77+ Best Bill Gates Quotes: Exclusive Selection

William Henry Gates III is an American business magnate, investor, author, philanthropist, and humanitarian. He and his business partner Paul Allen founded and built the world’s largest software business, Microsoft. Also, with his wife Melinda, Bill Gates chairs the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest private charitable foundation. Inspirational Bill Gates quotes will show you how to succeed in life, motivate you to take action and encourage you to change your world.

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Famous Bill Gates Quotes

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

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

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

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

Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world, if you do so, you are insulting yourself. – Bill Gates

Software innovation, like almost every other kind of innovation, requires the ability to collaborate and share ideas with other people, and to sit down and talk with customers and get their feedback and understand their needs. – Bill Gates

If you were born poor it’s not your mistake, but if you die poor it’s your mistake. – Bill Gates

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. – Bill Gates

Patience is a key element of success. – Bill Gates

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

I failed in some subjects in exam, but my friend passed in all. Now he is an engineer in Microsoft and I am the owner of Microsoft. – Bill Gates

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

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

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

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

If you are born poor its not your mistake, but if you die poor its your mistake. – Bill Gates

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

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

If you think your teacher is tough, wait ’til you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure. – Bill Gates

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

Life is not fair, get used to it. – Bill Gates

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

I can understand wanting to have millions of dollars, there’s a certain freedom, meaningful freedom, that comes with that. ‘But once you get much beyond that, I have to tell you, it’s the same hamburger. – Bill Gates

Capitalism has worked very well. Anyone who wants to move to North Korea is welcome. – Bill Gates

If your culture doesn’t like geeks, you are in real trouble. – Bill Gates

I never took a day off in my twenties. Not one. – Bill Gates

I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think that a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot. – Bill Gates

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

People always fear change. People feared electricity when it was invented, didn’t they. – Bill Gates

Find yourself. – Bill Gates

To win big, you sometimes need to take big risks. – Bill Gates

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. – Bill Gates

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

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

Software is a great combination between artistry and engineering. – Bill Gates

Exposure from a young age to the realities of the world is a super-big thing. – Bill Gates

I don’t think there’s anything unique about human intelligence. – Bill Gates

I was lucky to be involved and get to contribute to something that was important, which is empowering people with software. – 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

Effective philanthropy requires a lot of time and creativity – the same kind of focus and skills that building a business requires. – Bill Gates

I spend a lot of time reading. – Bill Gates

I believe in innovation and that the way you get innovation is you fund research and you learn the basic facts. – Bill Gates

The general idea of the rich helping the poor, I think, is important. – Bill Gates

I’m a geek. – Bill Gates

I was a kind of hyper-intense person in my twenties and very impatient. – Bill Gates

Our success has really been based on partnerships from the beginning. – Bill Gates

We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve. – Bill Gates

Don’t make the same decision twice. Spend time and thought to make a solid decision the first time so that you don’t revisit the issue unnecessarily. – Bill Gates

Reward worthy failure–experimentation. – Bill Gates

We start life with many big dreams–things we want to accomplish, create, build and experience. But if you ask anyone past the age of 40 what happened to all the dreams they had, they will most likely answer; Life. – Bill Gates

Life has a tendency to just happen. But it happens because we make choices. The life you create and design for yourself is going to accumulate from the choices you make over time. Sure, there are unexpected things that can derail dreams. But we can control where we put our focus, and if we choose to put one dream ahead of another. – Bill Gates

Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world… if you do so, you are insulting yourself. – Bill Gates

Everyone needs a coach. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a basketball player, a tennis player, a gymnast, or a bridge player. – 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

Of my mental cycles, I devote maybe 10 percent to business thinking. Business isn’t that complicated. I wouldn’t want to put it on my business card. – Bill Gates

A company’s ability to respond to an unplanned event, good or bad, is a prime indicator of its ability to compete. – Bill Gates

The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself. – Bill Gates

If you show people the problems and you show people the solutions, they will be moved to act. – Bill Gates

In three years, every product my company makes will be obsolete. The only question is whether we will make them obsolete or somebody else will. – Bill Gates

A bad strategy will fail no matter how good your information is, and lame execution will stymie a good strategy. If you do enough things poorly, you will go out of business. – Bill Gates

You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both. – Bill Gates

We make the future sustainable when we invest in the poor, not when we insist on their suffering. – Bill Gates

Treatment without prevention is simply unsustainable. – Bill Gates

Discrimination has a lot of layers that make it tough for minorities to get a leg up. – Bill Gates

We’ve got to put a lot of money into changing behavior. – Bill Gates

The most amazing philanthropists are people who are actually making a significant sacrifice. – 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

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

Legacy is a stupid thing! I don’t want a legacy. – Bill Gates

Lectures should go from being like the family singing around the piano to high-quality concerts. – Bill Gates

Personally, I’d like to see more of our leaders take a technocratic approach to solving our biggest problems. – Bill Gates

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.’ – Bill Gates

We have to find a way to make the aspects of capitalism that serve wealthier people serve poorer people as well. – Bill Gates

Expectations are a form of first-class truth: If people believe it, it’s true. – Bill Gates

The belief that the world is getting worse, that we can’t solve extreme poverty and disease, isn’t just mistaken. It is harmful. – Bill Gates

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. – Bill Gates

Money has no utility to me beyond a certain point. – Bill Gates

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