Quotes by Bill Gates
Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.
If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good.
The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.
We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don’t let yourself be lulled into inaction.
The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.
Software is a great combination between artistry and engineering.
Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
Capital is your main base of competition. Your leading indicator of where you’re going to be 20 years from now is how well you’re doing in your education system.
The advance of technology is based on making it fit in so that you don’t really even notice it, so it’s part of everyday life.
Discrimination has a lot of layers that make it tough for minorities to get a leg up.
As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.
Drones overall will be more impactful than I think people recognize, in positive ways to help society.
I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot.
Everyone needs a coach. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a basketball player, a tennis player, a gymnast or a bridge player.
Climate change is a terrible problem, and it absolutely needs to be solved. It deserves to be a huge priority.
If you go back to 1800, everybody was poor. I mean everybody. The Industrial Revolution kicked in, and a lot of countries benefited, but by no means everyone.
I never took a day off in my twenties. Not one. And I’m still fanatical, but now I’m a little less fanatical.
Treatment without prevention is simply unsustainable.
The worst pandemic in modern history was the Spanish flu of1918, which killed tens of millions of people. Today, with how interconnected the world is, it would spread faster.
Historically, privacy was almost implicit, because it was hard to find and gather information. But in the digital world, whether it’s digital cameras or satellites or just what you click on, we need to have more explicit rules – not just for governments but for private companies.
Microsoft is not about greed. It’s about innovation and fairness.
Capitalism has worked very well. Anyone who wants to move to North Korea is welcome.
Globalization has made copper and other minerals more valuable, and Ghana and Kenya have recently discovered mineral resources.
Nuclear energy, in terms of an overall safety record, is better than other energy.
We make the future sustainable when we invest in the poor, not when we insist on their suffering.
Legacy is a stupid thing! I don’t want a legacy.
Exposure from a young age to the realities of the world is a super-big thing.
Whether it’s Google or Apple or free software, we’ve got some fantastic competitors and it keeps us on our toes.
I have been struck again and again by how important measurement is to improving the human condition.
There are people who don’t like capitalism, and people who don’t like PCs. But there’s no-one who likes the PC who doesn’t like Microsoft.
This is a fantastic time to be entering the business world, because business is going to change more in the next 10years than it has in the last 50.
When Paul Allen and I started Microsoft over 30 years ago, we had big dreams about software. We had dreams about the impact it could have.
Headlines, in a way, are what mislead you because bad news is a headline, and gradual improvement is not.
Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.
We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.
Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don’t think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other.
I’m a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they’re interested in.
I believe in innovation and that the way you get innovation is you fund research and you learn the basic facts.
I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will be moved to act.
The future of advertising is the Internet.
By improving health, empowering women, population growth comes down.
I’m never fully satisfied with any Microsoft product.
Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There’s a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.
I don’t like typing messages on my phone. Some people get used to it.
I’ve been very lucky, and therefore I owe it to try and reduce the inequity in the world. And that’s kind of a religious belief. I mean, it’s at least amoral belief.
It’s a nice reader, but there’s nothing on the iPad I look at and say, ‘Oh, I wish Microsoft had done it.’
In ninth grade, I came up with a new form of rebellion. I hadn’t been getting good grades, but I decided to get all A’s without taking a book home. I didn’t go to math class, because I knew enough and had read ahead, and I placed within the top 10people in the nation on an aptitude exam.
Being flooded with information doesn’t mean we have the right information or that we’re in touch with the right people.
Paper is no longer a big part of my day. I get 90% of my news online, and when I go to a meeting and want to jot things down, I bring my Tablet PC. It’s fully synchronized with my office machine, so I have all the files I need. It also has a note-taking piece of software called OneNote, so all my notes are in digital form.
I’ve always been interested in science – one of my favourite books is James Watson’s’ Molecular Biology of the Gene.’
Steve Jobs’ ability to focus in on a few things that count, get people who get user interface right, and market things as revolutionary are amazing things.
Some people, through luck and skill, end up with a lot of assets. If you’re good at kicking a ball, writing software, investing in stocks, it pays extremely well.
Digital technology has several features that can make it much easier for teachers to pay special attention to all their students.
Living on $6 a day means you have a refrigerator, a TV, a cellphone, your children can go to school. That’s not possible on$1 a day.
Two out of every five people on Earth today owe their lives to the higher crop outputs that fertilizer has made possible.
Software innovation, like almost every other kind of innovation, requires the ability to collaborate and share ideas with other people, and to sit down and talk with customers and get their feedback and understand their needs.
It’s possible – you can never know – that the universe exists only for me. If so, it’s sure going well for me, I must admit.
Like my friend Warren Buffett, I feel particularly lucky to do something every day that I love to do. He calls it ‘tap-dancing to work.’
For Africa to move forward, you’ve really got to get rid of malaria.
If your culture doesn’t like geeks, you are in real trouble.
Connectivity enables transparency for better government, education, and health.
The intersection of law, politics, and technology is going to force a lot of good thinking.
When I was growing up, my parents were almost involved in various volunteer things. My dad was head of Planned Parenthood. And it was very controversial to be involved with that.
At Microsoft there are lots of brilliant ideas but the image is that they all come from the top -I’m afraid that’s not quite right.
Effective philanthropy requires a lot of time and creativity – the same kind of focus and skills that building a business requires.
We are not even close to finishing the basic dream of what the PC can be.
To create a new standard, it takes something that’s not just a little bit different; it takes something that’s really new and really captures people’s imagination, and the Macintosh, of all the machines I’ve ever seen, is the only one that meets that standard.
The outside perception and inside perception of Microsoft are so different. The view of Microsoft inside Microsoft is always kind of an underdog thing.
We’ve got to put a lot of money into changing behavior.
