300+ Bill Gates Quotes: Inspiring Words from the American Business Magnet

Bill Gates quotes offer insight and wisdom on various subjects, ranging from technology to philanthropy. William Henry Gates III, better known as Bill Gates, is the former CEO and current chairman of Microsoft, the world’s largest personal-computer software company. 

He is also one of the richest individuals in the world, with a net worth estimated at over $100 billion. Throughout his career and philanthropic efforts, Gates has become a thought leader and inspiring figure for people worldwide. Some of his most famous quotes are showcased below. 

Africa is on the rise.
जीवन न्याययुक्त नहीं है, इसकी आदत डाल लीजिये।
It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.
Effective philanthropy requires a lot of time and creativity – the same kind of focus and skills that building a business requires.
Money has no utility to me beyond a certain point.
Technology over time will reduce demand for jobs, particularly at the lower end of the skill set.
I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.

316 Most Famous Bill Gates Quotes of All Time

Here are some of the most famous quotes by Bill Gates on technology, education, leadership, and more:

  • 3D is a way of organizing things, particularly as we’re getting much more media information on the computer, a lot more choices, and a lot more navigation than we’ve ever had before.
  • A first-generation fortune is the most likely to be given away, but once a fortune is inherited it’s less likely that a very high percentage will go back to society.
  • A lot of people assume that creating software is purely a solitary activity where you sit in an office with the door closed all day and write lots of code.
  • A lot of the things that will really improve the world fortunately aren’t dependent on Washington doing something different.
  • Africa is on the rise.
  • AIDS itself is subject to incredible stigma.
  • 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.
  • Americans move more than 10 times over the course of a lifetime.
  • Antitrust is the way that the government promotes markets when there are market failures. It has nothing to do with the idea of free information.
  • Any version of Windows is going to have lots of great new things that people use and things that are tough.
  • Apple has always leveraged technologies that the PC industry has driven to critical mass – the bus structures, the graphics cards, the peripherals, the connection networks, things like that – so they’re kind of in the PC ecosystem and kind of not.
  • 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.
  • Being able to see an activity log of where a kid has been going on the Internet is a good thing.
  • Being flooded with information doesn’t mean we have the right information or that we’re in touch with the right people.
  • Bitcoin is mostly about anonymous transactions, and I don’t think over time that’s a good way to go. I’m a huge believer in digital currency… but doing it on an anonymous basis I think leads to some abuses, so I’m not involved in Bitcoin.
  • By 2035, there will be almost no poor countries left in the world. Almost all countries will be what we now call lower-middle income or richer.
  • By improving health, and empowering women, population growth comes down.
  • By the time we see that climate change is really bad, our 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.
  • Capitalism has shortfalls. It doesn’t necessarily take care of the poor, and it underfunds innovation, so we have to offset that.
  • Capitalism has worked very well. Anyone who wants to move to North Korea is welcome.
  • Certainly, I’ll never be able to put myself in the situation that people growing up in the less developed countries are in. I’ve gotten a bit of a sense of it by being out there and meeting people and talking with them.
  • Certainly, there’s a phenomenon around open source. You know free software will be a vibrant area. There will be a lot of neat things that get done there.
  • Certainly, the Windows share of servers is strong.
  • China adopted a capitalist system in the 1980s, and it went from a 60% poverty rate to 10%.
  • China and the U.S. need each other very badly. Yes, we should argue about some things, but it’s not an ‘us versus them,’ it’s an ‘us and them’ type scenario.
  • China has many successful entrepreneurs and business people. I hope that more people with insight will put their talents to work to improve the lives of poor people in China and around the world and seek solutions for them.
  • China is certainly an important player in the global economy, and a widespread AIDS epidemic would threaten that growth.
  • Climate change is a terrible problem, and it absolutely needs to be solved. It deserves to be a huge priority.
  • Common Core is a big win for education.
  • Considering their impact, you might expect mosquitoes to get more attention than they do. Sharks kill fewer than a dozen people every year, and in the U.S. they get a week dedicated to them on TV every year.
  • 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.
  • Corruption is one of the most common reasons I hear in views that criticize aid.
  • Countries that receive aid do graduate. Within a generation, Korea went from being a big recipient to being a big aid donor. China used to get quite a bit of aid; now it’s aid-neutral.
  • Digital reading will completely take over. It’s lightweight and it’s fantastic for sharing. Over time it will take over.
  • Discrimination has a lot of layers that make it tough for minorities to get a leg up.
  • DOS is ugly and interferes with users’ experience.
  • Driving up the value of advertising is a big commitment for Microsoft.
  • Drones overall will be more impactful than I think people recognize, in positive ways to help society.
  • 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.
  • Energy innovation is not a nationalistic game.
  • Eradications are special. Zero is a magic number. You either do what it takes to get to zero and you’re glad you did it; or you get close, give up and it goes back to where it was before, in which case you wasted all that credibility, activity, and money that could have been applied to other things.
  • Even with cameras being very cheap, one thing that researchers noticed was that you look really bad in a videoconference image because the lighting is bad and you get shadows and things.
  • Eventually, we’ll be able to sequence the human genome and replicate how nature did intelligence in a carbon-based system.
  • Eventually, you won’t think of ‘the Internet business.’ You’ll think of it more like news, weather, or sports, but even that taxonomy isn’t clear.
