Bill Gates’s 50 Best Quotes

Bill Gates thinking up one of his inspirational quotes.

This collection of Bill Gates’s best quotes offers a glimpse into the mind of one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs and philanthropists. From thoughts on success and failure to insights on technology and life, these quotes provide valuable lessons that can inspire and inform your daily decisions.

  1. “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” – Bill Gates
  2. “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates
  3. “It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” – Bill Gates
  4. “Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world. If you do so, you are insulting yourself.” – Bill Gates
  5. “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten.” – Bill Gates
  6. “I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.” – Bill Gates
  7. “If you are born poor it’s not your mistake, but if you die poor it’s your mistake.” – Bill Gates
  8. “I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will be moved to act.” – Bill Gates
  9. “Patience is a key element of success.” – Bill Gates
  10. “If your culture doesn’t like geeks, you are in real trouble.” – Bill Gates
  11. “To win big, you sometimes have to take big risks.” – Bill Gates
  12. “Life is not fair; get used to it.” – Bill Gates
  13. “We make the future sustainable when we invest in the poor, not when we insist on their suffering.” – Bill Gates
  14. “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” – Bill Gates
  15. “Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.” – Bill Gates
  16. “Our success has really been based on partnerships from the very beginning.” – Bill Gates
  17. “Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana.” – Bill Gates
  18. “The most amazing philanthropists are people who are actually making a significant sacrifice.” – Bill Gates
  19. “Software is a great combination between artistry and engineering.” – Bill Gates
  20. “The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.” – Bill Gates
  21. “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.” – Bill Gates
  22. “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” – Bill Gates
  23. “Treatment without prevention is simply unsustainable.” – Bill Gates
  24. “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates
  25. “If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss.” – Bill Gates
  26. “Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.” – Bill Gates
  27. “Drones overall will be more impactful than I think people recognize, in positive ways to help society.” – Bill Gates
  28. “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
  29. “Money has no utility to me beyond a certain point.” – Bill Gates
  30. “Don’t let yourself be lulled into inaction.” – Bill Gates
  31. “Often you have to rely on intuition.” – Bill Gates
  32. “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
  33. “If you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will be moved to act.” – Bill Gates
  34. “We’ve got to put a lot of money into changing behavior.” – Bill Gates
  35. “People always fear change. People feared electricity when it was invented, didn’t they?” – Bill Gates
  36. “I am not a fan of the way this willingness to take shortcuts has spread to parts of the culture.” – Bill Gates
  37. “How you gather, manage, and use information will determine whether you win or lose.” – Bill Gates
  38. “Power comes not from knowledge kept but from knowledge shared.” – Bill Gates
  39. “A fundamental new rule for business is that the Internet changes everything.” – Bill Gates
  40. “Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring aircraft building progress by weight.” – Bill Gates
  41. “Expectations are a form of first-class truth: If people believe it, it’s true.” – Bill Gates
  42. “Learning from mistakes and constantly improving products is a key in all successful companies.” – Bill Gates
  43. “We are changing the world with technology.” – Bill Gates
  44. “Innovation is moving at a scarily fast pace.” – Bill Gates
  45. “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.” – Bill Gates
  46. “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.” – Bill Gates
  47. “DNA is like a computer program but far, far more advanced than any software ever created.” – Bill Gates
  48. “When the rate of change outside exceeds the rate of change inside, the end is in sight.” – Bill Gates
  49. “The future of advertising is the Internet.” – Bill Gates
  50. “The vision is really about empowering workers, giving them all the information about what’s going on so they can do a lot more than they’ve done in the past.” – Bill Gates

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