I have seen firsthand that agricultural science has enormous potential to increase the yields of small farmers and lift them out of hunger and poverty.
People everywhere love Windows.
Innovation is moving at a scarily fast pace.
The belief that the world is getting worse, that we can’t solve extreme poverty and disease, isn’t just mistaken. It is harmful.
The moral systems of religion, I think, are super important.
Certainly there’s a phenomenon around open source. You know free software will be a vibrant area. There will be a lot of neat things that get done there.
Until we’re educating every kid in a fantastic way, until every inner city is cleaned up, there is no shortage of things to do.
In poor countries, we still need better ways to measure the effectiveness of the many government workers providing health services. They are the crucial link bringing tools such as vaccines and education to the people who need them most. How well trained are they? Are they showing up to work?
Innovations that are guided by smallholder farmers, adapted to local circumstances, and sustainable for the economy and environment will be necessary to ensure food security in the future.
On my desk I have three screens, synchronized to form a single desktop. I can drag items from one screen to the next. Once you have that large display area, you’ll never go back, because it has a direct impact on productivity.
The malaria parasite has been killing children and sapping the strength of whole populations for tens of thousands of years. It is impossible to calculate the harm malaria has done to the world.
Unfortunately, the highly curious student is a small percentage of the kids.
We are in the throes of a transition where every publication has to think of their digital strategy.
This whole phenomenon of the computer in a library is an amazing thing.
Technology is unlocking the innate compassion we have for our fellow human beings.
There’s no magic line between an application and an operating system that some bureaucrat in Washington should draw.
Whether I’m at the office, at home, or on the road, I always have a stack of books I’m looking forward to reading.
When you want to do your homework, fill out your tax return, or see all the choices fora trip you want to take, you need a full-size screen.
Expectations are a form of first-class truth: If people believe it, it’s true.
We should all grow our own food and do our own waste processing, we really should.
The general idea of the rich helping the poor, I think, is important.
I went to a public school through sixth grade, and being good at tests wasn’t cool.
What’s amazing is, if young people understood how doing well in school makes the rest of their life so much interesting, they would be more motivated. It’s so far away in time that they can’t appreciate what it means for their whole life.
If I’d had some set idea of a finish line, don’t you think I would have crossed it years ago?
Some very poor countries run great vaccination systems, and some richer ones run terrible programs.
I read a lot of obscure book sand it is nice to open a book.
Understanding science and pushing the boundaries of science is what makes me immensely satisfied.
When you revolutionize education, you’re taking the very mechanism of how people be smarter and do new things, and you’re priming the pump for so many incredible things.
My mom and my dad were both very sociable, meeting lots of interesting people.
Flying cars are not a very efficient way to move things from one point to another.
The truth of Moore’s law has made remarkable things possible. On the software side, I think natural user interfaces in all their forms are equally significant.
I am results-oriented.
Corruption is one of the most common reasons I hear in views that criticize aid.
Polio’s pretty special because once you get an eradication, you no longer have to spend money on it; it’s just there as a gift for the rest of time.
This social-networking thing takes you to crazy places.
Newspaper readership is still growing in India.
I’m certainly well taken care of in terms of food and clothes.
The mainstream is always under attack.
In almost every job now, people use software and work with information to enable their organization to operate more effectively.
If all my bridge coach ever told me was that I was ‘satisfactory, ‘I would have no hope of ever getting better. How would I know who was the best? How would I know what I was doing differently?
Netscape was able to get the government working on its behalf.
Measles will always show you if someone isn’t doing a good job on vaccinations. Kids will start dying of measles.
In energy, you have to plan and do research way in advance, sometimes decades in advance to get a new system that’s safer, doesn’t require us to go around the world to get all our oil.
Well, I don’t think there’s any need for people to focus on my career.
Well private money can take risks in a way that government money often isn’t willing to.
Music, even with these dial-up connections you have to the Internet, is very practical to download.
I do the dishes every night -other people volunteer, but I like the way I do it.
The microprocessor is a miracle.
Now, we put out a lot of carbondioxide every year, over 26billion tons. For each American, it’s about 20 tons. For people in poor countries, it’s less than one ton. It’s an average of about five tons for everyone on the planet. And, somehow, we have to make changes that will bring that down to zero.
I’m not big on to-do lists. Instead, I use e-mail and desktop folders and my online calendar. So when I walk up to my desk, I can focus on the e-mails I’ve flagged and check the folders that are monitoring particular projects and particular blogs.
I was a kind of hyper-intense person in my twenties and very impatient.
The next time someone tells you we can trim the budget by cutting aid, I hope you will ask whether it will come at the cost of more people dying.
Any version of Windows is going to have lots of great new things that people use and things that are tough.
Should surveillance be usable for petty crimes like jaywalking or minor drug possession? Or is there a higher threshold for certain information? Those aren’t easy questions.
Driving up the value of the advertising is a big commitment for Microsoft.
In a budget, how important is art versus music versus athletics versus computer programming? At the end of the day, some of those trade-offs will be made politically.
I meet people overseas that know five languages – that the only language I’m comfortable in is English.
I understand how every healthy child, every new road, puts a country on a better path, but instability and war will arise from time to time, and I’m not an expert on how you get out of those things.
No one person controls Microsoft. The board and the shareholders decide whether they want to have me as CEO.
We have to find a way to make the aspects of capitalism that serve wealthier people serve poorer people as well.
Digital reading will completely take over. It’s lightweight and it’s fantastic for sharing. Overtime it will take over.
Innovation is a good thing. The human condition – put aside bioterrorism and a few footnotes – is improving because of innovation.
The most amazing philanthropists are people who are actually making a significant sacrifice.
DOS is ugly and interferes with users’ experience.