  • Eventually, all companies are replaced.
  • Expectations are a form of first-class truth: If people believe it, it’s true.
  • Flying cars are not a very efficient way to move things from one point to another.
  • For Africa to move forward, you’ve really got to get rid of malaria.
  • Fortunately for India, it has got a growing economy. If it is doing the right things with taxation and focusing on the right areas for human development, it is going to have no problem, over a period of time, taking care of its own needs.
  • Given how few young people actually read the newspaper, it’s a good thing they’ll be reading a newspaper on a screen.
  • Globalization has made copper and other minerals more valuable, and Ghana and Kenya have recently discovered mineral resources.
  • Google’s done a super good job on search; Apple’s done a great job on the iPod.
  • Haiti should remind us all that there is an immediate need to invest in and promote long-term development projects that are sustainable, scalable, and proven to work.
  • Harnessing steam power required many innovations, as William Rosen chronicles in the book ‘The Most Powerful Idea in the World.’
  • Headlines, in a way, are what mislead you because bad news is a headline, and gradual improvement is not.
  • Helping convene global stakeholders to establish a set of measurable, actionable, and consensus-built goals focused on extreme poverty is invaluable.
  • I agree with people like Richard Dawkins that mankind felt the need for creation myths. Before we really began to understand the disease and the weather and things like that, we sought false explanations for them. Now science has filled in some of the realms – not all – that religion used to fill.
  • I am results-oriented.
  • I believe in innovation and that the way you get innovation is you fund research and you learn the basic facts.
  • I can understand wanting to have millions of dollars; there’s a certain freedom, meaningful freedom, that comes with that.
  • I didn’t use to wear a watch. Now I have a SPOT watch, which I wear all the time.
  • I do the dishes every night – other people volunteer, but I like the way I do it.
  • I don’t generally read a lot of fiction.
  • I don’t have a magic formula for prioritizing the world’s problems.
  • I don’t like typing messages on my phone. Some people get used to it.
  • I don’t think culture is something you can describe.
  • I don’t think there is any philosophy that suggests having polio is a good thing.
  • I get more spam than anyone I know.
  • I have a company that is not Microsoft, called Corbis. Corbis is the operation that merged with Bettman Archives. It has nothing to do with Microsoft. It was intentionally done outside of Microsoft because Microsoft isn’t interested.
  • I have a nice office. I have a nice house… So I’m not denying myself some great things. I just don’t happen to have expensive hobbies.
  • I have a particular relationship with Vinod Khosla because he’s got a lot of very interesting science-based energy startups.
  • I have an excellent memory, a most excellent memory.
  • I have been struck again and again by how important measurement is to improving the human condition.
  • I have seen firsthand that agricultural science has enormous potential to increase the yields of small farmers and lift them out of hunger and poverty.
  • I know there’s a farmer out there somewhere who never wants a PC and that’s fine with me.
  • I like the idea of putting your Christmas wish list up and letting people share it.
  • I meet people overseas that know five languages – that the only language I’m comfortable in is English.
  • I never took a day off in my twenties. Not one. And I’m still fanatical, but now I’m a little less fanatical.
  • I read a lot of obscure books and it is nice to open a book.
  • 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.
  • I remember thinking quite logically that I didn’t want to spoil my children with wealth and so I would create a foundation, but not knowing exactly what it would focus on.
  • I spend a lot of time reading.
  • I think any statement about stock prices is always suspect unless it’s made by Warren Buffett.
  • 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.
  • I think that society has to be careful not to shift all of its resources to the elderly versus the young.
  • I think the positive competition between states in India is one of the most positive dynamics that the country has.
  • I think the thing we see is that as people are using video games more, they tend to watch passive TV a bit less. And so using the PC for the Internet, and playing video games, is starting to cut into the rather unbelievable amount of time people spend watching TV.
  • I think there will be PCs at every price point.
  • I think when smallpox was eliminated, the whole world got pretty excited about that because it was just such a dramatic success.
  • I understand how every healthy child, and every new road, puts a country on a better path, but instability and war will arise from time to time, and I’m not an expert on how you get out of those things.
  • I was a kind of hyper-intense person in my twenties and very impatient.
  • I was lucky to be involved and get to contribute to something that was important, which is empowering people with software.
  • I went to a public school through sixth grade, and being good at tests wasn’t cool.
  • I’m a geek.
  • I’m an investor in a number of biotech companies, partly because of my incredible enthusiasm for the great innovations they will bring.
  • I’m certainly well taken care of in terms of food and clothes.
  • I’m going to retain a lot of Microsoft’s stock.
  • I’m going to save my public voice largely for the issues where I have some depth.
  • I’m never fully satisfied with any Microsoft product.
  • I’m not a macroeconomics person.
  • I’m not big on to-do lists. Instead, I use e-mail and desktop folders, and my online calendar. So when I walk up to my desk, I can focus on the e-mails I’ve flagged and check the folders that are monitoring particular projects and particular blogs.
  • I’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.
  • I’ve always been amazed by Da Vinci because he worked out the science on his own. He would work by drawing things and writing down his ideas. Of course, he designed all sorts of flying machines way before you could actually build something like that.
  • I’ve always been interested in science – one of my favorite books is James Watson’s ‘Molecular Biology of the Gene.’
  • I’ve been very lucky, and therefore I owe it to try and reduce the inequity in the world. And that’s kind of a religious belief. I mean, it’s at least a moral belief.
