Content Updated On : 2022-01-24

If I'm not in love, if I'm not with a long-term companion, I cannot be happy.

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

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

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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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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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In the case of Apple, they did originally do production internally, but then along came unbelievably good outsourced manufacturing from companies like Foxconn. We don't have that in the rocket business. There's no Foxconn in the rocket business.

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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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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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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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There have only been about a half dozen genuinely important events in the four-billion-year saga of life on Earth: single-celled life, multicelled life, differentiation into plants and animals, movement of animals from water to land, and the advent of mammals and consciousness.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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We are the first species capable of self-annihilation.

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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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