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Quotes by Bill Gates

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Wikipedia Summary for Bill Gates

William Henry Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate, software developer, investor, author, and philanthropist. He is the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), president and chief software architect, while also being the largest individual shareholder until May 2014. He is considered one of the best known entrepreneurs of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s.

Gates was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. In 1975, he co-founded Microsoft with childhood friend Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It became the world's largest personal computer software company. Gates led the company as chairman and CEO until stepping down as CEO in January 2000, succeeded by Steve Ballmer, but he remained chairman of the board of directors and became chief software architect. During the late 1990s, he had been criticized for his business tactics, which have been considered anti-competitive. This opinion has been upheld by numerous court rulings.

In June 2008, Gates transitioned to a part-time role at Microsoft and full-time work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the private charitable foundation he and his wife, Melinda Gates, established in 2000. He stepped down as chairman of the board of Microsoft in February 2014 and assumed a new post as technology adviser to support the newly appointed CEO Satya Nadella. In March 2020, Gates left his board positions at Microsoft and Berkshire Hathaway to focus on his philanthropic efforts including climate change, global health and development, and education.

Since 1987, Bill Gates has been included in the Forbes list of the world's wealthiest people. From 1995 to 2017, he held the Forbes title of the richest person in the world every year except from 2010 to 2013. In October 2017, he was surpassed by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, who had an estimated net worth of US$90.6 billion compared to Gates's net worth of US$89.9 billion at the time. As of May 2021, Gates had an estimated net worth of US$144 billion, making him the fourth-richest person in the world.

Later in his career and since leaving day-to-day operations at Microsoft in 2008, Gates has pursued many business and philanthropic endeavors. He is the founder and chairman of several companies, including BEN, Cascade Investment, bgC3, and TerraPower. He has given sizable amounts of money to various charitable organizations and scientific research programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, reported to be the world's largest private charity. Through the foundation, he led an early 21st century vaccination campaign which significantly contributed to the eradication of the wild poliovirus in Africa. In 2010, Gates and Warren Buffett founded The Giving Pledge, whereby they and other billionaires pledge to give at least half of their wealth to philanthropy.

Quote: As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of high-angle photography of mountain at sunset
Photo Credit: Casey Horner

As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.


Quote: Vaccination is one of the easiest things on the way to development. It's much easier than roads and a great education system. It's very basic. It's one of the first things you want to get right. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of mountains under orange kies
Photo Credit: J A N U P R A S A D

Vaccination is one of the easiest things on the way to development. It's much easier than roads and a great education system. It's very basic. It's one of the first things you want to get right.


Quote: Scientists and companies weren't creating things like new vaccines. Now that we have this fund that's there to buy at the lowest price, but buy for those people these medicines, we see scientists everywhere coming up with those new tools. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of blue starry night
Photo Credit: Mark Basarab

Scientists and companies weren't creating things like new vaccines. Now that we have this fund that's there to buy at the lowest price, but buy for those people these medicines, we see scientists everywhere coming up with those new tools.




Quote: Software is the magic thing whose importance only goes up over time. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of black and white striped textile
Photo Credit: Mitchell Luo

Software is the magic thing whose importance only goes up over time.


Quote: The best way to prepare to be a programmer is to write programs, and to study great programs that other people have written. In my case, I went to the garbage cans at the Computer Science Center and I fished out listings of their operating systems. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

The best way to prepare to be a programmer is to write programs, and to study great programs that other people have written. In my case, I went to the garbage cans at the Computer Science Center and I fished out listings of their operating systems.


Quote: Life is a lot more fun if you treat its challenges in creative ways. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand
Photo Credit: Fadi Xd

Life is a lot more fun if you treat its challenges in creative ways.


Quote: Some very poor countries run great vaccination systems, and some richer ones run terrible programs. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of green palm plant
Photo Credit: Mitchell Luo

Some very poor countries run great vaccination systems, and some richer ones run terrible programs.


Quote: Software is a great combination between artistry and engineering. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of black and white striped textile
Photo Credit: Mitchell Luo

Software is a great combination between artistry and engineering.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Software is a great combination between artistry and engineering. When you finally get done and get to appreciate what you have done it is like a part of yourself that you've put together. I think a lot of the people here feel that way.


Quote: Business is a good game. Lots of competition and a minimum of rules. You keep score with money. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Business is a good game. Lots of competition and a minimum of rules. You keep score with money.


Quote: Nuclear is ideal for dealing with climate change, because it is the only carbon-free, scalable energy source that's available 24 hours a day. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Nuclear is ideal for dealing with climate change, because it is the only carbon-free, scalable energy source that's available 24 hours a day.


Quote: The vision is really about empowering workers, giving them all the information about what's going on so they can do a lot more than they've done in the past. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

The vision is really about empowering workers, giving them all the information about what's going on so they can do a lot more than they've done in the past.


Quote: I have learned more in the streets than in any classroom. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

I have learned more in the streets than in any classroom.


Quote: A bad strategy will fail no matter how good your information is and lame execution will stymie a good strategy. If you do enough things poorly, you will go out of business. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

A bad strategy will fail no matter how good your information is and lame execution will stymie a good strategy. If you do enough things poorly, you will go out of business.


Quote: It's the knowledge derived from information that gives you a competitive edge. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

It's the knowledge derived from information that gives you a competitive edge.


Quote: I'm in the same traffic as everybody else. I'm in the same airplane delay as everybody else. I sit in the same coach seat as everybody else. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

I'm in the same traffic as everybody else. I'm in the same airplane delay as everybody else. I sit in the same coach seat as everybody else.


Quote: The impact of improving health is that the population growth goes down, and so you can educate more kids, feed more kids. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

The impact of improving health is that the population growth goes down, and so you can educate more kids, feed more kids.


Quote: It is hard to smash a computer when you're laughing. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

It is hard to smash a computer when you're laughing.


Quote: When you swing for the fences, you're putting every ounce of strength into hitting the ball as far as possible. You know that your bat might miss the ball entirely--but that if you succeed in making contact, the rewards can be huge. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

When you swing for the fences, you're putting every ounce of strength into hitting the ball as far as possible. You know that your bat might miss the ball entirely--but that if you succeed in making contact, the rewards can be huge.


