Bill Gates - Famous Quotes
» 640K ought to be enough for anybody.» AIDS is a disease that is hard to talk about. The ideal thing would be to have a 100 percent effective AIDS vaccine.» As you improve health in a society, population growth goes down. You know, I thought it was... before I learned about it, I thought it was paradoxical.» 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.» 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.» DOS is ugly and interferes with users' experience.» Hey, I never told anyone to buy my stock! Besides, no one is less happy than I am with the performance of Microsoft stock! I've lost tens of billions of dollars this year-if you check, you'll see that that's more than most people make in a lifetime!» 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 do think this next century, hopefully, will be about a more global view. Where you don't just think, yes my country is doing well, but you think about the world at large.» I don't think there's anything unique about human intellience. All the nuerons in the brain that make up perceptions and emotions operate in a binary fashion.» I have 100 billion dollars... You realize I could spend 3 million dollars a day, every day, for the next 100 years? And that's if I don't make another dime. Tell you what-I'll buy your right arm for a million dollars. I give you a million bucks, and I get to sever your arm right here.» I have drifted away from thinking about these philanthropic things. And it was only as the wealth got large enough and Melinda and I had talked about the view that that wealth wasn't something that would be good to just pass to the children.» I mean, if we said right now, there's somebody in the next room who's dying, let's all go save their life, you know, everybody would just get up immediately and go get involved in that.» I see a time when Smartware would literally manage your money for you. Decide which investments are the most lucrative, which property would be the best buy based on value. If you're income isn't high enough, it could find you a new job. If your wife is spending too much money, the system would be programmed to discipline her, through a series of, say, spankings or what have you.» I think blogging is super-important, and we've got to do a lot more software. The phenomena for us is we've got in beta this MSN Spaces thing, and it lets you leverage everything you do around Messenger - that's your buddy lists and those relationships - to set up blogs, and who has access, and who gets notified.» 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 there certainly was a milestone in the '90s with regards to the Internet achieving critical mass. There were several magical factors that came together: the creation of HTML by Tim Berners-Lee, the drop in the price of communications, and all the PCs out there that you could put this software into.» I'm not, you know, particularly good at this. Maybe I'll never be good at it. But to walk around to each patient and ask, you know, what is your problem? And be respectful of, you know, their desire for privacy. But I think it is very important. If people got out like that, you know these problems would get addressed.» 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.» In the decade ahead I can predict that we will provide over twice the productivity improvement that we provided in the '90s.» Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don't think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other.» Is the rich world aware of how four billion of the six billion live? If we were aware, we would want to help out, we'd want to get involved.» It's a lot easier to connect to the story of the one person or the five people... you know, because I'm mathematically literate, I know that when there's 3 million kids every year dying of things that are completely preventable with the technology we have today, you know I can try and magnify how I feel about that one situation by a factor of 3 million. It's tough. But at least you know it's super important.» It's been shown that most people download viruses unwittingly-they don't know they're doing it until it's too late. That's what I mean here. We're talking about protecting the consumer.» It's not easy to remember, but IBM was the computer industry when I was growing up. You loved 'em. You hated 'em. You knew what they were doing. They had set a standard for mainframes. They also set a standard for great sales focus and heavy product R & D.» 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.» Let's face it, the average computer user has the brain of a Spider Monkey.» 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.» Microsoft is not about greed. It's about innovation and fairness.» 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.» 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.» People everywhere love Windows.» 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.» 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.» So we do software for watches, for phones, for TV sets, for cars. And some of these take a long time to catch on.» Some people read off of their Palms and Pocket PCs, but the real immersible reading experience takes a full-screen device.» Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.» The browser space that we are in we have about 90 percent. Sure, Firefox has come along, and the press love the idea of that. Our commitment is to keep our browser that competes with Firefox to be the best browser - best in security, best in features.» 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.» The IBM PC was a huge milestone, including a model where the hardware competes separately from the software. The fundamental advantage of that model - and what it's meant for the PC industry - is still not recognized by people who don't realize how critical that was. We now have an industry that passes along price decreases, performance improvements, and software, which makes it even more valuable.» The Internet will help achieve friction free capitalism by putting buyer and seller in direct contact and providing more information to both about each other.» The reason you see open source there at all is because we came in and said there should be a platform that's identical with millions and millions of machines.» The two areas that are changing... are information technology and medical technology. Those are the things that the world will be very different 20 years from now than it is today.» 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.» 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 some things that we are always thinking about. For example, when will speech recognition be good enough for everybody to use that? And we have made a lot more progress this year on that. I think we will surprise people a bit on how well we will do on our speech recognition.» There is a certain responsibility that accrued to me when I got to this unexpected position.» There's always a tricky issue when you get into stolen material or pornography. The laws for online publishing the same as for print-based publishing, where if you're hosting certain types of things and somebody notifies you about that.» We are not even close to finishing the basic dream of what the PC can be.» We've got to put a lot of money into changing behavior.» What we're really after is simply that people acquire a legal license for Windows for each computer they own before they move on to Linux or Sun Solaris or BSD or OS/2 or whatever.» When I was growing up, my parents were involved in various volunteer things. My dad was head of Planned Parenthood. And it was very controversial to be involved with that... 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.» 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.» Whether it's Google or Apple or free software, we've got some fantastic competitors and it keeps us on our toes.» 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.» 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.» Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.» The great thing about a computer notebook is that no matter how much you stuff into it, it doesn't get bigger or heavier.