  • If African farmers can use improved seeds and better practices to grow more crops and get them to market, then millions of families can earn themselves a better living and a better life.
  • 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?
  • If I’d had some set idea of a finish line, don’t you think I would have crossed it years ago?
  • If people want capital gains taxed more like the highest rate on income, that’s a good discussion. Maybe that’s the way to help close the deficit.
  • If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good.
  • If you count E-mail, I’m on the Internet all day, every day.
  • If you go back to 1800, everybody was poor. I mean everybody. The Industrial Revolution kicked in, and a lot of countries benefited, but by no means did everyone.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • If you’re using first-class land for biofuels, then you’re competing with the growing of food. And so you’re actually spiking food prices by moving energy production into agriculture.
  • If you’ve found some way to educate yourself about engineering, stocks, or whatever it is, good employers will have some type of exam or interview and see a sample of your work.
  • If your culture doesn’t like geeks, you are in real trouble.
  • In 80% of the world, energy will be bought where it is economic. You have to help the rest of the world get energy at a reasonable price.
  • In a budget, how important is art versus music versus athletics versus computer programming? At the end of the day, some of those trade-offs will be made politically.
  • In almost every job now, people use software and work with information to enable their organization to operate more effectively.
  • In American math classes, we teach a lot of concepts poorly over many years. In the Asian systems, they teach you very few concepts very well over a few years.
  • In business, the idea of measuring what you are doing, picking the measurements that count like customer satisfaction and performance… you thrive on that.
  • In energy, you have to plan and do research way in advance, sometimes decades in advance to get a new system that’s safer, and doesn’t require us to go around the world to get all our oil.
  • In K-12, almost everybody goes to local schools. Universities are a bit different because kids actually do pick the university. The bizarre thing, though, is that the merit of the university is actually how good the students going in are: the SAT scores of the kids going in.
  • In low-income countries, the main problem you have is infectious diseases.
  • In ninth grade, I came up with a new form of rebellion. I hadn’t been getting good grades, but I decided to get all A’s without taking a book home. I didn’t go to math class, because I knew enough and had read ahead, and I placed within the top 10 people in the nation on an aptitude exam.
  • In order for the United States to do the right things in the long term, it appears to be helpful for us to have the prospect of humiliation. Sputnik helped us fund good science – really good science: the semiconductor came out of it.
  • 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.
  • In terms of mathematics textbooks, why can’t you have the scale of a national market? Right now, we have a Texas textbook that’s different from a California textbook that’s different from a Massachusetts textbook. That was very expensive.
  • In the old generation, if one kid bought a PlayStation 2 and the other kid bought an Xbox, at his house you played PlayStation, at your house, you played Xbox. Now that it’s online, all those early buyers who… you want to play with, they’ve got their reputation online of who they are and how good they are at these games.
  • India has over 20 percent of the kids born in the world. And they move around a lot.
  • India is more of an aid recipient than a provider of aid.
  • Innovation is a good thing. The human condition – put aside bioterrorism and a few footnotes – is improving because of innovation.
  • Innovation is moving at a scarily fast pace.
  • 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.
  • Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana.
  • Internet TV and the move to the digital approach are quite revolutionary. TV has historically been a broadcast medium with everybody picking from a very finite number of channels.
  • Investing in the poor requires participation from the entire community.
  • It is hard to overstate how valuable it is to have all the incredible tools that are used for human disease to study plants.
  • It’s a nice reader, but there’s nothing on the iPad I look at and say, ‘Oh, I wish Microsoft had done it.’
  • It’s easier to add things to a PC than it’s ever been before. It’s one click, and boom, it comes down.
  • It’s OK for China to invent cancer drugs that cure patients in the United States. We want them to catch up. But as leaders, we want to keep setting a very, very high standard. We don’t want them to catch up because we’re slowing down or, even worse, going into reverse.
  • It’s possible – you can never know – that the universe exists only for me. If so, it’s sure going well for me, I must admit.
  • It’s the poorer people in tropical zones who will get really hit by climate change – as well as some ecosystems, which nobody wants to see disappear.
  • Just in terms of the allocation of time and resources, religion is not very efficient. There’s a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.
  • K to 12 is partly about babysitting the kids so the parents can do other things.
  • Lectures should go from being like the family singing around the piano to high-quality concerts.
  • Legacy is a stupid thing! I don’t want a legacy.
  • 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 quickly. It would be funny if it weren’t so exciting.
  • Like any well-designed software product, Windows is designed, developed, and tested as an integrated whole.
  • Like my friend Warren Buffett, I feel particularly lucky to do something every day that I love to do. He calls it ‘tap-dancing to work.’
  • Living on $6 a day means you have a refrigerator, a TV, and a cell phone, and your children can go to school. That’s not possible on $1 a day.
  • Maintaining a consistent platform also helps improve product support – a significant problem in the software industry.
  • I and my dad are the biggest promoters of the estate tax in the US. It’s not a popular position.
  • Measles will always show you if someone isn’t doing a good job on vaccinations. Kids will start dying of measles.
  • Microsoft Research has a thing called the Sense Cam that, as you walk around, it’s taking photos all the time. And the software will filter and find the ones that are interesting without having to think, ‘Let’s get out the camera and get that shot.’ You just have that, and software helps you pick what you want.