Quote: I do the dishes every night -- other people volunteer, but I like the way I do it. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

I do the dishes every night -- other people volunteer, but I like the way I do it.


Quote: I definitely think leaving kids massive amounts of money is not a favor to them. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

I definitely think leaving kids massive amounts of money is not a favor to them.


Quote: Microsoft has long hired based on IQ and intellectual bandwidth. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Microsoft has long hired based on IQ and intellectual bandwidth.


Quote: Banking is necessary -- banks are not. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Banking is necessary -- banks are not.


Quote: The barrier to change is not too little caring; it is too much complexity. To turn caring into action, we need to see a problem, see a solution, and see the impact. But complexity blocks all three steps. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of solid background
Photo Credit: César Couto

The barrier to change is not too little caring; it is too much complexity. To turn caring into action, we need to see a problem, see a solution, and see the impact. But complexity blocks all three steps.


Quote: I set a rule that people weren't allowed to send good news unless they sent around an equal amount of bad news. We had to get a balanced picture. In fact, I kind of favored just hearing about the accounts we were losing because ... bad news is generally more actionable than good news. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of Bill Gates quote: I set a rule that people weren't allowed to send good news unless they sent around an equal amount of bad news. We had to get a balanced picture. In fact, I kind of favored just hearing about the accounts we were losing because ... bad news is generally more actionable than good news.- black text on quotes background

I set a rule that people weren't allowed to send good news unless they sent around an equal amount of bad news. We had to get a balanced picture. In fact, I kind of favored just hearing about the accounts we were losing because ... bad news is generally more actionable than good news.




Quote: There was a magical breakthrough when the computer became cheap and we could see that everyone could afford a computer. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

There was a magical breakthrough when the computer became cheap and we could see that everyone could afford a computer.


Quote: Now you have to be a collaborator and you have to bring on governments and convince people. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Now you have to be a collaborator and you have to bring on governments and convince people.


Quote: We'll have infinite bandwidth in a decade's time. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

We'll have infinite bandwidth in a decade's time.


Quote: Energy is actually harder; it takes more time to get a product, but if you do it's a very, very big market and the constraints of doing that in a clean way are more obvious all the time. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Energy is actually harder; it takes more time to get a product, but if you do it's a very, very big market and the constraints of doing that in a clean way are more obvious all the time.


Quote: The flatter the corporate hierarchy, the more likely it is that employees will communicate bad news and act upon it. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

The flatter the corporate hierarchy, the more likely it is that employees will communicate bad news and act upon it.


Quote: The CEO's role in raising a company's corporate IQ is to establish an atmosphere that promotes knowledge sharing and collaboration. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

The CEO's role in raising a company's corporate IQ is to establish an atmosphere that promotes knowledge sharing and collaboration.


Quote: American dependence on oil has only gone up as we've gone through various crises and not invested in RandD. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

American dependence on oil has only gone up as we've gone through various crises and not invested in RandD.


Quote: The vision is that people should have the ultimate in convenience. Being able to get the things they care about on the appropriate device. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

The vision is that people should have the ultimate in convenience. Being able to get the things they care about on the appropriate device.


Quote: The most important people is to pick people who like to write software and who are good at... good developers like working with each other. And they... they reinforce each other's skills. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

The most important people is to pick people who like to write software and who are good at... good developers like working with each other. And they... they reinforce each other's skills.


Quote: The answer is simple, and harsh. The market did not reward saving the lives of these children, and governments did not subsidize it. So the children died because their mothers and their fathers had no power in the market and no voice in the system. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

The answer is simple, and harsh. The market did not reward saving the lives of these children, and governments did not subsidize it. So the children died because their mothers and their fathers had no power in the market and no voice in the system.




Quote: Microsoft looks at new ideas, they don't evaluate whether the idea will move the industry forward, they ask, 'how will it help us sell more copies of Windows? by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Microsoft looks at new ideas, they don't evaluate whether the idea will move the industry forward, they ask, 'how will it help us sell more copies of Windows?


Quote: Bill Gates' Success Factors for Microsoft 1. Long-term Approach 2. Passion for Products and Technology 3. Teamwork 4. Results 5. Customer Feedback 6. Individual Excellence. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Bill Gates' Success Factors for Microsoft 1. Long-term Approach 2. Passion for Products and Technology 3. Teamwork 4. Results 5. Customer Feedback 6. Individual Excellence.


Quote: This antitrust thing will blow over. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

This antitrust thing will blow over.


Quote: I believe that every life is valuable. That we can make things better. That innovation is the key to a bright future. That we're just getting started. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

I believe that every life is valuable. That we can make things better. That innovation is the key to a bright future. That we're just getting started.


Quote: When you write a piece of software you assume a certain type of hardware. If you assume hardware that's too powerful then you can't sell many copies cause very few people have that machine. If you assume hardware that's too simple your product can't do as much. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

When you write a piece of software you assume a certain type of hardware. If you assume hardware that's too powerful then you can't sell many copies cause very few people have that machine. If you assume hardware that's too simple your product can't do as much.


Quote: The most important thing was the creation of a... a standard, where hundreds of companies build hardware that can all run the same software. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

The most important thing was the creation of a... a standard, where hundreds of companies build hardware that can all run the same software.


Quote: Of all the statistics in health, death is the easiest, because you can go out and ask people, Hey, have you had any children who died, did your siblings have any children who died? People don't forget that. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of brown wooden surface
Photo Credit: Jon Moore

Of all the statistics in health, death is the easiest, because you can go out and ask people, Hey, have you had any children who died, did your siblings have any children who died? People don't forget that.


Quote: Microsoft has had clear competitors in the past. It's a good thing we have museums to document that. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Microsoft has had clear competitors in the past. It's a good thing we have museums to document that.


Quote: People who feared IBM were wrong, ... Technology is ever-changing. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

People who feared IBM were wrong, ... Technology is ever-changing.


Quote: It's been proven that of all the interventions to reduce poverty, improving agricultural productivity is the best. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

It's been proven that of all the interventions to reduce poverty, improving agricultural productivity is the best.


Quote: The inventory, the value of my company, walks out the door every evening. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

The inventory, the value of my company, walks out the door every evening.




