Elon Musk Quotes

There’s no doubt that Elon Musk is one of the most influential and successful entrepreneurs of our time. Musk is known for his visionary thinking and his passion for innovation. He possesses an uncanny ability to see beyond the status quo and into the future. He is a pioneer in the world of technology and business, and his work has changed the way we live our lives. Here are some of the best quotes from Elon Musk that will inspire you to be more creative and achieve success.

  • I’m reasonably optimistic about the future, especially the future of the United States – for the century, at least.

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  • If we could do high-speed rail in California just half a notch above what they’ve done on the Shanghai line in China, and if we had a straight path from L.A. to San Francisco, as well as the milk run, at least that would be progress.

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  • The reason we should do a carbon tax is because it’s the right thing to do. It’s economics 101, elementary stuff.

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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.

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  • If humanity doesn’t land on Mars in my lifetime, I would be very disappointed.

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  • I’d rather be optimistic and wrong than pessimistic and right.

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  • The pace of progress on Mars depends upon the pace of progress of SpaceX.

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  • Facebook is quite entrenched and has a network effect. It’s hard to break into a network once it’s formed.

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  • It’s obviously tricky to convert cellulose to a useful biofuel. I think actually the most efficient way to use cellulose is to burn it in a co-generation power plant. That will yield the most energy and that is something you can do today.

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  • I care very deeply about the people at Tesla. I feel like I have a great debt to the people of Tesla who are making the company successful.

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  • Man has the power to act as his own destroyer – and that is the way he has acted through most of his history.

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  • I think it matters whether someone has a good heart.

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  • 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.

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  • When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.

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  • I wish we could be private with Tesla. It actually makes us less efficient to be a public company.

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  • SpaceX is only 12 years old now. Between now and 2040, the company’s lifespan will have tripled. If we have linear improvement in technology, as opposed to logarithmic, then we should have a significant base on Mars, perhaps with thousands or tens of thousands of people.

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  • The rumours of the demise of the U.S. manufacturing industry are greatly exaggerated.

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  • If something’s important enough, you should try. Even if – the probable outcome is failure.

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  • Really, the only thing that makes sense is to strive for greater collective enlightenment.

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  • 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.

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  • Great companies are built on great products.

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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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  • There have to be reasons that you get up in the morning and you want to live. Why do you want to live? What’s the point? What inspires you? What do you love about the future? If the future does not include being out there among the stars and being a multi-planet species, I find that incredibly depressing.

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  • In order to have your voice be heard in Washington, you have to make some little contribution.

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  • If you think back to the beginning of cell phones, laptops or really any new technology, it’s always expensive.

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  • 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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  • Any product that needs a manual to work is broken.

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  • I’m anti-tax, but I’m pro-carbon tax.

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  • If we drive down the cost of transportation in space, we can do great things.

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  • When I was in college, I wanted to be involved in things that would change the world.

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  • I think we have a duty to maintain the light of consciousness to make sure it continues into the future.

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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.

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  • Some people don’t like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster.

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  • I’m personally a moderate and a registered independent, so I’m not strongly Democratic or strongly Republican.

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  • Winning ‘Motor Trend’ Car of the year is probably the closest thing to winning the Oscar or Emmy of the car industry.

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  • I don’t think it’s a good idea to plan to sell a company.

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  • Here in the West, people often don’t like listening to their leaders, even if they are right.

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  • Some companies out there quote a start of production that is substantially in advance of when customers get their cars.

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  • 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.

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  • I do love email. Wherever possible I try to communicate asynchronously. I’m really good at email.

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  • We can’t have, like, willy-nilly proliferation of fake news. That’s crazy. You can’t have more types of fake news than real news. That’s allowing public deception to go unchecked. That’s crazy.

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  • You could warm Mars up, over time, with greenhouse gases.

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  • 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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  • I really do encourage other manufacturers to bring electric cars to market. It’s a good thing, and they need to bring it to market and keep iterating and improving and make better and better electric cars, and that’s what going to result in humanity achieving a sustainable transport future. I wish it was growing faster than it is.

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  • The fuel cell is just a fundamentally inferior way of delivering electrical energy to an electric motor than batteries.

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  • With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon. You know all those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, and he’s like, yeah, he’s sure he can control the demon? Doesn’t work out.

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  • Boeing just took $20 billion and 10 years to improve the efficiency of their planes by 10 percent. That’s pretty lame. I have a design in mind for a vertical liftoff supersonic jet that would be a really big improvement.

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  • I’m trying to construct a world that maximises the probability that SpaceX continues its mission without me.

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  • 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 say something, and then it usually happens. Maybe not on schedule, but it usually happens.

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  • Life is too short for long-term grudges.

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  • My vision is for a fully reusable rocket transport system between Earth and Mars that is able to re-fuel on Mars – this is very important – so you don’t have to carry the return fuel when you go there.

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  • I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.

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  • It’s OK to have your eggs in one basket as long as you control what happens to that basket.

