
Self-driving cars are the natural extension of active safety and obviously something we should do.
- Elon Musk
If something's important enough, you should try. Even if you - the probable outcome is failure.
- Elon Musk
Nobody wants to buy a $60,000 electric Civic. But people will pay $90,000 for an electric sports car.
- Elon Musk
Selling an electric sports car creates an opportunity to fundamentally change the way America drives.
- Elon Musk
I do love email. Wherever possible I try to communicate asynchronously. I'm really good at email.
- Elon Musk
I think we have a duty to maintain the light of consciousness to make sure it continues into the future.
- Elon Musk
Mars is the only place in the solar system where it's possible for life to become multi-planetarian.
- Elon Musk
I'd like to dial it back 5% or 10% and try to have a vacation that's not just e-mail with a view.
- Elon Musk
Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence.
- Elon Musk
I usually describe myself as an engineer; that's basically what I've been doing since I was a kid.
- Elon Musk
I think long term you can see Tesla establishing factories in Europe, in other parts of the U.S. and in Asia.
- Elon Musk
I'm trying to construct a world that maximises the probability that SpaceX continues its mission without me.
- Elon Musk
People should pursue what they're passionate about. That will make them happier than pretty much anything else.
- Elon Musk
If you think back to the beginning of cell phones, laptops or really any new technology, it's always expensive.
- Elon Musk
Facebook is quite entrenched and has a network effect. It's hard to break into a network once it's formed.
- Elon Musk
If you get up in the morning and think the future is going to be better, it is a bright day. Otherwise, it's not.
- Elon Musk
The fuel cell is just a fundamentally inferior way of delivering electrical energy to an electric motor than batteries.
- Elon Musk
Some companies out there quote a start of production that is substantially in advance of when customers get their cars.
- Elon Musk
I'm reasonably optimistic about the future, especially the future of the United States - for the century, at least.
- Elon Musk
I'm personally a moderate and a registered independent, so I'm not strongly Democratic or strongly Republican.
- Elon Musk
The reason we should do a carbon tax is because it's the right thing to do. It's economics 101, elementary stuff.
- Elon Musk
We polled Tesla owners, do you want autopilot disabled or not. Not one person wanted it disabled. That's pretty telling.
- Elon Musk
Winning 'Motor Trend' Car of the year is probably the closest thing to winning the Oscar or Emmy of the car industry.
- Elon Musk
I don't spend my time pontificating about high-concept things; I spend my time solving engineering and manufacturing problems.
- Elon Musk
I tend to approach things from a physics framework. And physics teaches you to reason from first principles rather than by analogy.
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In order for us to have a future that's exciting and inspiring, it has to be one where we're a space-bearing civilization.
- Elon Musk
If you're trying to create a company, it's like baking a cake. You have to have all the ingredients in the right proportion.
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I think life on Earth must be about more than just solving problems... It's got to be something inspiring, even if it is vicarious.
- Elon Musk
I think that's the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.
- Elon Musk
What I'm trying to do is, is to make a significant difference in space flight. And help make space flight accessible to almost anyone.
- Elon Musk
A Prius is not a true hybrid, really. The current Prius is, like, 2 percent electric. It's a gasoline car with slightly better mileage.
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There are some important differences between me and Tony Stark, like I have five kids, so I spend more time going to Disneyland than parties.
- Elon Musk
Physics is really figuring out how to discover new things that are counterintuitive, like quantum mechanics. It's really counterintuitive.
- Elon Musk
Stationary storage will be as big as the car business long term. The growth rate will probably be several times what it is for the car business.
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You need to be in the position where it is the cost of the fuel that actually matters and not the cost of building the rocket in the first place.
- Elon Musk
I just want to retire before I go senile because if I don't retire before I go senile, then I'll do more damage than good at that point.
- Elon Musk
When Henry Ford made cheap, reliable cars people said, 'Nah, what's wrong with a horse?' That was a huge bet he made, and it worked.