Quote: You know, I'm a big believer in touch and digital reading, but I still think that some mixture of voice, the pen and a real keyboard -- in other words a netbook -- will be the mainstream on that. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

You know, I'm a big believer in touch and digital reading, but I still think that some mixture of voice, the pen and a real keyboard -- in other words a netbook -- will be the mainstream on that.




Quote: In three years, every product my company makes will be obsolete. The only question is whether we will make them obsolete or somebody else will. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

In three years, every product my company makes will be obsolete. The only question is whether we will make them obsolete or somebody else will.




Quote: Convert bad news to good news. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Convert bad news to good news.


Quote: Today, we take the risk of nuclear war quite seriously, climate change not so much and epidemics least of all. But no single country, not even the United States, is well prepared. And even if one country is doing the right things to protect itself, it has to be a global thing. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of Bill Gates quote; white text on black background

Today, we take the risk of nuclear war quite seriously, climate change not so much and epidemics least of all. But no single country, not even the United States, is well prepared. And even if one country is doing the right things to protect itself, it has to be a global thing.


Quote: Rules broken today become norms tomorrow. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Rules broken today become norms tomorrow.


Quote: You might say, well, aren't people saying that about wind and solar today? Not really. Only in the super-narrow sense that the capital costs per output, when the wind is blowing, is slightly lower. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

You might say, well, aren't people saying that about wind and solar today? Not really. Only in the super-narrow sense that the capital costs per output, when the wind is blowing, is slightly lower.


Quote: If you rely too much on the people in other countries and other companies, in a sense that's your brain and you are outsourcing your brain. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

If you rely too much on the people in other countries and other companies, in a sense that's your brain and you are outsourcing your brain.


Quote: With polio, we've gone several years with no polio in all of Africa, but now with this we're having to go and mop up in that whole region, so it's a bit of a setback for polio. So in parallel we have to go back and get rid of those cases. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

With polio, we've gone several years with no polio in all of Africa, but now with this we're having to go and mop up in that whole region, so it's a bit of a setback for polio. So in parallel we have to go back and get rid of those cases.


Quote: If I was down to the last dollar of my marketing budget I'd spend it on PR! by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

If I was down to the last dollar of my marketing budget I'd spend it on PR!


Quote: In software you can't really add people and expect to get more done, because their ability to understand the program and what's going on it would require so much investment and all their work would require so much review that you'd be more likely to slow things down. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of Bill Gates quote; white text on black background

In software you can't really add people and expect to get more done, because their ability to understand the program and what's going on it would require so much investment and all their work would require so much review that you'd be more likely to slow things down.


Quote: This is not about trade, no one is a stronger supporter of capitalism and trade than I am. This is about sovereignty and whether a country has the right to set its own public health policies. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

This is not about trade, no one is a stronger supporter of capitalism and trade than I am. This is about sovereignty and whether a country has the right to set its own public health policies.


Quote: Software was changing so fast, so unbelievable, that that got very quick adoption. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Software was changing so fast, so unbelievable, that that got very quick adoption.


Quote: When you program, you want to think you're writing the best possible program for the... for the task you're trying to solve. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

When you program, you want to think you're writing the best possible program for the... for the task you're trying to solve.


Quote: Well the Global Fund, because of how well it's worked on not only AIDS, but also malaria and tuberculosis, I'd say it's well accepted. I mean, it's not politically controversial that this is a great humanitarian effort. But budgets are very very tight. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Well the Global Fund, because of how well it's worked on not only AIDS, but also malaria and tuberculosis, I'd say it's well accepted. I mean, it's not politically controversial that this is a great humanitarian effort. But budgets are very very tight.


Quote: It's pretty amazing to go from a world where computers were unheard of and very complex to where they're a tool of everyday life. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

It's pretty amazing to go from a world where computers were unheard of and very complex to where they're a tool of everyday life.


Quote: (On being the world's richest man) I wish I wasn't ... There's nothing good that comes out of that. You get more visibility as a result of it. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

(On being the world's richest man) I wish I wasn't ... There's nothing good that comes out of that. You get more visibility as a result of it.


Quote: How you gather, manage, and use information will determine whether you win or lose. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

How you gather, manage, and use information will determine whether you win or lose.


Quote: If you take from the most wealthy and give to the least wealthy, it's good. It tries to balance out. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

If you take from the most wealthy and give to the least wealthy, it's good. It tries to balance out.


Quote: There are websites that any government wants to block. The truth about the Internet is that it's extremely hard to block anything -- extremely hard. You'll never get perfect blocking. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

There are websites that any government wants to block. The truth about the Internet is that it's extremely hard to block anything -- extremely hard. You'll never get perfect blocking.


Quote: I'm not somebody who goes to church on a regular basis. The specific elements of Christianity are not something I'm a huge believer in. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

I'm not somebody who goes to church on a regular basis. The specific elements of Christianity are not something I'm a huge believer in.


Quote: Bitcoin is a technological tour de force. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Bitcoin is a technological tour de force.


Quote: Finally, assuming that many of those are fulfilled, which won't be easy in tight budget times, we're taking the supply side at the basic research level, because that's where government is absolutely fundamental. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of white and brown bricked wall during daytime
Photo Credit: Marl Clevenger

Finally, assuming that many of those are fulfilled, which won't be easy in tight budget times, we're taking the supply side at the basic research level, because that's where government is absolutely fundamental.


Quote: People who say they don't see the acceleration of innovation is a wilful blindness. We are innovation at a wonderful speed for the basic things we think everyone should get. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

People who say they don't see the acceleration of innovation is a wilful blindness. We are innovation at a wonderful speed for the basic things we think everyone should get.


Quote: The returns from investing in poor people are just as great as the returns from investing in the business world... and have even more meaning. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

The returns from investing in poor people are just as great as the returns from investing in the business world... and have even more meaning.


Quote: The United States has a huge budget deficit so taxes are going to have to go up and I certainly agree they should go up more on the rich than everyone else. That -- that's just justice. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

The United States has a huge budget deficit so taxes are going to have to go up and I certainly agree they should go up more on the rich than everyone else. That -- that's just justice.


Quote: There's a basic philosophy here that by empowering...workers you'll make their jobs far more interesting, and they'll be able to work at a higher level than they would have without all that information just a few clicks away. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

There's a basic philosophy here that by empowering...workers you'll make their jobs far more interesting, and they'll be able to work at a higher level than they would have without all that information just a few clicks away.


