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Bill Gates Quotes

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Leaders are those who empower others.
- Bill Gates

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It's fine to celebrate success
but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
- Bill Gates

Success is a lousy teacher.
It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.
- Bill Gates

We've got to put a lot of money into changing behavior.
- Bill Gates

 

Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana.
- Bill Gates

The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.
- Bill Gates

People everywhere love Windows.
- Bill Gates

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640K ought to be enough for anybody.
- Bill Gates

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
- Bill Gates

Be nice to nerds.
Chances are you'll end up working for one.
- Bill Gates

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

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

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

If you can't make it good, at least make it look good.
- Bill Gates

Microsoft is not about greed.
It's about innovation and fairness.
- Bill Gates

We are not even close to finishing the basic dream of what the PC can be.
- Bill Gates

When the PC was launched, people knew it was important.
- Bill Gates

DOS is ugly and interferes with users' experience.
- Bill Gates

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

If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has,
we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1000 MPG.
- Bill Gates

Life is not fair; get used to it.
- Bill Gates

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

When you want to do your homework, fill out your tax return,
or see all the choices for a trip you want to take,
you need a full-size screen.
- Bill Gates

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

You see, antiquated ideas of kindness and generosity
are simply bugs that must be programmed out of our world.
And these cold, unfeeling machines will show us the way.
- Bill Gates

We always overestimate the change that will occur in
the next two years and underestimate the change that
will occur in the next ten.
Don't let yourself be lulled into inaction.
- Bill Gates

Television is not real life.
In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
- Bill Gates

In this business, by the time you realize you're in trouble,
it's too late to save yourself.
Unless you're running scared all the time,
you're gone.
- Bill Gates

Technology is just a tool.
In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them,
the teacher is the most important.
- Bill Gates

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.
- Bill Gates

If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss.
He doesn't have tenure.
- Bill Gates

People always fear change.
People feared electricity when it was invented,
didn't they? People feared coal, they feared gas-powered engines...
There will always be ignorance, and ignorance leads to fear.
But with time, people will come to accept their silicon masters.
- Bill Gates

Almost every way we make electricity today,
except for the emerging renewables and nuclear,
puts out CO2.
And so, what we're going to have to do at a global scale,
is create a new system.
And so, we need energy miracles.
- Bill Gates

Life is not divided into semesters.
You don't get summers off and very few employers are
interested in helping you find yourself.
- Bill Gates

There are people who don't like capitalism,
and people who don't like PCs.
But there's no-one who likes the PC who doesn't like Microsoft.
- Bill Gates

I'm sorry that we have to have a Washington presence.
We thrived during our first 16 years without any of this.
I never made a political visit to Washington and we had no people here.
It wasn't on our radar screen.
We were just making great software.
- Bill Gates

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

If I'd had some set idea of a finish line,
don't you think I would have crossed it years ago?
- Bill Gates

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

At Microsoft there are lots of brilliant ideas but
the image is that they all come from the top -
I'm afraid that's not quite right.
- Bill Gates

I believe that if you show people the problems and
you show them the solutions they will be moved to act.
- Bill Gates

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

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

Windows 2000 already contains features such as the
human discipline component,
where the PC can send an electric shock through the
keyboard if the human does something that does not please Windows.
- Bill Gates

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.
- Bill Gates

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

Until we're educating every kid in a fantastic way,
until every inner city is cleaned up,
there is no shortage of things to do.
- Bill Gates

Whether it's Google or Apple or free software,
we've got some fantastic competitors and it keeps us on our toes.
- Bill Gates

Now, we put out a lot of carbon dioxide every year,
over 26 billion tons.
For each American, it's about 20 tons.
For people in poor countries, it's less than one ton.
It's an average of about five tons for everyone on the planet.
And, somehow, we have to make changes that will bring that down to zero.
- Bill Gates

In Iroquois society, leaders are encouraged to
remember seven generations in the past and
consider seven generations in the future
when making decisions that affect the people.
- Wilma Mankiller

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers,
who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt
to offer a solution everybody can understand.
- Colin Powell

Leaders aren't born they are made.
And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.
And that's the price we'll have to pay
to achieve that goal, or any goal.
- Vince Lombardi

Success in almost any field depends more on energy
and drive than it does on intelligence.
This explains why we have so many stupid leaders.
- Sloan Wilson

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born -
that there is a genetic factor to leadership.
This myth asserts that people simply either
have certain charismatic qualities or not.
That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true.
Leaders are made rather than born.
- Warren G. Bennis

Leaders grasp nettles.
- David Ogilvy

Do not wait for leaders;
do it alone, person to person.
- Mother Teresa

The great leaders are like the best conductors -
they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players.
- Blaine Lee

It is our experience that political leaders do not
always mean the opposite of what they say.
- Abba Eban

Leaders must be close enough to relate to others,
but far enough ahead to motivate them.
- John C. Maxwell

Leaders have to act more quickly today.
The pressure comes much faster.
- Andy Grove

Everyone has an opinion on many subjects
and is ready to share those opinions -
labeling them as "truth."
Sometimes it is relatively easy
to filter out these opinions.
Upon hearing an ad for the latest
weight-loss powder on late-night TV,
our skepticism leaps to our defense.
However, if we have heard the same opinion for years
from our parents, friends,
government officials, or religious leaders,
we are more likely to believe without questioning
than to raise our filter of skepticism
and ask the hard questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The great leaders have always stage-managed their effects.
- Charles de Gaulle

Throughout history, great leaders have known the power of humor.
- Allen Klein

The people of the world genuinely want peace.
Some day the leaders of the world are going to
have to give in and give it to them.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The most important quality in a leader is that of being acknowledged as such.
All leaders whose fitness is questioned are clearly lacking in force.
- Andre Maurois

Without initiative, leaders are simply workers in leadership positions.
- Bo Bennett

The big journals and Nobel laureates are the equivalent
of Congressional leaders in science journalism.
- Michael Pollan

Time and again we see leaders and members of religions incite aggression,
fanaticism, hate, and xenophobia - even inspire and
legitimate violent and bloody conflicts.
- Hans Kung

Leaders establish the vision for the future and set
the strategy for getting there.
- John P. Kotter

Leaders at the highest levels of our government are
undertaking a deliberate and systematic effort to redefine our government,
our economy and our country.
- Marco Rubio

The best leaders...
almost without exception and at every level,
are master users of stories and symbols.
- Thomas J. Peters


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