50 Best Elon Musk Quotes

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Elon Musk Quotes

“When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favour.”

“It is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree -- make sure you understand the fundamental principles, ie the trunk and big branches, before you get into the leaves/details or there is nothing for them to hang on to.”

“My proceeds from the PayPal acquisition were $180 million. I put $100 million in SpaceX, $70m in Tesla, and $10m in Solar City. I had to borrow money for rent.”

“You get paid in direct proportion to the difficulty of problems you solve”

“You should take the approach that you’re wrong. Your goal is to be less wrong.”

“I think it would be great to be born on Earth and die on Mars. Just hopefully not at the point of impact.”

“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.”

“Constantly seek criticism. A well thought out critique of whatever you’re doing is as valuable as gold.”

“I'm not trying to be anyone's savior. I'm just trying to think about the future and not be sad.”

“It is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.”

“No, I don't ever give up. I'd have to be dead or completely incapacitated”

“If you need inspiration, don't do it.”

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


“The idea of lying on a beach as my main thing just sounds like the worst. It sounds horrible to me. I would go bonkers. I would have to be on serious drugs. I’d be super-duper bored. I like high intensity.”

“The first step is to establish that something is possible then probability will occur.”

“I came to the conclusion that we should aspire to increase the scope and scale of human consciousness in order to better understand what questions to ask. Really, the only thing tht makes sense is to strive for greater collective enlightenment.”

“In terms of the Internet, it's like humanity acquiring a collective nervous system. Whereas previously we were more like a [?], like a collection of cells that communicated by diffusion. With the advent of the Internet, it was suddenly like we got a nervous system. It's a hugely impactful thing.”

“Any product that needs a manual to work is broken.”

“I take the position that I'm always to some degree wrong, and the aspiration is to be less wrong.”

“They were building a Ferrari for every launch, when it was possible that a Honda Accord might do the trick.”

“It's OK to have your eggs in one basket as long as you control what happens to that basket.”

“Constantly think about how you could be doing things better.”

“I could go and buy one of the islands in the Bahamas and turn it into my personal fiefdom, but I am much more interested in trying to build and create a new company.”

“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.”

“One of the really tough things is figuring out what questions to ask. Once you figure out the question, then the answer is relatively easy.”

“One of the biggest mistakes we made was trying to automate things that are super easy for a person to do, but super hard for a robot to do.”

“Every person in your company is a vector. Your progress is determined by the sum of all vectors.  ”


“I would like to die on Mars. Just not on impact.”

“I'm not trying to be anyone's savior. I just try to think about the future and not be sad”

“I think we have a duty to maintain the light of consciousness, to make sure it continues into the future”

“You’re twenty-four or twenty-five, and they’re trusting you with so much. It was very empowering.”

“They were smart, needed to get things done, and didn’t always have time to wait for things like city permits.”

“The longer you wait to fire someone the longer it has been since you should have fired them,”

“He will pick the most aggressive time schedule imaginable assuming everything goes right, and then accelerate it by assuming that everyone can work harder.”

“Good ideas are always crazy until they’re not.”

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“The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads,”

“If the rules are such that you can’t make progress, then you have to fight the rules.”

“There needs to be a reason for a grade. I’d rather play video games, write software, and read books than try and get an A if there’s no point in getting an A.”

“We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters”

“As his ex-wife, Justine, put it, “He does what he wants, and he is relentless about it. It’s Elon’s world, and the rest of us live in it.”

“I would like to allocate more time to dating, though. I need to find a girlfriend. That’s why I need to carve out just a little more time. I think maybe even another five to ten—how much time does a woman want a week? Maybe ten hours? That’s kind of the minimum? I don’t know.”

“He seems to feel for the human species as a whole without always wanting to consider the wants and needs of individuals.”

“I’d rather play video games, write software, and read books than try and get an A if there’s no point in getting an A.”