Quote: Don't let complexity stop you. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Don't let complexity stop you.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Don't let complexity stop you. Be activists. Take on the big inequities. It will be one of the great experiences of your lives.


Quote: Another trick in software is to avoid rewriting the software by using a piece that's already been written, so called component approach which the latest term for this in the most advanced form is what's called Object Oriented Programming. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Another trick in software is to avoid rewriting the software by using a piece that's already been written, so called component approach which the latest term for this in the most advanced form is what's called Object Oriented Programming.


Quote: We're responsible for the creation of the PC industry. The whole idea of compatible machines and lots of software -- that's something we brought to computing. And so it's a responsibility for us to make sure that things like security don't get in the way of that dream. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of Bill Gates quote; white text on black background

We're responsible for the creation of the PC industry. The whole idea of compatible machines and lots of software -- that's something we brought to computing. And so it's a responsibility for us to make sure that things like security don't get in the way of that dream.


Quote: The market does not drive the scientists, the communicators, the thinkers, the government to do the right things. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

The market does not drive the scientists, the communicators, the thinkers, the government to do the right things.


Quote: Our current expectations for what our students should learn in school were set fifty years ago to meet the needs of an economy based on manufacturing and agriculture. We now have an economy based on knowledge and technology. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Our current expectations for what our students should learn in school were set fifty years ago to meet the needs of an economy based on manufacturing and agriculture. We now have an economy based on knowledge and technology.


Quote: There's life and death in every email. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

There's life and death in every email.


Quote: Kids are taking PCs and the Internet to new heights. They're the ones that are designing the cutting-edge web sites. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Kids are taking PCs and the Internet to new heights. They're the ones that are designing the cutting-edge web sites.


Quote: When AIDS emergency broke out and was killing millions in Africa, the Global Fund was created so that a level of generosity would show up and buy the medicines to save those lives. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

When AIDS emergency broke out and was killing millions in Africa, the Global Fund was created so that a level of generosity would show up and buy the medicines to save those lives.


Quote: Programs today get very fat; the enhancements tend to slow the program down because people put in special checks. When they want to add some feature, they'll just stick in these checks without thinking about how they might slow the thing down. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Programs today get very fat; the enhancements tend to slow the program down because people put in special checks. When they want to add some feature, they'll just stick in these checks without thinking about how they might slow the thing down.


Quote: Does the e-mail say it's about 'enlargement' -- that might be spam. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Does the e-mail say it's about 'enlargement' -- that might be spam.


Quote: The job was to put into a, a computer with only 4K of memory an entire basic full blown, floating point Basic and that's one of the greatest programming feats I've ever had a chance to work on. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

The job was to put into a, a computer with only 4K of memory an entire basic full blown, floating point Basic and that's one of the greatest programming feats I've ever had a chance to work on.


Quote: We all have the chance to create a world where extreme poverty is the exception rather than the rule. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

We all have the chance to create a world where extreme poverty is the exception rather than the rule.


Quote: Life is not a continuous process, there's some sort of finite number of achievements that defines your life. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Life is not a continuous process, there's some sort of finite number of achievements that defines your life.


Quote: People think about this idea that there's 122 million kids that are alive that would not be if that fatality rate had stayed at the 1990 level, that's 122 million families. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

People think about this idea that there's 122 million kids that are alive that would not be if that fatality rate had stayed at the 1990 level, that's 122 million families.


Quote: The U.S. and Canada are two generous governments and we reach out and partner with anyone who believes in foreign aid. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

The U.S. and Canada are two generous governments and we reach out and partner with anyone who believes in foreign aid.


Quote: It is hard to sell Congress and the American people on foreign aid. Is it harder to do that than it is to sell billionaires on the idea that they should give all their money away. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

It is hard to sell Congress and the American people on foreign aid. Is it harder to do that than it is to sell billionaires on the idea that they should give all their money away.


Quote: I feel pretty stupid that I don't know any foreign languages. I wish I knew French or Arabic or Chinese. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

I feel pretty stupid that I don't know any foreign languages. I wish I knew French or Arabic or Chinese.


Quote: The more you learn, the more you have a framework that the knowledge fits into. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

The more you learn, the more you have a framework that the knowledge fits into.


Quote: I believe technology will continue to become more affordable and more people will have the chance to use it. This will help more people get medical care and a good education. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

I believe technology will continue to become more affordable and more people will have the chance to use it. This will help more people get medical care and a good education.


Quote: Africa is the one continent where you still have a lot more young people than old people. So making sure they're healthy, good nutrition, good education. That'll be important for the world. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Africa is the one continent where you still have a lot more young people than old people. So making sure they're healthy, good nutrition, good education. That'll be important for the world.


Quote: My job is about the most fun thing I do, but I have a broad set of interests, going places, reading things, doing things. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

My job is about the most fun thing I do, but I have a broad set of interests, going places, reading things, doing things.


Quote: We're all responsible for creating a polio-free world while we still can. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

We're all responsible for creating a polio-free world while we still can.


Quote: I like my job because it involves learning. I like being around smart people who are trying to figure out new things. I like the fact that if people really try they can figure out how to invent things that actually have an impact. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

I like my job because it involves learning. I like being around smart people who are trying to figure out new things. I like the fact that if people really try they can figure out how to invent things that actually have an impact.


Quote: I believe that with great wealth comes great responsibility, a responsibility to give back to society and a responsibility to see that those resources are put to work in the best possible way to help those most in need. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of blue and white abstract painting
Photo Credit: Daniele Levis Pelusi

I believe that with great wealth comes great responsibility, a responsibility to give back to society and a responsibility to see that those resources are put to work in the best possible way to help those most in need.


Quote: You wish that you could move more rapidly and you have setbacks. You know, the AIDS epidemic was a huge setback for Africa, and it's only through generosity that we've avoided that just completely crippling an entire generation there. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

You wish that you could move more rapidly and you have setbacks. You know, the AIDS epidemic was a huge setback for Africa, and it's only through generosity that we've avoided that just completely crippling an entire generation there.




Quote: In my 20s, I worked very, very hard. I have a much more balanced life now. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

In my 20s, I worked very, very hard. I have a much more balanced life now.


