Bill Gates

Bill Gates

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

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

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.

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.

DOS is ugly and interferes with users’ experience.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

640K ought to be enough for anybody.

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.

Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana.

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.

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

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.

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

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