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The United States is definitely ahead in culture of innovation. If someone wants to accomplish great things, there is no better place than the U.S.
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If we're going to have any chance of sending stuff to other star systems, we need to be laser-focused on becoming a multi-planet civilisation.
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I feel very strongly that SpaceX would not have been able to get started, nor would we have made the progress that we have, without the help of NASA.
- Elon Musk
Biofuels such as ethanol require enormous amounts of cropland and end up displacing either food crops or natural wilderness, neither of which is good.
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People work better when they know what the goal is and why. It is important that people look forward to coming to work in the morning and enjoy working.
- Elon Musk
Obviously Tesla is about helping solve the consumption of energy in a sustainable manner, but you need the production of energy in a sustainable manner.
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There's a silly notion that failure's not an option at NASA. Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.
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I wouldn't say I have a lack of fear. In fact, I'd like my fear emotion to be less because it's very distracting and fries my nervous system.
- Elon Musk
The goal of Tesla is to accelerate sustainable energy, so we're going to take a step back and think about what's most likely to achieve that goal.
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I hate writing about personal stuff. I don't have a Facebook page. I don't use my Twitter account. I am familiar with both, but I don't use them.
- Elon Musk
I was born in Africa. I came to California because it's really where new technologies can be brought to fruition, and I don't see a viable competitor.
- Elon Musk
Even if producing CO2 was good for the environment, given that we're going to run out of hydrocarbons, we need to find some sustainable means of operating.
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I think it's very important to have a feedback loop, where you're constantly thinking about what you've done and how you could be doing it better.
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The U.S. automotive industry has been selling cars the same way for over 100 years, and there are many laws in place to govern exactly how that is to be accomplished.
- Elon Musk
SpaceX has the potential of saving the U.S. government $1 billion a year. We are opposed to creating an entrenched monopoly with no realistic means for anyone to compete.
- Elon Musk
It is theoretically possible to warp spacetime itself, so you're not actually moving faster than the speed of light, but it's actually space that's moving.
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I've actually made a prediction that within 30 years a majority of new cars made in the United States will be electric. And I don't mean hybrid, I mean fully electric.
- Elon Musk
The path to the CEO's office should not be through the CFO's office, and it should not be through the marketing department. It needs to be through engineering and design.
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I think most of the important stuff on the Internet has been built. There will be continued innovation, for sure, but the great problems of the Internet have essentially been solved.
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We're running the most dangerous experiment in history right now, which is to see how much carbon dioxide the atmosphere... can handle before there is an environmental catastrophe.
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The odds of me coming into the rocket business, not knowing anything about rockets, not having ever built anything, I mean, I would have to be insane if I thought the odds were in my favor.
- Elon Musk
You need to live in a dome initially, but over time you could terraform Mars to look like Earth and eventually walk around outside without anything on... So it's a fixer-upper of a planet.
- Elon Musk
Government isn't that good at rapid advancement of technology. It tends to be better at funding basic research. To have things take off, you've got to have commercial companies do it.
- Elon Musk
I think a lot of the American people feel more than a little disappointed that the high-water mark for human exploration was 1969. The dream of human space travel has almost died for a lot of people.
- Elon Musk
From an evolutionary standpoint, human consciousness has not been around very long. A little light just went on after four and a half billion years. How often does that happen? Maybe it is quite rare.
- Elon Musk
Brand is just a perception, and perception will match reality over time. Sometimes it will be ahead, other times it will be behind. But brand is simply a collective impression some have about a product.
- Elon Musk
I think Tesla will most likely develop its own autopilot system for the car, as I think it should be camera-based, not Lidar-based. However, it is also possible that we do something jointly with Google.
- Elon Musk
My background educationally is physics and economics, and I grew up in sort of an engineering environment - my father is an electromechanical engineer. And so there were lots of engineery things around me.
- Elon Musk
If you look at our current technology level, something strange has to happen to civilisations, and I mean strange in a bad way. And it could be that there are a whole lot of dead, one-planet civilisations.
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