Smart And Inspiring Elon Musk Quotes about Space, AI, Tesla and more

Elon Musk, born in South Africa in 1971, is not just known for pushing breakthrough innovation and as a co-founder and engineer at SpaceX, Tesla Motors, OpenAI and The Boring Company. The self-proclaimed "Technoking of Tesla" is also known for his Twitter rants and witty comments. Elon Musk's comments on Twitter even sparked legal investigations in the past.

Many of his more popular thoughts made it into this curated collection of Elon Musk's best quotes. Learn about his experiences as a co-founder of multiple billion-dollar companies, thought-leader in AI, Space and engineering.

“America is the spirit of human exploration distilled.”

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—Elon Musk

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

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—Elon Musk

“As much as possible, avoid hiring MBAs. MBA programs don't teach people how to create companies.”

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—Elon Musk

“Being an entrepreneur is like eating glass and staring into the abyss of death.”

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—Elon Musk

“Buy & hold stock in companies where you love the product roadmap, sell where you don’t.”

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—Elon Musk

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

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—Elon Musk

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

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—Elon Musk

“Education is basically downloading data and algorithms into your brain.”

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—Elon Musk

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

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—Elon Musk

“Excessive use of made up acronyms is a significant impediment to communication […] No one can actually remember all these acronyms and people don’t want to seem dumb in a meeting, so they just sit there in ignorance. This is particularly tough on new employees.”

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—Elon Musk

“Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.”

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—Elon Musk

“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.”

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—Elon Musk

“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.”

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—Elon Musk

“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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—Elon Musk

“I don't believe in process. In fact, when I interview a potential employee and he or she says that 'it's all about the process,' I see that as a bad sign. 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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—Elon Musk

“I mean, I think that if people are concerned about volatility, they should definitely not buy our stock. I’m not here [on an earnings call] to convince you to buy [Tesla] stock. Do not buy it if volatility is scary. There you go.”

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—Elon Musk

“I really like computer games, but then if I made really great computer games, how much effect would that have on the world.”

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—Elon Musk

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

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—Elon Musk

“I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.”

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—Elon Musk

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

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—Elon Musk

“I think it’s important to reason from first principles rather than by analogy. The normal way we conduct our lives is we reason by analogy. [With analogy] we are doing this because it’s like something else that was done, or it is like what other people are doing. [With first principles] you boil things down to the most fundamental truths…and then reason up from there.”

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—Elon Musk

“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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—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.”

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—Elon Musk

“I think the best way to attract venture capital is to try and come up with a demonstration of whatever product or service it is and ideally take that as far as you can. Just see if you can sell that to real customers and start generating some momentum. The further along you can get with that, the more likely you are to get funding.”

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—Elon Musk

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

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—Elon Musk

“I was raised by books. Books, and then my parents”

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—Elon Musk

“I wonder how many dead one-planet civilizations are out there in the cosmos that never made it to the other planet and ultimately extinguished themselves or were destroyed by external factors. Probably a few.”

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—Elon Musk

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

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—Elon Musk

“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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—Elon Musk

“If humanity is to become multi-planetary, the fundamental breakthrough that needs to occur in rocketry is a rapidly and completely reusable rocket … achieving it would be on a par with what the Wright brothers did. It’s the fundamental thing that’s necessary for humanity to become a space-faring civilization. America would never have been colonized if ships weren’t reusable.”

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—Elon Musk

“If something is important enough, you do it even if the odds aren't in your favor.”

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—Elon Musk

“If you buy a ticket to hell, it isn't fair to blame hell.”

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—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.”

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—Elon Musk

“If you're not concerned about AI safety, you should be. Vastly more risk than North Korea.”

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—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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—Elon Musk

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

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—Elon Musk

“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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—Elon Musk

“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.”

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—Elon Musk

“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.”

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—Elon Musk

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

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—Elon Musk

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

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—Elon Musk

“I've actually not read any books on time management.”

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—Elon Musk

“I've said many times: prototypes are easy, production is hard.”

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—Elon Musk

“Life needs to be more than just solving problems every day. You need to wake up and be excited about the future.”

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—Elon Musk

“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.”

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—Elon Musk

“Never chase the next hot thing. Stop trying to chase the wave. You will never catch it. You always for the most part find out about that stuff too late. Instead, do what you are really passionate about, what you really love. That will position you before the wave even hits, and you will find out about whatever it is before the wave starts, before it gets hot, and that is how you take advantage.”

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—Elon Musk

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

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—Elon Musk

“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.”

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—Elon Musk

“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.”

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—Elon Musk

“Persistence is very important. You should not give up unless you are forced to give up.”

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—Elon Musk

“Pronouns suck.”

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—Elon Musk

“Science is discovering the essential truths about what exists in the Universe, engineering is about creating things that never existed”

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—Elon Musk

“Some people don't like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster.”

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—Elon Musk

“Talent is extremely important. It’s like a sports team, the team that has the best individual player will often win but then there’s a multiplier from how those players work together and the strategy they employ.”

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—Elon Musk

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

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—Elon Musk

“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.”

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—Elon Musk

“The only thing that makes sense to do is strive for greater collective enlightenment.”

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—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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—Elon Musk

“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?”

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—Elon Musk

“There’s a tremendous bias against taking risks. Everyone is trying to optimize their ass-covering.”

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—Elon Musk

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

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—Elon Musk

“When I was a child, there's one thing I said: 'I never want to be alone.' That's what I would say.”

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—Elon Musk

“When I was a little kid, I was really scared of the dark. But then I came to understand, dark just means the absence of photons in the visible wavelength--400 to 700 nanometers. Then I thought, well, it's really silly to be afraid of a lack of photons. Then I wasn't afraid of the dark anymore after that.”

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—Elon Musk

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

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—Elon Musk

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

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—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.”

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—Elon Musk

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

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—Elon Musk