Ever since 2008, Tony Stark has been at the center of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With his wit, courage, and master engineering skills, the character played by Robert Downey Jr. has won the hearts of millions all around the world.

Stan Lee had his share of fun while creating Iron Man, back in 1963. He thought of a smart-ass American business magnate, a weapons manufacturer – the kind of character that nobody would like. Yet, he managed to turn Tony Stark into one of the greatest and most likable superheroes.

You’ve got to admire the confidence of a man who can take off of his superhero mask and still think of himself as a “genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist.” It might sound arrogant, but it doesn’t make it any less true.

He’s human, wasn’t bit by a spider nor exposed to heavy doses of gamma radiation, but he’s still one of the strongest Avengers. Stark used his brain and his two hands to build technology that allowed him to face some of Marvel’s top villains. Money helped too…

Here are 21 Tony Stark quotes that are both inspiring and funny.

Everybody wants a happy ending, right? But it doesn’t always roll that way.

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

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

Sometimes you gotta run before you can walk.

My bond is with the people, and I will serve this great nation at the pleasure of myself. If there’s one thing I’ve proven it’s that you can count on me to pleasure myself.

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

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

An intelligence agency that fears intelligence? Historically, not awesome.

Because if we can’t protect the world, you can be damn well sure we’ll avenge it.

Following’s not really my style.

I’m sorry, Earth is closed today. You better pack it up and get outta here.

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

What is the point of owning a race car if you can’t drive it?

Contrary to popular belief, I know exactly what I’m doing.

Part of the journey is the end. When I drift off, I will dream about you. It’s always you.

A famous man once said, ‘we create our own demons’.

Give me a break! I’m doing what has to be done. To stave off something worse.

Avengers, time to work for a living.

I build neat stuff, got a great girl, occasionally save the world. So why can’t i sleep?

What am I even tripping for? Everything is going to work out perfectly, the way it’s supposed to.

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