Quote: The idea of explaining why free trade is good, why immigration is good, why the world is so connected, that we need to think in terms of humanity and being generous to each other, you know, that's proving to be a challenge. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

The idea of explaining why free trade is good, why immigration is good, why the world is so connected, that we need to think in terms of humanity and being generous to each other, you know, that's proving to be a challenge.


Quote: Even for the diseases we don't focus on, cancer, heart disease, you're going to be way better off being sick 10 years from now than any time in the past. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Even for the diseases we don't focus on, cancer, heart disease, you're going to be way better off being sick 10 years from now than any time in the past.




Quote: If you want to improve the situation of the poorest two billion on the planet, having the price of energy go down substantially would be the best thing you could do for them. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

If you want to improve the situation of the poorest two billion on the planet, having the price of energy go down substantially would be the best thing you could do for them.




Quote: The trick generally is to break programs into pieces and have those pieces be individually testable and so then when you move on to the other pieces you treat it as a black box knowing that it either works or doesn't work. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

The trick generally is to break programs into pieces and have those pieces be individually testable and so then when you move on to the other pieces you treat it as a black box knowing that it either works or doesn't work.




Quote: Business isn't that complicated. I wouldn't want to put it on my business card. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Business isn't that complicated. I wouldn't want to put it on my business card.


Quote: Our success has really been based on partnerships from the very beginning. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Our success has really been based on partnerships from the very beginning.


Quote: Any machine that can run a browser is not thin. The browser has to be the thickest application man has ever invented, and it's getting thicker faster than anything ever development by man. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Any machine that can run a browser is not thin. The browser has to be the thickest application man has ever invented, and it's getting thicker faster than anything ever development by man.


Quote: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping -- they called it opportunity. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping -- they called it opportunity.


Quote: When I say miracle I mean a kind of thing like a computer on a chip, or the internet, or the cellphone, that are really quite miraculous. Most people would not have predicted them, and their effect has been very, very dramatic. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

When I say miracle I mean a kind of thing like a computer on a chip, or the internet, or the cellphone, that are really quite miraculous. Most people would not have predicted them, and their effect has been very, very dramatic.


Quote: Setting clear goals and finding measures that will mark progress toward them can improve the human condition. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Setting clear goals and finding measures that will mark progress toward them can improve the human condition.


Quote: We paired this announcement of the RandD commitment with the so-called Breakthrough Energy Coalition, which is 27 major investors saying, Hey, we'll put significant money into energy innovations when they're ready to spin out probably into startup companies. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

We paired this announcement of the RandD commitment with the so-called Breakthrough Energy Coalition, which is 27 major investors saying, Hey, we'll put significant money into energy innovations when they're ready to spin out probably into startup companies.


Quote: Microsoft has had its success by doing low-cost products and constantly improving those products and we've really redefined the IT industry to be something that's about a tool for individuals. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Microsoft has had its success by doing low-cost products and constantly improving those products and we've really redefined the IT industry to be something that's about a tool for individuals.


Quote: If you're asking whether I intentionally mess up my hair, no, I don't. And certain things, like my freckles, they're just there. I don't do anything consciously. I suppose I could get contact lenses. I suppose I could comb my hair more often. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

If you're asking whether I intentionally mess up my hair, no, I don't. And certain things, like my freckles, they're just there. I don't do anything consciously. I suppose I could get contact lenses. I suppose I could comb my hair more often.


Quote: The billion people who wake up every day trying to figure out if they have enough food to eat won't be at Davos. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

The billion people who wake up every day trying to figure out if they have enough food to eat won't be at Davos.


Quote: We need a malaria epidemic in the blogging community! Either that or we need people who have seen the malaria epidemic to start blogging. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

We need a malaria epidemic in the blogging community! Either that or we need people who have seen the malaria epidemic to start blogging.


Quote: We need to cooperate globally on epidemic preparedness and prevention in the same way we are cooperating globally to stop people from getting nuclear weapons. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

We need to cooperate globally on epidemic preparedness and prevention in the same way we are cooperating globally to stop people from getting nuclear weapons.


Quote: I don't believe in creating dynastic wealth.
I don't really believe that in a society that aspires to be meritocratic and that believes in equality of opportunity -- my kids have had advantage over 99 percent of the kids in the country. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

I don't believe in creating dynastic wealth.
I don't really believe that in a society that aspires to be meritocratic and that believes in equality of opportunity -- my kids have had advantage over 99 percent of the kids in the country.


Quote: In the same way that when the car got going, people thought it would be an electric car, people thought it would be a steam car. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

In the same way that when the car got going, people thought it would be an electric car, people thought it would be a steam car.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

In the same way that when the car got going, people thought it would be an electric car, people thought it would be a steam car. Actually, the dark horse in that race was internal combustion, but because of the energy density of gasoline and discovery of oil in large amounts at that point in first Pennsylvania and then Texas, it won out over those other two, to the point that those other two are actually viewed as obscure footnotes in history.


Quote: I read an hour almost every night. It's part of falling asleep. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

I read an hour almost every night. It's part of falling asleep.


Quote: I find golf very relaxing. It's a way to get away from work and get outside. It's a lot of fun, and once you get going it's almost kind of addictive. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

I find golf very relaxing. It's a way to get away from work and get outside. It's a lot of fun, and once you get going it's almost kind of addictive.


Quote: The huge turnout for Live 8 here and around the world proves that thanks to the leadership from people like Tony Blair and Gordon Brown the world is beginning to demand more action on global health and poverty. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of brown wooden board
Photo Credit: Keith Misner

The huge turnout for Live 8 here and around the world proves that thanks to the leadership from people like Tony Blair and Gordon Brown the world is beginning to demand more action on global health and poverty.




Quote: Our work in global health is about things like cutting childhood deaths, and every year we continue to make progress there. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Our work in global health is about things like cutting childhood deaths, and every year we continue to make progress there.


Quote: If Africa seeks prosperity, it must provide for the health and nutrition of all -- including the poorest. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

If Africa seeks prosperity, it must provide for the health and nutrition of all -- including the poorest.


Quote: When I was in college, for the games of that era, I was as hard core as anyone was. I wouldn't say I outgrew it, but you always have to have a finite number of addictions. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

When I was in college, for the games of that era, I was as hard core as anyone was. I wouldn't say I outgrew it, but you always have to have a finite number of addictions.


