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Top 100+ Best Thoughts & Quotes By Bill Gates

Top 100+ Best Thoughts & Quotes By Bill Gates
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  1. The future of advertising is the Internet. ~ Bill Gates
  2. People are always coming up to me and saying, ‘I heard your dad’s speech, and it’s really great.’ And they’ll mention some place I didn’t even know my dad was going to. ~ Bill Gates
  3. Me and my dad are the biggest promoters of an estate tax in the US. It’s not a popular position. ~ Bill Gates
  4. OK, I have a nickname. My family calls me ‘Trey’ because I’m William the third. My dad has the same name, which is always confusing because my dad is well known, and I’m also known. ~ Bill Gates
  5. 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. ~ Bill Gates
  6. People should just buy a CD and rip it. You are legal then. ~ Bill Gates
  7. Although I don’t have a prescription for what others should do, I know I have been very fortunate and feel a responsibility to give back to society in a very significant way. ~ Bill Gates
  8. By the time we see that climate change is really bad, your ability to fix it is extremely limited… The carbon gets up there, but the heating effect is delayed. And then the effect of that heat on the species and ecosystem is delayed. That means that even when you turn virtuous, things are actually going to get worse for quite a while. ~ Bill Gates
  9. Climate change is a terrible problem, and it absolutely needs to be solved. It deserves to be a huge priority. ~ Bill Gates
  10. Well I think any author or musician is anxious to have legitimate sales of their products, partly so they’re rewarded for their success, partly so they can go on and do new things. ~ Bill Gates
  11. In inner-city, low-income communities of color, there’s such a high correlation in terms of educational quality and success. ~ Bill Gates
  12. I have a particular relationship with Vinod Khosla because he’s got a lot of very interesting science-based energy startups. ~ Bill Gates
  13. When Ford sells a car, a dealer isn’t allowed to take out the engine and put a different one in. When a newsstand sells the Washington Post, no one can go to the newsstand and pay them to rip out the classified section and put their own classified section in – if they could, they would do so. ~ Bill Gates
  14. Flying cars are not a very efficient way to move things from one point to another. ~ Bill Gates
  15. In the long run, your human 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. ~ Bill Gates
  16. Well private money can take risks in a way that government money often isn’t willing to. ~ Bill Gates
  17. We’ve got to put a lot of money into changing behavior. ~ Bill Gates
  18. I actually thought that it would be a little confusing during the same period of your life to be in one meeting when you’re trying to make money, and then go to another meeting where you’re giving it away. I mean is it gonna erode your ability, you know, to make money? Are you gonna somehow get confused about what you’re trying to do? ~ Bill Gates
  19. My mom was on the United Way group that decides how to allocate the money and looks at all the different charities and makes the very hard decisions about where that pool of funds is going to go. ~ Bill Gates
  20. My mom and my dad were both very sociable, meeting lots of interesting people. ~ Bill Gates
  21. There is a difference between what technology enables and what historical business practices enable. ~ Bill Gates
  22. Software substitution, whether it’s for drivers or waiters or nurses – it’s progressing. Technology over time will reduce demand for jobs, particularly at the lower end of skill set. ~ Bill Gates
  23. If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 MPG. ~ Bill Gates
  24. Digital technology has several features that can make it much easier for teachers to pay special attention to all their students. ~ Bill Gates
  25. Technology is unlocking the innate compassion we have for our fellow human beings. ~ Bill Gates
  26. 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. ~ Bill Gates
  27. Money has always been in politics. And I’m not sure you’d want money to be completely out of politics. ~ Bill Gates
  28. The intersection of law, politics, and technology is going to force a lot of good thinking. ~ Bill Gates
  29. 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. ~ Bill Gates
  30. Like almost everyone who uses e-mail, I receive a ton of spam every day. Much of it offers to help me get out of debt or get rich quick. It would be funny if it weren’t so exciting. ~ Bill Gates
  31. The typical project design time for a large company like IBM – and they keep track of this – is a little over four years. ~ Bill Gates
  32. If you have 50 different plug types, appliances wouldn’t be available and would be very expensive. But once an electric outlet becomes standardized, many companies can design appliances, and competition ensues, creating variety and better prices for consumers. ~ Bill Gates