  • Middle-income countries are the biggest users of GMOs. Places like Brazil.
  • Most poor people live in the poorest countries.
  • Music, even with these dial-up connections you have to the Internet, is very practical to download.
  • My experience of malaria was just taking antimalarials, which give me strange dreams because I don’t want to get malaria.
  • My mom and my dad were both very sociable, meeting lots of interesting people.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • My wife thinks she’s better than me at puzzles. I haven’t given in on that one yet.
  • Netscape was able to get the government working on its behalf.
  • Newspaper readership is still growing in India.
  • Nigeria has moved into low-middle-income, but their north is very poor, and the health care systems there have broken down.
  • Ninety percent of the cases of polio are in security-vulnerable areas.
  • No one person controls Microsoft. The board and the shareholders decide whether they want to have me as CEO.
  • Nobody believes in completely unadulterated capitalism.
  • Nobody spends any money on smallpox unless they worry about a bio-terrorist recreating it.
  • Now everyone takes it for granted that you can look up movie reviews, track locations, and order stuff online. I wish there was a way we could take it away from people for a day so they could remember what it was like without it.
  • 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.
  • Nuclear energy, in terms of an overall safety record, is better than other energy.
  • Of my mental cycles, I devote maybe ten percent to business thinking. Business isn’t that complicated. I wouldn’t want to put it on my business card.
  • Oh, I think there are a lot of people who would be buying and selling online today that go up there and they get the information, but then when it comes time to type in their credit card they think twice because they’re not sure about how that might get out and what that might mean for them.
  • 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.
  • On my desk, I have three screens, synchronized to form a single desktop. I can drag items from one screen to the next. Once you have that large display area, you’ll never go back, because it has a direct impact on productivity.
  • One of the statistics that always amazes me is the approval of the Chinese government, not elected, is over 80 percent. The approval of the U.S. government, fully elected, is 19 percent. Well, we elected these people and they didn’t elect those people. Isn’t it supposed to be different? Aren’t we supposed to like the people that we elected?
  • One thing I’ve always loved about the culture at Microsoft is there is nobody who is tougher on us, in terms of what we need to learn and do better than the people in the company itself. You can walk down these halls, and they’ll tell you, ‘We need to do usability better, push this or that frontier.’
  • Our teachers deserve better feedback.
  • Outlook 2003 did create the idea of search folders and the whole Longhorn philosophy. You can see it at work in search folders, where instead of having to drop things into individual folders, and things exist only in one folder, you create these search folders and you have the criteria for the search folder.
  • Over time, yes, countries will need to look at specific GMO products like they look at drugs today, where they don’t approve them all. They look hard at the safety and the testing. And they make sure that the benefits far outweigh any of the downsides.
  • Paper is no longer a big part of my day. I get 90% of my news online, and when I go to a meeting and want to jot things down, I bring my Tablet PC. It’s fully synchronized with my office machine, so I have all the files I need. It also has a note-taking piece of software called OneNote, so all my notes are in digital form.
  • People are always coming up to me and saying, ‘I heard your dad’s speech, and it’s really great.’ And they’ll mention someplace I didn’t even know my dad was going to.
  • People are going to buy cheap fertilizers so they can grow enough crops to feed themselves, which will be increasingly difficult with climate change.
  • People are using Windows PCs more than they watch TV now.
  • People don’t want lots and lots of single-purpose devices. They do not want to have to learn how to set up something for photos, another thing for music, or another thing for video.
  • People everywhere love Windows.
  • People should just buy a CD and rip it. You are legal then.
  • People want to watch whatever video they want to watch whenever they want to watch. If you provision your Internet infrastructure adequately, you can do that.
  • Personally, I’d like to see more of our leaders take a technocratic approach to solving our biggest problems.
  • Playing bridge is a pretty old-fashioned thing in a way that I really like.
  • Polio’s pretty special because once you get an eradication, you no longer have to spend money on it; it’s just there as a gift for the rest of the time.
  • Really advanced civilization is based on advances in energy.
  • Rich countries can afford to overpay for things.
  • Security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit; your machine can be taken over totally.
  • Security is, I would say, our top priority because of all the exciting things you will be able to do with computers – organizing your lives, staying in touch with people, and being creative – if we don’t solve these security problems, then people will hold back.
  • Should surveillance be usable for petty crimes like jaywalking or minor drug possession? Or is there a higher threshold for certain information? Those aren’t easy questions.
  • Should there be cameras everywhere on outdoor streets? My personal view is having cameras in inner cities is a very good thing. In the case of London, petty crime has gone down. They catch terrorists because of it. And if something really bad happens, most of the time you can figure out who did it.
  • Skype actually does get a fair bit of revenue.
  • Software innovation, like almost every other kind of innovation, requires the ability to collaborate and share ideas with other people, sit down and talk with customers and get their feedback and understand their needs.
  • Software is a great combination between artistry and engineering.
  • Software substitution, whether it’s for drivers or waiters or nurses – it’s progressing. Some people, through luck and skill, end up with a lot of assets. If you’re good at kicking a ball, writing software, or investing in stocks, it pays extremely well.