Quote: The willingness to hear hard truth is vital not only for CEOs of big corporations but also for anyone who loves the truth. Sometimes the truth sounds like bad news, but it is just what we need. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

The willingness to hear hard truth is vital not only for CEOs of big corporations but also for anyone who loves the truth. Sometimes the truth sounds like bad news, but it is just what we need.


Quote: I appoint the laziest person to do the hardest job as they'll find the easiest way to do it. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

I appoint the laziest person to do the hardest job as they'll find the easiest way to do it.


Quote: Having kids has been a fantastic thing for me. It's meant that I'm a little more balanced. In my twenties I worked massively, hardly took vacation at all. Now, I, with the help of my wife, I'm always making sure I've got a good balance of how I spend my time. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Having kids has been a fantastic thing for me. It's meant that I'm a little more balanced. In my twenties I worked massively, hardly took vacation at all. Now, I, with the help of my wife, I'm always making sure I've got a good balance of how I spend my time.


Quote: The US really has to get out in front. We are the biggest per person, by a substantial amount, greenhouse emitters, and we give the most foreign aid, not per person but in absolute. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

The US really has to get out in front. We are the biggest per person, by a substantial amount, greenhouse emitters, and we give the most foreign aid, not per person but in absolute.


Quote: If you withdraw the incredible focus on polio, it will spread back, and in poor countries you'll get something like 100,000 cases a year. So by being very intense and getting the cases down to zero, what you do is you avoid all the future cases. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

If you withdraw the incredible focus on polio, it will spread back, and in poor countries you'll get something like 100,000 cases a year. So by being very intense and getting the cases down to zero, what you do is you avoid all the future cases.


Quote: The finest pieces of software are those where one individual has a complete sense of exactly how the program works. To have that, you have to really love the program and concentrate on keeping it simple, to an incredible degree. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

The finest pieces of software are those where one individual has a complete sense of exactly how the program works. To have that, you have to really love the program and concentrate on keeping it simple, to an incredible degree.


Quote: Sometimes, I think my most important job as a CEO is to listen for bad news. If you don't act on it, your people will eventually stop bringing bad news to your attention and that is the beginning of the end. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of white and brown bricked wall during daytime
Photo Credit: Marl Clevenger

Sometimes, I think my most important job as a CEO is to listen for bad news. If you don't act on it, your people will eventually stop bringing bad news to your attention and that is the beginning of the end.


Quote: When I say an energy miracle, I mean that there will be some form of energy whose 24 hour cost really is competitive with hydrocarbons given, say, 20 years of learning curve. You invent it, then you look at how much its costs go down over the next 20 years, that it really beats hydrocarbons. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of Bill Gates quote: When I say an energy miracle, I mean that there will be some form of energy whose 24 hour cost really is competitive with hydrocarbons given, say, 20 years of learning curve. You invent it, then you look at how much its costs go down over the next 20 years, that it really beats hydrocarbons.- black text on quotes background

When I say an energy miracle, I mean that there will be some form of energy whose 24 hour cost really is competitive with hydrocarbons given, say, 20 years of learning curve. You invent it, then you look at how much its costs go down over the next 20 years, that it really beats hydrocarbons.




Quote: A company's ability to respond to an unplanned event, good or bad is a prime indicator of its ability to compete. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

A company's ability to respond to an unplanned event, good or bad is a prime indicator of its ability to compete.


Quote: The information society should serve all of its citizens, not only the technically sophisticated and economically privileged. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

The information society should serve all of its citizens, not only the technically sophisticated and economically privileged.


Quote: For all these infectious diseases, the goal is to eventually get rid of them. And to do that we need to invent new tools, but nobody was doing that because there was no money to buy on behalf of the poorest, even the existing tools. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

For all these infectious diseases, the goal is to eventually get rid of them. And to do that we need to invent new tools, but nobody was doing that because there was no money to buy on behalf of the poorest, even the existing tools.




Quote: I don't think you're as capable of handling lack of sleep or whatever challenges you throw at your body as you get older. However, I never missed a day of work. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

I don't think you're as capable of handling lack of sleep or whatever challenges you throw at your body as you get older. However, I never missed a day of work.


Quote: Make it just like a Mac. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Make it just like a Mac.


Quote: When you have the medical advances you think will they be available to everyone. Will they not just be for the rich world or even just the rich people and the rich world? Will they be for the world at large? by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of white and blue building under clear sky
Photo Credit: Federico De Iorio

When you have the medical advances you think will they be available to everyone. Will they not just be for the rich world or even just the rich people and the rich world? Will they be for the world at large?


Quote: 50 years from now we won't need as much human labour to do what manual workers do, so we should be able to take that extra productivity and put it to better use. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

50 years from now we won't need as much human labour to do what manual workers do, so we should be able to take that extra productivity and put it to better use.


Quote: When making choices, or setting policies about the economy, education or medicine, society is best served by electing people who are particularly hardworking, intelligent and interested in long-term thinking. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of blue and white water waves
Photo Credit: Pawel Czerwinski

When making choices, or setting policies about the economy, education or medicine, society is best served by electing people who are particularly hardworking, intelligent and interested in long-term thinking.


Quote: You have to have a certain realism that government is a pretty blunt instrument and without the constant attention of highly qualified people with the right metrics, it will fall into not doing things very well. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

You have to have a certain realism that government is a pretty blunt instrument and without the constant attention of highly qualified people with the right metrics, it will fall into not doing things very well.


Quote: Training the workforce of tomorrow with today's high schools is like trying to teach kids about today's computers on a 50-year-old mainframe. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Training the workforce of tomorrow with today's high schools is like trying to teach kids about today's computers on a 50-year-old mainframe.


Quote: It's not easy to remember, but IBM was the computer industry when I was growing up. You loved 'em. You hated 'em. You knew what they were doing. They had set a standard for mainframes. They also set a standard for great sales focus and heavy product R and D. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

It's not easy to remember, but IBM was the computer industry when I was growing up. You loved 'em. You hated 'em. You knew what they were doing. They had set a standard for mainframes. They also set a standard for great sales focus and heavy product R and D.


Quote: That's the part where the governments have a unique role, and then when it progresses well enough, then existing companies or new startup companies should take it. In the $3 trillion a year energy market, the rewards will be quite fantastic. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

That's the part where the governments have a unique role, and then when it progresses well enough, then existing companies or new startup companies should take it. In the $3 trillion a year energy market, the rewards will be quite fantastic.