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  • To make an embarrassing admission, I like video games. That’s what got me into software engineering when I was a kid. I wanted to make money so I could buy a better computer to play better video games – nothing like saving the world.

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  • Nobody wants to buy a $60,000 electric Civic. But people will pay $90,000 for an electric sports car.

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  • Yeah, well I think anyone who likes fast cars will love the Tesla. And it has fantastic handling by the way. I mean this car will crush a Porsche on the track, just crush it. So if you like fast cars, you’ll love this car. And then oh, by the way, it happens to be electric and it’s twice the efficiency of a Prius.

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  • I will never be happy without having someone. Going to sleep alone kills me.

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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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  • With DNA, you have to be able to tell which genes are turned on or off. Current DNA sequencing cannot do that. The next generation of DNA sequencing needs to be able to do this. If somebody invents this, then we can start to very precisely identify cures for diseases.

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  • The reality is gas prices should be much more expensive then they are because we’re not incorporating the true damage to the environment and the hidden costs of mining oil and transporting it to the U.S. Whenever you have an unpriced externality, you have a bit of a market failure, to the degree that eternality remains unpriced.

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  • We polled Tesla owners, do you want autopilot disabled or not. Not one person wanted it disabled. That’s pretty telling.

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  • If anyone thinks they’d rather be in a different part of history, they’re probably not a very good student of history. Life sucked in the old days. People knew very little, and you were likely to die at a young age of some horrible disease. You’d probably have no teeth by now. It would be particularly awful if you were a woman.

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  • We’re already cyborgs. Your phone and your computer are extensions of you, but the interface is through finger movements or speech, which are very slow.

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  • Land on Mars, a round-trip ticket – half a million dollars. It can be done.

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  • A company is a group organized to create a product or service, and it is only as good as its people and how excited they are about creating. I do want to recognize a ton of super-talented people. I just happen to be the face of the companies.

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  • The revolutionary breakthrough will come with rockets that are fully and rapidly reusable. We will never conquer Mars unless we do that. It’ll be too expensive. The American colonies would never have been pioneered if the ships that crossed the ocean hadn’t been reusable.

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  • 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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  • I’ve actually not read any books on time management.

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  • I think there should be regulations on social media to the degree that it negatively affects the public good.

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  • 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.

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  • Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence.

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  • A battery by definition is a collection of cells. So the cell is a little can of chemicals. And the challenge is taking a very high-energy cell, and a large number of them, and combining them safely into a large battery.

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  • If you had to buy a new plane every time you flew somewhere, it would be incredibly expensive.

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  • The lessons of history would suggest that civilisations move in cycles. You can track that back quite far – the Babylonians, the Sumerians, followed by the Egyptians, the Romans, China. We’re obviously in a very upward cycle right now, and hopefully that remains the case. But it may not.

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  • I think whenever something is – whenever there’s something that affects the public good, then there does need to be some form of public oversight.

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  • For all the supporters of Tesla over the years, and it’s been several years now and there have been some very tough times, I’d just like to say thank you very much. I deeply appreciate the support, particularly through the darkest times.

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  • There’s nothing – I’ve bought everything I want. I don’t like yachts or anything; you know, I’m not a yacht person, and I’ve got pretty much the nicest plane I’d want to have.

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  • In the early days of aviation, there was a great deal of experimentation and a high death rate.

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  • It’s very important to like the people you work with. Otherwise, your job is going to be quite miserable.

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  • 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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  • A utility can handle up to 20% of production from solar and that helps the grid because it produces electricity when needed. Solar power peaks in the middle of the day and that’s also when air conditioning is running and businesses are operating, so power production matches usage.

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  • The problem is that at a lot of big companies, process becomes a substitute for thinking. You’re encouraged to behave like a little gear in a complex machine. Frankly, it allows you to keep people who aren’t that smart, who aren’t that creative.

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  • If you look at space companies, they’ve failed either because they’ve had a technical solution where success was not a possible outcome, they were unable to attract a critical mass of talent, or they just ran out of money. The finish line is usually a lot further away than you think.

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  • I’m glad to see that BMW is bringing an electric car to market. That’s cool.

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  • 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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  • I do think there is a lot of potential if you have a compelling product and people are willing to pay a premium for that. I think that is what Apple has shown. You can buy a much cheaper cell phone or laptop, but Apple’s product is so much better than the alternative, and people are willing to pay that premium.

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  • 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.

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  • Particularly Instagram, people look like they have a much better life than they really do. People basically seem like they are way better-looking than they really are, and they are way happier-seeming than they really are.

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  • When I was a child, there’s one thing I said: ‘I never want to be alone.’ That’s what I would say. I don’t want to be alone.

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  • The future of humanity is going to bifurcate in two directions: Either it’s going to become multiplanetary, or it’s going to remain confined to one planet and eventually there’s going to be an extinction event.

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  • I think we are at the dawn of a new era in commercial space exploration.