  • Some very poor countries run great vaccination systems, and some richer ones run terrible programs.
  • SPAM is taking e-mail, which is a wonderful tool, and exploiting the idea that it’s very inexpensive to send mail.
  • Steve Jobs’ ability to focus on a few things that count, get people who get user interface right, and market things as revolutionary are amazing things.
  • The ‘Billionaire’ song is what my kids tease me with. They sing it to me. It’s funny.
  • AIDS is a disease that is hard to talk about.
  • The belief that the world is getting worse, that we can’t solve extreme poverty and disease, isn’t just mistaken. It is harmful.
  • The best teacher is very interactive.
  • The bulk of the universities is about teaching kids.
  • The Center for Disease Control started out as the malaria war control board based in Atlanta. Partly because the head of Coke had some people out to his plantation, and they got infected with malaria, and partly ’cause all the military recruits were coming down and having a higher fatality rate from malaria while training than in the field.
  • 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.
  • The difference between a stranger sending you a message that you might be interested in at a very low volume level, no repetition, just sending it to very few people, and that being done as spam – those things get close enough that you want to be careful never to filter out something that’s legitimate.
  • The fight against AIDS in China is already well underway. The Chinese government and other funders are providing major support, and they’ll continue to bear primary responsibility for delivering prevention and treatment.
  • The future of advertising is the Internet.
  • The future of Windows is to let the computer see, listen, and even learn.
  • 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?’
  • The general idea of the rich helping the poor, I think, is important.
  • The Global Fund is a central player in the progress being achieved on HIV, TB, and malaria. It channels resources to help countries fight these diseases. I believe in its impact because I have seen it firsthand.
  • The Green Revolution focused on the big three – maize, rice, and wheat – and the Green Revolution did not adapt the big three to African conditions, other than South Africa, as much as they should have.
  • The idea that you encourage companies to take their innovative thinkers and think about the neediest – even beyond the market opportunities – that’s something that appropriately ought to be done.
  • The ideal thing would be to have a 100 percent effective AIDS vaccine. And to have broad usage of that vaccine. That would literally break the epidemic.
  • The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.
  • The Internet is the easiest thing to get into. To be an Internet retailer, you just get that URL.
  • The kids are a big part of my schedule.
  • The main thing that’s missing in energy is an incentive to create things that are zero-CO2-emitting and that have the right scale and reliability characteristics.
  • The mainstream is always under attack.
  • The microprocessor is a miracle.
  • The misconception that aid falls straight into the hands of dictators largely stems from the Cold War era.
  • The moral systems of religion, I think, are super important.
  • The most amazing philanthropists are people who are actually making significant sacrifices.
  • The most impactful dollars that Australia can spend are actually what goes to help the poorest.
  • The most interesting biofuel efforts avoid using land that’s expensive and has high opportunity costs. They do this by getting onto other types of land or taking advantage of byproducts that aren’t used in the food chain today, or by intercropping.
  • The next time someone tells you we can trim the budget by cutting aid, I hope you will ask whether it will come at the cost of more people dying.
  • The nuclear approach I’m involved in is called a traveling-wave reactor, which uses waste uranium for fuel. There are a lot of things that have to go right for that dream to come true – many decades of building demo plants, proving the economics are right. But if it does, you could have cheaper energy with no CO2 emissions.
  • The nuclear industry has this amazing record, even equipment from generations one and two. But nuclear mishaps tend to come in these big events – Chornobyl, Three Mile Island, and now Fukushima – so it’s more visible.
  • The only definition by which America’s best days are behind it is on a purely relative basis.
  • The only thing I understand deeply, because in my teens I was thinking about it, and every year of my life, is software. So I’ll never be hands-on with anything except software.
  • The outpouring of support from millions of people in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti has been impressive.
  • The outside perception and inside perception of Microsoft are so different. The view of Microsoft inside Microsoft is always kind of an underdog thing.
  • The part of uranium that’s fissile – when you hit it with a neutron, it splits in two – is about 0.7%. The reactors we have today are burning that 0.7%.
  • 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 to people who would never have been heard.
  • The potential financial reward for building the ‘next Windows’ is so great that there will never be a shortage of new technologies seeking to challenge it.
  • The protestor I think will speak up for the world’s poorest.
  • The quality of research in the U.S. is absolutely the best.
  • The spread of online information isn’t just good for charities. It’s also good for donors. You can go to a site like Charity Navigator, which evaluates nonprofits on their financial health as well as the amount of information they share about their work.
  • The tablet is not mainstream. Reading off the screen is not mainstream.
  • 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.
  • The tool that’s most associated with the recent progress against malaria is the long-lasting bed net. Bed nets are a fantastic innovation. But we can do even better. We can invent new ways to control the mosquitoes that carry the malaria parasite.
  • The trouble with energy farming is that the energy isn’t always where you want to use it, and it isn’t always when you want to use it.
  • The truth of Moore’s law has made remarkable things possible. On the software side, I think natural user interfaces in all their forms are equally significant.
  • The typical project design time for a large company like IBM – and they keep track of this – is a little over four years.
  • 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.
