Im not a paranoid deranged millionaire. Goddamit, Im a billionaire.
I intend to be the greatest golfer in the world, the finest film producer in Hollywood, the greatest pilot in the world, and the richest man in the world.
Play off everyone against each other so that you have more avenues of action open to you.
I want to be remembered for only one thing my contribution to aviation.
Never make a decision. Let someone else make it and then if it turns out to be the wrong one, you can disclaim it, and if it is the right one you can abide by it.
Once you consent to some concession, you can never cancel it and put things back the way they are.
The trouble with my life is that I do not think I am cut out to sit behind a desk.
I defy anyone today to design an airplane substantially more efficient than this one for its purpose.
We were working in a complete vacuum as to information based upon prior performance and prior design.
If I have made a mistake in the design, then Im the one who should pay for it. I certainly would not ask somebody else to fly a plane if I were afraid to do it myself.
I know what youre going to tell me. Youre going to tell me, probably, that you know someone who has cancer or someone who just got married or just had a baby, and that you cant do that to those people a corporation has no soul. I cant know about those things and be a corporation.
Every man has his price, or a guy like me couldn't exist.