  33. The thing about HD-DVD that is attractive to Microsoft is that it’s very pro-consumer in letting you copy all movies up onto the hard disk. ~ Bill Gates
  34. I think the positive competition between states in India is one of the most positive dynamics that the country has. ~ Bill Gates
  35. Teaching’s hard! You need different skills: positive reinforcement, keeping students from getting bored, commanding their attention in a certain way. ~ Bill Gates
  36. Drones overall will be more impactful than I think people recognize, in positive ways to help society. ~ Bill Gates
  37. You may have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. There’s another day you might want to know about: Giving Tuesday. The idea is pretty straightforward. On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, shoppers take a break from their gift-buying and donate what they can to charity. ~ Bill Gates
  38. Contrary to popular belief, I don’t spend a whole lot of time following soccer. But as I have traveled around the world to better understand global development and health, I’ve learned that soccer is truly universal. No matter where I go, that’s what kids are playing. That’s what people are talking about. ~ Bill Gates
  39. Connectivity enables transparency for better government, education, and health. ~ Bill Gates
  40. 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? ~ Bill Gates
  41. Software is a great combination between artistry and engineering. ~ Bill Gates
  42. Expectations are a form of first-class truth: If people believe it, it’s true. ~ Bill Gates
  43. In order to deal with all the medical cost demands and other challenges in the U.S., as we look to raise that revenue, the rich will have to pay slightly more. That’s quite clear. ~ Bill Gates
  44. DOS is ugly and interferes with users’ experience. ~ Bill Gates
  45. Employers have decided that having the breadth of knowledge that’s associated with a four-year degree is often something they want to see in the people they give that job to. ~ Bill Gates
  46. For a highly motivated learner, it’s not like knowledge is secret and somehow the Internet made it not secret. It just made knowledge easy to find. If you’re a motivated enough learner, books are pretty good. ~ Bill Gates
  47. My son likes to go see mines and electric plants, or the Large Hadron Collider, and we’ve had a chance to see a lot of interesting stuff. ~ Bill Gates
  48. If you’re low-income in the United States, you have a higher chance of going to jail than you do of getting a four-year degree. And that doesn’t seem entirely fair. ~ Bill Gates
  49. The nuclear industry has this amazing record, even equipment from generations one and two. But nuclear mishaps tend to come in these big events – Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and now Fukushima – so it’s more visible. ~ Bill Gates
  50. 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. ~ Bill Gates
  51. The most amazing philanthropists are people who are actually making a significant sacrifice. ~ Bill Gates
  52. This whole phenomenon of the computer in a library is an amazing thing. ~ Bill Gates
  53. The PC has improved the world in just about every area you can think of. Amazing developments in communications, collaboration and efficiencies. New kinds of entertainment and social media. Access to information and the ability to give a voice people who would never have been heard. ~ Bill Gates
  54. The worst pandemic in modern history was the Spanish flu of 1918, which killed tens of millions of people. Today, with how interconnected the world is, it would spread faster. ~ Bill Gates
  55. If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good. ~ Bill Gates
  56. By improving health, empowering women, population growth comes down. ~ Bill Gates
  57. 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. ~ Bill Gates
  58. The moral systems of religion, I think, are super important. ~ Bill Gates
  59. 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. ~ Bill Gates
  60. We should all grow our own food and do our own waste processing, we really should. ~ Bill Gates
  61. The common thread for everything I do is this idea of a Web-services architecture. What does that mean? It means taking components of software and systems and having them be self-describing, so that you can aim them, ask them what their capabilities are, and communicate with them using a standard protocol. ~ Bill Gates
  62. There’s no such thing as going to a soapbox and saying, ‘The government’s corrupt,’ and not having the intelligence service see your face. In the digital world, that can be done. ~ Bill Gates
  63. I don’t think there’s anything unique about human intelligence. ~ Bill Gates
  64. Eventually we’ll be able to sequence the human genome and replicate how nature did intelligence in a carbon-based system. ~ Bill Gates