  • The U.S. immigration laws are bad – really, really bad. I’d say the treatment of immigrants is one of the greatest injustices done in our government’s name.
  • 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, it’s pushing that forward. New ideas, surprise the marketplace, so good engineering and good business are one and the same.
  • The world at large is less inequitable today than at any time in history. The number of people in abject poverty, as a percentage, is at an all-time low.
  • The world has been very careful to pick very few diseases for eradication because it is very tough.
  • The world is not flat, and PCs are not, in the hierarchy of human needs, in the first five rungs.
  • 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.
  • The year I was born, 1955, the first big disease-eradication program in the world was declared for malaria. After about a decade of work, they realized that, at least in tropical areas, they did not have the tools to get it done.
  • There are GMO skeptics in Europe maybe more than in other places, but not exclusively.
  • There are more people dying of malaria than any specific cancer.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • There certainly is a case to be made that taxes should be more progressive.
  • There is no author whose books I look forward to more than Vaclav Smil.
  • There is no doubt that as an economy grows in a great way like India has, you have to step back and change your tax systems because you start to get more disparities of wealth.
  • There are 20 companies that I have investments in – some batteries, some solar-thermal, and one big nuclear thing. We need hundreds and hundreds of companies like that so that in a 20-year time frame we really are starting to change the energy infrastructure.
  • There’s always been a lot of information about your activities. Every phone number you dial, every credit-card charge you make. It’s long since passed that a typical person doesn’t leave footprints.
  • There’s no magic line between an application and an operating system that some bureaucrat in Washington should draw.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This social-networking thing takes you to crazy places.
  • This whole phenomenon of the computer in a library is an amazing thing.
  • 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.
  • Today, we’re very dependent on cheap energy. We just take it for granted – all the things you have in the house, the way industry works.
  • Treatment without prevention is simply unsustainable.
  • Two out of every five people on Earth today owe their lives to the higher crop outputs that fertilizer has made possible.
  • Typically, your corporate e-mail account is not, today, that spam-targeted. It’s more the free e-mail accounts that are spam-targeted.
  • U.K. companies are in very international and very competitive markets. If you look at PC penetration in the U.K., it is very similar to the United States market.
  • Understanding science and pushing the boundaries of science is what makes me immensely satisfied.
  • Unfortunately, the highly curious student is a small percentage of the kids.
  • 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.
  • We all sort of do want incentives for creative people to still exist at a certain level. You know, maybe rock stars shouldn’t make as much; who knows? But you want as much creativity to take place in the future as took place in the past.
  • We are in the throes of a transition where every publication has to think of its digital strategy.
  • We are not even close to finishing the basic dream of what the PC can be.
  • We have to find a way to make the aspects of capitalism that serve wealthier people serve poorer people as well.
  • We make the future sustainable when we invest in the poor, not when we insist on their suffering.
  • We should all grow our own food and do our own waste processing, we really should.
  • Well, the protester I think is a very powerful thing. It’s basically a mechanism of democracy that, along with capitalism, and scientific innovation, those things have built the modern world. And it’s wonderful that the new tools have empowered that protestor so that state secrets and bad developments are not hidden anymore.
  • Well, I don’t think there’s any need for people to focus on my career.
  • Well, no one gives aid to Zimbabwe through the Mugabe government.
  • What destroys more self-confidence than any other educational thing in America is being assigned to some remedial math when you get into some college, and then it’s not taught very well and you end up with this sense of, ‘Hey, I can’t really figure those things out.’
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • When I was in my 40s, Microsoft was my primary activity.
  • 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.
  • When the PC was launched, people knew it was important.
  • 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.
  • Whenever you have multiple devices including multiple PCs that you want to share information with, it’s always been a bit complicated.
  • Whether I’m at the office, at home, or on the road, I always have a stack of books I’m looking forward to reading.
  • Whether it’s Google or Apple or free software, we’ve got some fantastic competitors and it keeps us on our toes.
  • Who decides what’s in Windows? The customers who buy it.
  • Windows 8 is key to the future, the Surface computer.
  • Windows is probably the most important product in the entire PC industry. Everything we do in terms of supporting touch, new hardware, and accessibility has an incredible impact.
  • With tech companies, whoever’s the leader is always questioned, you know. They say, ‘Is this the end of them?’ And – there’s more – more times people think that’s the case than it really is the case.
  • With Windows 8, Microsoft is trying to gain market share in what has been dominated by iPad-type devices. But a lot of those users are frustrated. They can’t type. They can’t create documents.
  • You can always think of something like the Xbox 360 as a super set-top box that can do everything the set-top box does, but then have the graphics to do the games as well.
  • You can’t have a rigid view that all new taxes are evil.
  • 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.
  • You know capitalism is this wonderful thing that motivates people, it causes wonderful inventions to be done. But in this area of diseases of the world at large, it’s really let us down.
  • 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.
  • You’re never going to get the amount of CO2 emitted to go down unless you deal with the one magic metric, which is CO2 per kilowatt-hour.
  • Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.