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  • I had so many people try to talk me out of starting a rocket company, it was crazy.

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  • People should pursue what they’re passionate about. That will make them happier than pretty much anything else.

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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. I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.

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  • 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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  • An asteroid or a supervolcano could certainly destroy us, but we also face risks the dinosaurs never saw: An engineered virus, nuclear war, inadvertent creation of a micro black hole, or some as-yet-unknown technology could spell the end of us.

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  • As you heat the planet up, it’s just like boiling a pot.

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  • I think the high-tech industry is used to developing new things very quickly. It’s the Silicon Valley way of doing business: You either move very quickly and you work hard to improve your product technology, or you get destroyed by some other company.

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  • The value of beauty and inspiration is very much underrated, no question. But I want to be clear: I’m not trying to be anyone’s savior. I’m just trying to think about the future and not be sad.

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  • I think there are more politicians in favor of electric cars than against. There are still some that are against, and I think the reasoning for that varies depending on the person, but in some cases, they just don’t believe in climate change – they think oil will last forever.

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  • I’ve been to Disneyland, like, 10 times. I’m getting really tired of Disneyland.

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  • We are the first species capable of self-annihilation.

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  • Silicon Valley has some of the smartest engineers and technology business people in the world.

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  • I don’t spend my time pontificating about high-concept things; I spend my time solving engineering and manufacturing problems.

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  • 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.

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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.

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  • It would take six months to get to Mars if you go there slowly, with optimal energy cost. Then it would take eighteen months for the planets to realign. Then it would take six months to get back, though I can see getting the travel time down to three months pretty quickly if America has the will.

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  • I would like to die on Mars. Just not on impact.

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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.

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  • Tesla is becoming a real car company.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • If you go back a few hundred years, what we take for granted today would seem like magic – being able to talk to people over long distances, to transmit images, flying, accessing vast amounts of data like an oracle. These are all things that would have been considered magic a few hundred years ago.

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  • I always invest my own money in the companies that I create. I don’t believe in the whole thing of just using other people’s money. I don’t think that’s right. I’m not going to ask other people to invest in something if I’m not prepared to do so myself.

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  • Selling an electric sports car creates an opportunity to fundamentally change the way America drives.

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  • So we originally expected to make about 35 gigawatt hours at the cell level and about 50 gigawatt hours at the module or pack level. Now we are expecting to do about 150 gigawatt hours in the same volumetric space as the original design.

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  • Rockets are cool. There’s no getting around that.

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  • The problem with car dealerships is you’ve already decided what you want to buy before you even go there, and you’re really just going there to talk through some annoying negotiation.

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  • Starting a business is not for everyone. Starting a business – I’d say, number one is have a high pain threshold.

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  • I think you should always bear in mind that entropy is not on your side.

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  • If you’re entering anything where there’s an existing marketplace, against large, entrenched competitors, then your product or service needs to be much better than theirs. It can’t be a little bit better, because then you put yourself in the shoes of the consumer… you’re always going to buy the trusted brand unless there’s a big difference.

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  • The factory is the machine that builds the machine.

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  • If anyone has a vested interest in space solar power, it would have to be me.

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  • Mars is the only place in the solar system where it’s possible for life to become multi-planetarian.

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  • I do think there should be some regulations on AI.

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  • The key to making things affordable is design and technology improvements, as well as scale.

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  • Trying to read our DNA is like trying to understand software code – with only 90% of the code riddled with errors. It’s very difficult in that case to understand and predict what that software code is going to do.

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  • 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.

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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.

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  • There’s no better place in the world for technology start-ups than Silicon Valley; there’s such an incredible well of talent and capital and resources. The whole system is set up to foster the creation of new companies.

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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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  • 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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  • 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.

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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.

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  • 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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  • There are really two things that have to occur in order for a new technology to be affordable to the mass market. One is you need economies of scale. The other is you need to iterate on the design. You need to go through a few versions.

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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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  • America is the spirit of human exploration distilled.

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  • The space shuttle was often used as an example of why you shouldn’t even attempt to make something reusable. But one failed experiment does not invalidate the greater goal. If that was the case, we’d never have had the light bulb.

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  • Self-driving cars are the natural extension of active safety and obviously something we should do.

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  • I would like to fly in space. Absolutely. That would be cool. I used to just do personally risky things, but now I’ve got kids and responsibilities, so I can’t be my own test pilot. That wouldn’t be a good idea. But I definitely want to fly as soon as it’s a sensible thing to do.

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  • It is true that SpaceX is partially a government contractor, but it would be unfair to say that SpaceX is entirely a government contractor.

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  • 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.

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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.

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  • 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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  • I usually describe myself as an engineer; that’s basically what I’ve been doing since I was a kid.

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  • If you want to grow a giant redwood, you need to make sure the seeds are ok, nurture the sapling, and work out what might potentially stop it from growing all the way along. Anything that breaks it at any point stops that growth.

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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.

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  • 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.

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