  65. 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. ~ Bill Gates
  66. Exposure from a young age to the realities of the world is a super-big thing. ~ Bill Gates
  67. The U.S. couldn’t even get rid of Saddam Hussein. And we all know that the EU is just a passing fad. They’ll be killing each other again in less than a year. I’m sick to death of all these fascist lawsuits. ~ Bill Gates
  68. 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. ~ Bill Gates
  69. The Gates Foundation has learned that two questions can predict how much kids learn: ‘Does your teacher use class time well?’ and, ‘When you’re confused, does your teacher help you get straightened out?’ ~ Bill Gates
  70. The best teacher is very interactive. ~ Bill Gates
  71. Research shows that there is only half as much variation in student achievement between schools as there is among classrooms in the same school. If you want your child to get the best education possible, it is actually more important to get him assigned to a great teacher than to a great school. ~ Bill Gates
  72. I’ve always been interested in science – one of my favourite books is James Watson’s ‘Molecular Biology of the Gene.’ ~ Bill Gates
  73. I like the idea of putting your Christmas wish list up and letting people share it. ~ Bill Gates
  74. Security is, I would say, our top priority because for all the exciting things you will be able to do with computers – organizing your lives, staying in touch with people, being creative – if we don’t solve these security problems, then people will hold back. ~ Bill Gates
  75. 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. ~ Bill Gates
  76. 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. ~ Bill Gates
  77. I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we’ve ever created. They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user. ~ Bill Gates
  78. I went to a public school through sixth grade, and being good at tests wasn’t cool. ~ Bill Gates
  79. It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. ~ Bill Gates
  80. My experience of malaria was just taking anti-malarials, which give you strange dreams, because I don’t want to get malaria. ~ Bill Gates
  81. 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. ~ Bill Gates
  82. 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? ~ Bill Gates
  83. The way to be successful in the software world is to come up with breakthrough software, and so whether it’s Microsoft Office or Windows, its pushing that forward. New ideas, surprising the marketplace, so good engineering and good business are one in the same. ~ Bill Gates
  84. This is a fantastic time to be entering the business world, because business is going to change more in the next 10 years than it has in the last 50. ~ Bill Gates
  85. Effective philanthropy requires a lot of time and creativity – the same kind of focus and skills that building a business requires. ~ Bill Gates
  86. In business, the idea of measuring what you are doing, picking the measurements that count like customer satisfaction and performance… you thrive on that. ~ Bill Gates
  87. Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana. ~ Bill Gates
  88. 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. ~ Bill Gates
  89. Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don’t think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other. ~ Bill Gates
  90. Some people may call me a nerd. I claim the label with pride. ~ Bill Gates
  91. Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. ~ Bill Gates
  92. Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important. ~ Bill Gates
  94. The world today has 6.8 billion people. That’s heading up to about nine billion. Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care & reproductive health services, we could LOWER that by perhaps 10 or 15 percent. ~ Bill Gates
  95. Life is not fair, get used to it ~ Bill Gates
  96. 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. ~ Bill Gates
  97. If you give people tools, and they use their natural abilities and their curiosity, they will develop things in ways that will surprise you very much beyond what you might have expected. ~ Bill Gates
  98. Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring aircraft building progress by weight. ~ Bill Gates
  99. DNA is like a computer program but far, far more advanced than any software ever created. ~ Bill Gates
  100. 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… ~ Bill Gates
  101. 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. ~ Bill Gates
  102. When you have money in hand,only you forget who are you .But when you do not have any money in your hand,the whole world forget who you are.It’s life. ~ Bill Gates
  103. Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose. ~ Bill Gates
  104. Life is not fair get used to used to it ~ Bill Gates
  105. Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room. ~ Bill Gates