8 Bill Gates Quotes in Hindi

Check out these memorable Bill Gates quotes in Hindi:

  • अगर आप गरीब पैदा हुए तो यह आपकी गलती नहीं है परंतु अगर आप गरीब ही मर गए तो यह आप ही की गलती है।
  • अपने आप की दूसरों के साथ तुलना मत करो। अगर तुम ऐसा करते हो तो तुम स्वयं की ही बेजती कर रहे हो।
  • मैं परीक्षा में कई विषयों में फेल हो गया था और मेरा दोस्त सभी विषय में पास हो गया था। अब वह माइक्रोसॉफ्ट कंपनी में इंजीनियर है और मैं माइक्रोसॉफ्ट का मालिक हूँ।
  • मेरा मानना है कि अगर आप लोगों को समस्याएं दिखाएं और आप उन्हें समाधान दिखाएं तो वे कार्रवाई करने के लिए बाध्य हो जायेंगे।
  • यदि आप अच्छा बना नहीं सकते तो कम से कम ऐसा करिए कि वो अच्छा दिखे।
  • जीवन न्याययुक्त नहीं है, इसकी आदत डाल लीजिये।
  • अगर मैं पहले से कोई अंतिम लक्ष्य बना के चलता। तो क्या आपको नहीं लगता है कि मैं उसे सालों पहले पूरा कर चुका होता।
  • सबसे गजब के दानी वे लोग होते हैं। जो वास्तव में एक सार्थक बलिदान दे रहे हों।

5 Success Quotes by Bill Gates

These are some of the famous quotes by Bill Gates that capture the true essence of success:

  • I believe the returns on investment in the poor are just as exciting as successes achieved in the business arena, and they are even more meaningful!
  • It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
  • The ability of a successful company to add functionality to its product has long been upheld.
  • Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.
  • 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.

8 Bill Gates Motivational Quotes

Here are some motivational quotes by Bill Gates to keep you going:

  • As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.
  • Everyone needs a coach. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a basketball player, a tennis player, a gymnast, or a bridge player.
  • Exposure from a young age to the realities of the world is a super-big thing.
  • I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions, they will be moved to act.
  • 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 freedom that they’re interested in.
  • In almost every area of human endeavor, the practice improves over time. 
  • 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.
  • We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.

5 Bill Gates Inspirational Quotes

Check out these inspirational quotes by Bill Gates that’ll help you stay focused on your goals:

  • 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.
  • When a country has the skill and self-confidence to take action against its biggest problems, it makes outsiders eager to be a part of it.
  • 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.
  • Effective philanthropy requires a lot of time and creativity – the same kind of focus and skills that building a business requires.
  • 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.

7 Bill Gates Quotes Money

Here are some profound Bill Gates quotes on money:

  • 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?
  • Money has always been in politics. And I’m not sure you’d want money to be completely out of politics.
  • Money has no utility to me beyond a certain point.
  • We’ve got to put a lot of money into changing behavior.
  • Well private money can take risks in a way that government money often isn’t willing to.
  • Well-spent aid money is saving lives for a few thousand dollars per life saved.
  • If I hadn’t given my money away, I’d have had more than anyone else on the planet.

10 Bill Gates Quotes About Technology

Here are some thought-provoking Bill Gates quotes on technology:

  • Digital technology has several features that can make it much easier for teachers to pay special attention to all their students.
  • Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don’t think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without talking about the other.
  • Technology over time will reduce demand for jobs, particularly at the lower end of the skill set.
  • Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.
  • Technology is unlocking the innate compassion we have for our fellow human beings.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • There is a difference between what technology enables and what historical business practices enable.
  • The intersection of law, politics, and technology is going to force a lot of good thinking.
  • 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 Quotes on Laziness

Here is the famous Bill Gates quote on laziness: 

  • I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.