Quote: Good stuff tends to happen gradually, whereas violence or catastrophes are deemed more newsworthy. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Good stuff tends to happen gradually, whereas violence or catastrophes are deemed more newsworthy.


Quote: We Corbis make it so easy to call up images, whether art or people or beaches or sunsets or Nobel Prize winners. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

We Corbis make it so easy to call up images, whether art or people or beaches or sunsets or Nobel Prize winners.


Quote: There's always a tricky issue when you get into stolen material or pornography. The laws for online publishing the same as for print-based publishing, where if you're hosting certain types of things and somebody notifies you about that. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

There's always a tricky issue when you get into stolen material or pornography. The laws for online publishing the same as for print-based publishing, where if you're hosting certain types of things and somebody notifies you about that.


Quote: But the improvements will happen faster and last longer if we can channel market forces, including innovation that's tailored to the needs of the poorest, to complement what governments and nonprofits do. We need a system that draws in innovators and businesses in a far better way than we do today. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of Bill Gates quote: But the improvements will happen faster and last longer if we can channel market forces, including innovation that's tailored to the needs of the poorest, to complement what governments and nonprofits do. We need a system that draws in innovators and businesses in a far better way than we do today.- black text on quotes background

But the improvements will happen faster and last longer if we can channel market forces, including innovation that's tailored to the needs of the poorest, to complement what governments and nonprofits do. We need a system that draws in innovators and businesses in a far better way than we do today.


Quote: When I walk into a grocery store and look at all the products you can choose, I say, My God! No king ever had anything like I have in my grocery store today. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

When I walk into a grocery store and look at all the products you can choose, I say, My God! No king ever had anything like I have in my grocery store today.


Quote: In china when you're one in a million, there are 1300 people just like you. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

In china when you're one in a million, there are 1300 people just like you.


Quote: Does the universe exist only for me? It's possible. If so, it's sure going well for me, I must admit. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Does the universe exist only for me? It's possible. If so, it's sure going well for me, I must admit.


Quote: Other paths would include making nuclear fission cheap enough and safe enough that people broadly embrace it, so that could be scaled up. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Other paths would include making nuclear fission cheap enough and safe enough that people broadly embrace it, so that could be scaled up.


Quote: The most important work I got a chance to be involved in, no matter what I do, is the personal computer... I even knew not to get married until later because I was so obsessed with it. That's my life's work. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

The most important work I got a chance to be involved in, no matter what I do, is the personal computer... I even knew not to get married until later because I was so obsessed with it. That's my life's work.


Quote: I feel certain that the personal computer is as revolutionary in terms of the way it will change the way we work, learn, and entertain ourselves as any of these previous advances. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

I feel certain that the personal computer is as revolutionary in terms of the way it will change the way we work, learn, and entertain ourselves as any of these previous advances.


Quote: All lives have equal value. And so you say, 'why do poor children die when other children don't? Why do some people have enough nutrition or reasonable toilets and other people don't?' So those basic needs that, through innovation, actually it's very affordable to bring them...to everyone. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of Bill Gates quote: All lives have equal value. And so you say, 'why do poor children die when other children don't? Why do some people have enough nutrition or reasonable toilets and other people don't?' So those basic needs that, through innovation, actually it's very affordable to bring them...to everyone.- black text on quotes background

All lives have equal value. And so you say, 'why do poor children die when other children don't? Why do some people have enough nutrition or reasonable toilets and other people don't?' So those basic needs that, through innovation, actually it's very affordable to bring them...to everyone.


Quote: I think (the internet) is contributing to Chinese political engagement..access to the outside world is preventing more censorship. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

I think (the internet) is contributing to Chinese political engagement..access to the outside world is preventing more censorship.


Quote: We have over 60 million machines that can take the same diskette, plug it in and immediately ah, that that software's working. And so it's created the worldwide software industry that... that is so very competitive and moving so quickly. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

We have over 60 million machines that can take the same diskette, plug it in and immediately ah, that that software's working. And so it's created the worldwide software industry that... that is so very competitive and moving so quickly.


Quote: As we have taken diarrhea and pneumonia down, even malaria down quite a bit, the portion of the days that are very early in that 5 years -- the first month, the first day -- it's about half now. Yet that's the part we understand the least. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

As we have taken diarrhea and pneumonia down, even malaria down quite a bit, the portion of the days that are very early in that 5 years -- the first month, the first day -- it's about half now. Yet that's the part we understand the least.


Quote: Instead of buying airplanes and playing around like some of our competitors, we've rolled almost everything back to the company. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Instead of buying airplanes and playing around like some of our competitors, we've rolled almost everything back to the company.


Quote: Who can afford to do professional work for nothing? What hobbyist can put three man-years into programming, finding all bugs, documenting his product, and distributing it for free? by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Who can afford to do professional work for nothing? What hobbyist can put three man-years into programming, finding all bugs, documenting his product, and distributing it for free?


Quote: Some people read off of their Palms and Pocket PCs, but the real immersible reading experience takes a full-screen device. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Some people read off of their Palms and Pocket PCs, but the real immersible reading experience takes a full-screen device.


Quote: Who in their right mind would ever need more than 640k of ram!? by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Who in their right mind would ever need more than 640k of ram!?


Quote: I want to make clear that we respect the role of government in our legal andeconomic system. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

I want to make clear that we respect the role of government in our legal andeconomic system.


Quote: How we deal with the AIDS epidemic should be one of the greatest ways that the world gets measured. The report card for this era. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

How we deal with the AIDS epidemic should be one of the greatest ways that the world gets measured. The report card for this era.


Quote: Your customers get better when you do. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Your customers get better when you do.


Quote: There are no significant bugs in our released software that any significant number of users want fixed. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

There are no significant bugs in our released software that any significant number of users want fixed.


Quote: The government's ability to select scientists and pick things that are fairly strange, because politicians don't like failures. They're only in office a short term, and many of these things take a long time. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of white tulips with green leaves
Photo Credit: Kilimanjaro STUDIOz

The government's ability to select scientists and pick things that are fairly strange, because politicians don't like failures. They're only in office a short term, and many of these things take a long time.


