Bill Gates Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Life is not fair; get used to it.

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.

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

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 MPG.

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.

Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana.

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.

Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don't think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other.

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.

640K ought to be enough for anybody.

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.

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?