5 Bill Gates Quotes on Life

Check out these meaningful quotes on life by Bill Gates:

  • According to Ethiopian custom, parents wait to name a baby because children often die in the first weeks of life.
  • Governments will always play a huge part in solving big problems. They set public policy and are uniquely able to provide the resources to make sure solutions reach everyone who needs them. They also fund basic research, which is a crucial component of innovation that improves life for everyone.
  • I would counsel people to go to college because it’s one of the best times in your life in terms of who you meet and developing a broad set of intellectual skills.
  • What’s amazing is, if young people understood how doing well in school makes the rest of their life so much more 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.
  • I think it makes sense to believe in God, but exactly what decision in your life you make differently because of it, I don’t know.

10 Bill Gates Quotes on Education

Here are some profound quotes on the importance of education by Bill Gates:

  • Americans want students to get the best education possible. We want schools to prepare children to become good citizens and members of a prosperous American economy.
  • By 2018, an estimated 63 percent of all new U.S. jobs will require workers with an education beyond high school. For our young people to get those jobs, they first need to graduate from high school ready to start a postsecondary education.
  • Connectivity enables transparency for better government, education, and health.
  • In inner-city, low-income communities of color, there’s such a high correlation in terms of educational quality and success.
  • 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.
  • It’s hard to improve public education – that’s clear.
  • Unemployment rates among Americans who never went to college are about double that of those who have a postsecondary education.
  • When you revolutionize education, you’re taking the very mechanism of how people be smarter and do new things, and you’re priming the pump for so many incredible things.
  • 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 in 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?
  • 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.


Who is Bill Gates?

Bill Gates is a billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist. He co-founded Microsoft Corporation in 1975 and played a central role in the development of the personal computer. He is also known for his philanthropic efforts, mainly through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which aims to improve global health and reduce poverty.

What made Bill Gates famous?

Bill Gates became famous for co-founding Microsoft in 1975 with Paul Allen, which went on to become the world’s largest personal-computer software company. He has been instrumental in the development of personal computing and has contributed greatly to the growth of the technology industry.

Where was Bill Gates born?

Bill Gates was born on October 28, 1955, in Seattle, Washington, USA.

What is Bill Gates’ educational background?

Bill Gates studied at Lakeside School in Seattle and then went on to attend Harvard College. However, he dropped out of Harvard after two years to focus on Microsoft.

Who is Bill Gates’ spouse?

Bill Gates’ spouse is Melinda Gates, whom he married in 1994.

How many children does Bill Gates have?

Bill Gates has three children, two daughters named Phoebe and Jennifer, and a son named Rory.

What is Bill Gates’ net worth?

As of 2023, Bill Gates’ net worth is estimated to be around $112 billion.

What is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation?

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a philanthropic organization founded by Bill and Melinda Gates in 2000. The foundation works to improve global health and education and reduce poverty.

What are some of the notable initiatives of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation?

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has launched several initiatives, including the Global Health Program, the Global Development Program, the United States Program, and the Global Policy and Advocacy Program. The foundation has also made substantial investments in vaccine research and development.

What are Bill Gates’ social media handles?

Bill Gates can be found on several social media platforms including Twitter (@BillGates), Instagram (@thisisbillgates), and LinkedIn (Bill Gates).

Has Bill Gates ever faced controversy?

Yes, Bill Gates has faced controversy in the past, including antitrust lawsuits against Microsoft, criticism of his philanthropic initiatives, and his views on certain global health issues.

What is Bill Gates’ involvement with the COVID-19 pandemic?

Bill Gates has been actively involved in the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He has made significant donations to vaccine research and development and has been a vocal advocate for global preparedness and response efforts.

What are some of Bill Gates’ interests and hobbies?

Bill Gates has a wide range of interests and hobbies, including reading, playing bridge, and investing. He is also an avid traveler and enjoys visiting new places and experiencing different cultures.

Has Bill Gates ever written a book?

Yes, Bill Gates has written several books, including “The Road Ahead,” “Business @ the Speed of Thought,” and “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster.”

What are some of Bill Gates’ notable awards and honors?

Bill Gates has received several awards and honors throughout his career, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, and the Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy, and Employment.

Asma Ahmed

I identify myself as a quodophile and linguaphile, a lover of quotes and all things language. My eagerness to learn new things has helped me become fluent in several languages and still crave more knowledge. My passion for words, literature, and wisdom is evident in my writing, where I constantly explore the beauty and power of quotes as well as the meaning and context behind them. With India being my home, I am constantly seeking inspiration from its diverse cultures and languages. But my journey goes beyond the borders of the country, in which I explore global cultures and languages to create a connection between the readers and the messages of the quotes I collect. I believe words have the power to change perspectives, evoke emotions, and guide people. In my free time, I can be found scouring books, articles, and social media for new quotes to add to my collection. I am forever on the lookout for new wisdom to share with the world.

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