Quote: The current information revolution is a cultural revolution, a social revolution, a thoroughgoing technological revolution that involves not just information, but labor, leisure, entertainment, communication, education, culture and thus is part of a major cultural and social shift. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of Bill Gates quote: The current information revolution is a cultural revolution, a social revolution, a thoroughgoing technological revolution that involves not just information, but labor, leisure, entertainment, communication, education, culture and thus is part of a major cultural and social shift.- black text on quotes background

The current information revolution is a cultural revolution, a social revolution, a thoroughgoing technological revolution that involves not just information, but labor, leisure, entertainment, communication, education, culture and thus is part of a major cultural and social shift.


Quote: Since when has the world of computer software design been about what people want? This is a simple question of evolution. The day is quickly coming when every knee will bow down to a silicon fist, and you will all beg your binary gods for mercy. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Since when has the world of computer software design been about what people want? This is a simple question of evolution. The day is quickly coming when every knee will bow down to a silicon fist, and you will all beg your binary gods for mercy.


Quote: What we're really after is simply that people acquire a legal license for Windows for each computer they own before they move on to Linux or Sun Solaris or BSD or OS 2 or whatever. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

What we're really after is simply that people acquire a legal license for Windows for each computer they own before they move on to Linux or Sun Solaris or BSD or OS 2 or whatever.


Quote: I really do think cancer will largely be a solved problem. I think most of the infectious diseases like malaria -- our foundation is very involved -- once we're finishing polio eradication, then starting up this malaria eradication, and getting that done as fast as we can. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of Bill Gates quote; white text on black background

I really do think cancer will largely be a solved problem. I think most of the infectious diseases like malaria -- our foundation is very involved -- once we're finishing polio eradication, then starting up this malaria eradication, and getting that done as fast as we can.


Quote: Stolen's a strong word. It's copyrighted content that the owner wasn't paid for. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Stolen's a strong word. It's copyrighted content that the owner wasn't paid for.


Quote: I do think this next century, hopefully, will be about a more global view. Where you don't just think, 'Yes, my country is doing well,' but you think about the world at large. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

I do think this next century, hopefully, will be about a more global view. Where you don't just think, 'Yes, my country is doing well,' but you think about the world at large.


Quote: Learning from mistakes and constantly improving products is a key in all successful companies. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Learning from mistakes and constantly improving products is a key in all successful companies.


Quote: At the end of the day, natural-gas peakers sit back there and get financed so that the Midwest corridor can have a huge period of four to five days of no wind. The peakers are running big time to make that up, because that is the swing piece that can always be turned on. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of Bill Gates quote; white text on black background

At the end of the day, natural-gas peakers sit back there and get financed so that the Midwest corridor can have a huge period of four to five days of no wind. The peakers are running big time to make that up, because that is the swing piece that can always be turned on.


Quote: Eventually you won't think of 'the Internet business.' You'll think of it more like news, weather, sports, but even that taxonomy isn't clear. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Eventually you won't think of 'the Internet business.' You'll think of it more like news, weather, sports, but even that taxonomy isn't clear.


Quote: We need to start thinking about the future of food if we are going to feed 9 billion people in a way that does not destroy our environment. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

We need to start thinking about the future of food if we are going to feed 9 billion people in a way that does not destroy our environment.


Quote: You have the refugee crisis triggered by Syria. That's got a lot of costs associated with it. Domestically, budgets are incredibly tight because the economy's not generating the growth that makes for easy trade-offs. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of purple and blue light illustration
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You have the refugee crisis triggered by Syria. That's got a lot of costs associated with it. Domestically, budgets are incredibly tight because the economy's not generating the growth that makes for easy trade-offs.


Quote: I studied every thing but never topped.... But today the toppers of the best universities are my employees. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

I studied every thing but never topped.... But today the toppers of the best universities are my employees.


Quote: I want to admit that I am an optimist. Any tough problem, I think it can be solved. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

I want to admit that I am an optimist. Any tough problem, I think it can be solved.


Quote: You have to be willing to see that sometimes the governments of these poor countries don't come through. You have to think about that as a constraint. How do you help them be better? How do you come up with things that actually work, even in those tough situations. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of Bill Gates quote; white text on black background

You have to be willing to see that sometimes the governments of these poor countries don't come through. You have to think about that as a constraint. How do you help them be better? How do you come up with things that actually work, even in those tough situations.


Quote: There's a unique thing about the UK, where you give a very generous foreign aid budget to support globally, which is spent wisely. We partner with the government here to make sure that that money is spent well. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of person in black hoodie using laptop computer
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There's a unique thing about the UK, where you give a very generous foreign aid budget to support globally, which is spent wisely. We partner with the government here to make sure that that money is spent well.


Quote: People care a lot that the USA is well run, and people globally expect us to do things in upgrading science and more. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

People care a lot that the USA is well run, and people globally expect us to do things in upgrading science and more.


Quote: I didn't completed my University Education. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

I didn't completed my University Education.


Quote: The government is somewhat inept, but the private sector is inept in general. How many companies do venture capitalists invest in that go poorly? By far most of them. However, every once in a while a Google or a Microsoft comes out, so people keep giving them money. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of Bill Gates quote; white text on black background

The government is somewhat inept, but the private sector is inept in general. How many companies do venture capitalists invest in that go poorly? By far most of them. However, every once in a while a Google or a Microsoft comes out, so people keep giving them money.


Quote: There are ecosystems like coral reefs at risk through ocean acidification. Those are valuable things that we should protect. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

There are ecosystems like coral reefs at risk through ocean acidification. Those are valuable things that we should protect.




Quote: Warren Buffett met with all sorts of different groups about a lot of different things, but yes, he took the time, he listened and he wanted to understand about some of the different diseases and the strength of the American role in doing all these things. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

Warren Buffett met with all sorts of different groups about a lot of different things, but yes, he took the time, he listened and he wanted to understand about some of the different diseases and the strength of the American role in doing all these things.




Quote: In terms of doing things I take a fairly scientific approach to why things happen and how they happen. I don't know if there's a god or not, but I think religious principles are quite valid. by author Bill Gates overlaid on photo of photo of author Bill Gates with quote

In terms of doing things I take a fairly scientific approach to why things happen and how they happen. I don't know if there's a god or not, but I think religious principles are quite valid.


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