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Elon Musk's totally normal and not insane quotes: Volume I

"Wise" words from the gift that keeps giving.

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“If there was a way that I could not eat, so I could work more, I would not eat. I wish there was a way to get nutrients without sitting down for a meal.”

Musk on eating

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“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 10 — how much time does a woman want a week? Maybe 10 hours? That’s kind of the minimum? I don’t know.”

Musk on dating

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

Musk, on his work ethic

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“I think if you’re going to choose a place to die, then Mars is probably not a bad choice.”

Musk, on dying in space

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“The fast way is to drop thermonuclear weapons over the poles.”

Musk on nuking Mars to make it hospitable for humans

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“I’d seen him before, but did worry that maybe he could have an off day. Still, I thought, he would maybe hit one gonad but not both.”

Musk on letting a knife thrower toss knives at him at one of his birthday bashes

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“The form of government of Mars would be a direct democracy, not representative. So it would be people voting directly on issues. And I think that’s probably better because the potential for democracy is substantially diminished.”

Musk on his vision for a Martian government

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“No, I think that would be up to the individual’s insurance. Point of views on autonomous cars are much like being stuck in an elevator in a building. Does the Otis [the elevator manufacturer] take responsibility for all elevators around the world? No, they don’t.”

Musk on Tesla not accepting liability for autonomous vehicular crashes

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“Arguably we should hope that that’s true, because otherwise if civilization stops advancing, that may be due to some calamitous event that erases civilization. So maybe we should be hopeful that this is a simulation, because otherwise ... We are either going to create simulations indistinguishable from reality or civilization ceases to exist.”

Musk on how living in a simulation would be a good thing

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