The 20 Best Tony Stark Quotes to Live By

"It's not enough to be against something. You have to be for something better." and 19 other quotes from Iron Man himself.

Here are the 20 best quotes from genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist Tony Stark that we should all live by.

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On the priceless things in life.

"No amount of money ever bought a second of time."

On conquering challenges.

"Sometimes you gotta run before you can walk."

On the uncertainties of life.

"Everybody wants a happy ending. But it doesn't always roll that way."

On doing good.

"I had my eyes opened. I came to realize that I had more to offer this world than just making things that blow up."

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On carving your own path.

"Is it better to be feared or respected? I say, is it too much to ask for both?"

On his drink of choice.

"Give me a scotch. I'm starving."

On finding your inner hero.

"If you’re nothing without this suit then you shouldn't have it."


On limitations.

"If we can't accept limitations we’re no better than the bad guys."

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On staying true.

"I shouldn't be alive, unless it was for a reason. I'm not crazy, Pepper. I just finally know what I have to do. And I know in my heart that it's right."

On doing your own thing.

"Following is not really my style."

On inevitability.

"Part of the journey is the end."

On love.

"When I drift off, I will dream about you. It’s always you."

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On fighting for what's right.

"It's not enough to be against something. You have to be for something better."

On knowing when to take a break.

"I'm Tony Stark. I build neat stuff, got a great girl, occasionally save the world. So, why can't I sleep?"

On being a hero.

"Heroes are made by the paths they choose, not the powers they are graced with.

On being Iron Man, specifically.

"You can take away my house, all my tricks, and toys. One thing you can’t take away… I am Iron Man."

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On peace.

"I just want peace. Resentment erodes and I hate it."

On knowing who you are.

"Genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist."

On being meta.

"A famous man once said, 'we create our own demons.' Who said that? What does it even mean? It doesn't matter; I said it because he said it, so now he was famous and then basically getting said by two well-known guys."


On finishing what you started.

"It's not about how much we lost, it's about how much we have left. We're the Avengers. We gotta finish this."

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