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

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

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

I don't create companies for the sake of creating companies, but to get things done.

We need to be super careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes.

You should be innovating so fast that you're invalidating your prior patents.

The extension of life beyond Earth is the most important thing we can do as a species.

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

The key test for an acronym is to ask whether it helps or hurts communication.

Humans need to be a multiplanet species.

As a child I would just question things.

Patience is a virtue, and I'm learning patience. It's a tough lesson.

For my part, I will never give up, and I mean never.

You shouldn't do things differently just because they're different. They need to be... better.

Optimism, pessimism, f**k that; we're going to make it happen. As God is my bloody witness, I'm hell-bent on making it work.

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

My mentality is that of a samurai. I would rather commit seppuku than fail.

Most people can learn a lot more than they think they can. They sell themselves short without trying.

Life is too short for long-term grudges.

I could either watch it happen or be a part of it.

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

Constantly seek criticism. A well thought out critique of what you're doing is as valuable as gold.

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

For me it was never about money, but solving problems for the future of humanity.

Engineering is the closest thing to magic that exists in the world.

When you struggle with a problem, that's when you understand it.

Many things are improbable, only a few are impossible.

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

We knew it could be done. It was a question of how hard it would be and how long it would take us to sort it out.

Any product that needs a manual to work is broken.

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

If you need inspiration, don’t do it.

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

I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you can do things better and question yourself.

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

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.

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

You want to have a future where you’re expecting things to be better, not one where you’re expecting things to be worse.

I think life on earth must be about more than just solving problems. It’s got to be inspiring, even if it is vicarious.

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

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

You have to be pretty driven to make it happen. Otherwise, you will just make yourself miserable.

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

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 out.

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

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

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.

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

Trying to build a company is like baking a cake, you have to have all the ingredients in the right proportion.

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

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

I would just question things… It would infuriate my parents… That I wouldn’t just believe them when they said something ’cause I’d ask them why. And then I’d consider whether that response made sense given everything else I knew.

There’s a tremendous bias against taking risks. Everyone is trying to optimize their *ss-covering.

I’m a Silicon Valley guy. I just think people from Silicon Valley can do anything.

Patience is virtue, and I’m learning patience. It’s a tough lesson.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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