50 Inspiring Elon Musk Quotes

As a very successful entrepreneur and innovator, there is so much that we all can learn from Elon Musk and that explains why he has amassed a huge following on Twitter. He usually takes to his Twitter to post inspirations, ideas, and advice for his followers. In this post, we’ll take a look at 50 of his quotes.

Inspiring Elon Musk Quotes

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

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

Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough. Elon Musk quotes

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

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

Elon Musk

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

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

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

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

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

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. Elon Musk quotes

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

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“I say something, and then it usually happens. Maybe not on schedule, but it usually happens.”

It is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary

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It is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary

My biggest mistake is probably weighing too much on someone’s talent and not someone’s personality. I think it matters whether someone has a good heart Elon Musk quotes

Elon Musk

My biggest mistake is probably weighing too much on someone’s talent and not someone’s personality. I think it matters whether someone has a good heart

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

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

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

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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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.

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

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

Work like hell. I mean you just have to put in 80-to-100-hour weeks every week. If other people are putting in 40-hour workweeks and you’re putting in 100 hour workweeks, then even if you’re doing the same thing, you know that you will achieve in four months what it takes them a year to achieve.

Elon Musk

Work like hell. I mean you just have to put in 80-to-100-hour weeks every week. If other people are putting in 40-hour workweeks and you’re putting in 100 hour workweeks, then even if you’re doing the same thing, you know that you will achieve in four months what it takes them a year to achieve.

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

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

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

Starting and growing a business is as much about the innovation, drive, and determination of the people behind it as the product they sell

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Starting and growing a business is as much about the innovation, drive, and determination of the people behind it as the product they sell

If you need inspiration, don't do it

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If you need inspiration, don’t do it

We’re going to make it happen. As God is my bloody witness, I’m hell-bent on making it work.

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We’re going to make it happen. As God is my bloody witness, I’m hell-bent on making it work.

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

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

Any product that needs a manual to work is broken

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Any product that needs a manual to work is broken

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

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

“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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“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.

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

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

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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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

Constantly think about how you could be doing things better.

Elon Musk

Constantly think about how you could be doing things better.

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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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.

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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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.

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

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

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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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.

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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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.

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."

Elon Musk

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.”

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Life is too short for long-term grudges.

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Life is too short for long-term grudges.

I'd rather be optimistic and wrong than pessimistic and right

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

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

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

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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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.

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

Elon Musk

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

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

Elon Musk

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

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

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

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

Elon Musk

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

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

Elon Musk

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

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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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.

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

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

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