“I read an hour almost every night. It's part of falling asleep.”

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

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

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

” 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.”

” Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana.”

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

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

” The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.”

” 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.”

” If you have 50 different plug types, appliances wouldn’t be available and would be very expensive.” But once an electric outlet becomes standardized, many companies can design appliances, and competition ensues, creating variety and better prices for consumers

” 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.”

” If you go back to 1800, everybody was poor.” I mean everybody.” The Industrial Revolution kicked in, and a lot of countries benefited, but by no means everyone.”

Climate change is a terrible problem, and it absolutely needs to be solved.” It deserves to be a huge priority.”

” Software is a great combination between artistry and engineering.”

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

” China adopted a capitalist system in the 1980s, and they went from a 60% poverty rate to 10%.”

” If your culture doesn’t like geeks, you are in real trouble.”

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

” Bitcoin is mostly about anonymous transactions, and I don’t think over time that’s a good way to go.” I’m a huge believe in digital currency.”.”.” but doing it on an anonymous basis I think that leads to some abuses, so I’m not involved in Bitcoin.”

” 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.”

” Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”

” The future of advertising is the Internet.”

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

” Microsoft is not about greed.” It’s about innovation and fairness.”

” 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.”

” 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 inner-city, low-income communities of color, there’s such a high correlation in terms of educational quality and success.”

” In American math classes, we teach a lot of concepts poorly over many years.” In the Asian systems they teach you very few concepts very well over a few years.”

” I spend a lot of time reading.”

” The AIDS is a disease that is hard to talk about

” Well, no one gives aid to Zimbabwe through the Mugabe government.”

” Well I think any author or musician is anxious to have legitimate sales of their products, partly so they’re rewarded for their success, partly so they can go on and do new things.”

” Legacy is a stupid thing! I don’t want a legacy.”

” I am results-oriented.”

” You have to have a certain realism that government is a pretty blunt instrument, and without the constant attention of highly qualified people with the right metrics, it will fall into not doing things very well.”

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

” People should just buy a CD and rip it.” You are legal then.”

” 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.”

” The most interesting biofuel efforts avoid using land that’s expensive and has high opportunity costs.” They do this by getting onto other types of land, or taking advantage of byproducts that aren’t used in the food chain today, or by intercropping.”

” China is certainly an important player in the global economy, and a widespread AIDS epidemic would threaten that growth.”

” By improving health, empowering women, population growth comes down.”

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

” 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.”

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

” I went to a public school through sixth grade, and being good at tests wasn’t cool.”

” I have been struck again and again by how important measurement is to improving the human condition.”

” In poor countries, we still need better ways to measure the effectiveness of the many government workers providing health services.” They are the crucial link bringing tools such as vaccines and education to the people who need them most.” How well trained are they? Are they showing up to work?

” Africa is on the rise

” 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.”

” Historically, privacy was almost implicit, because it was hard to find and gather information.” But in the digital world, whether it’s digital cameras or satellites or just what you click on, we need to have more explicit rules – not just for governments but for private companies.”

” 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.”

” Connectivity enables transparency for better government, education, and health.”

” The worst pandemic in modern history was the Spanish flu of 1918, which killed tens of millions of people.” Today, with how interconnected the world is, it would spread faster.”

” If you’ve found some way to educate yourself about engineering, stocks, or whatever it is, good employers will have some type of exam or interview and see a sample of your work.”

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

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

” When the PC was launched, people knew it was important.”

” DOS is ugly and interferes with users’ experience.”

” I have an excellent memory, a most excellent memory.”

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

” 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 are in the throes of a transition where every publication has to think of their digital strategy.”

” The potential financial reward for building the ‘next Windows’ is so great that there will never be a shortage of new technologies seeking to challenge it.”

” Philanthropy should be voluntary.”

” Well-spent aid money is saving lives for a few thousand dollars per life saved.”

” Whether I’m at the office, at home, or on the road, I always have a stack of books I’m looking forward to reading.”

” It’s a nice reader, but there’s nothing on the iPad I look at and say, ‘Oh, I wish Microsoft had done it.”‘

” Considering their impact, you might expect mosquitoes to get more attention than they do.” Sharks kill fewer than a dozen people every year, and in the U.”S.” they get a week dedicated to them on TV every year.”

” Technology is unlocking the innate compassion we have for our fellow human beings.”

” Certainly there’s a phenomenon around open source.” You know free software will be a vibrant area.” There will be a lot of neat things that get done there.”

” Nobody spends any money on smallpox unless they worry about a bio-terrorist recreating it.”

” In almost every area of human endeavor, the practice improves over time.” That hasn’t been the case for teaching.”

” Measles will always show you if someone isn’t doing a good job on vaccinations.” Kids will start dying of measles.”

” The Gates Foundation has learned that two questions can predict how much kids learn: ‘Does your teacher use class time well?’ and, ‘When you’re confused, does your teacher help you get straightened out?’

” Treatment without prevention is simply unsustainable.”

” 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.”

” Helping convene global stakeholders to establish a set of measurable, actionable and consensus-built goals focused on extreme poverty is invaluable.”

” Being flooded with information doesn’t mean we have the right information or that we’re in touch with the right people.”

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

” 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.”

” Nuclear energy, in terms of an overall safety record, is better than other energy.”

” The U.”S.” immigration laws are bad – really, really bad.” I’d say treatment of immigrants is one of the greatest injustices done in our government’s name.”

” We are not even close to finishing the basic dream of what the PC can be.”

” Innovation is a good thing.” The human condition – put aside bioterrorism and a few footnotes – is improving because of innovation.”

” When you revolutionize education, you’re taking the very mechanism of how people be smarter and do new things, and you’re priming the pump for so many incredible things.”

” A lot of people assume that creating software is purely a solitary activity where you sit in an office with the door closed all day and write lots of code.”

” Fortunately for India, it has got a growing economy.” If it is doing the right things with taxation and focusing on the right areas for human development, it is going to have no problem, over a period of time, taking care of its own needs.”

” Money has no utility to me beyond a certain point.”

” In ninth grade, I came up with a new form of rebellion.” I hadn’t been getting good grades, but I decided to get all A’s without taking a book home.” I didn’t go to math class, because I knew enough and had read ahead, and I placed within the top 10 people in the nation on an aptitude exam.”

” Skype actually does get a fair bit of revenue.”

” Globalization has made copper and other minerals more valuable, and Ghana and Kenya have recently discovered mineral resources

” I get more spam than anyone I know.”

” 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.”

” 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.”

” There is no author whose books I look forward to more than Vaclav Smil.”

” 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.”

” We should all grow our own food and do our own waste processing, we really should.”

” I remember thinking quite logically that I didn’t want to spoil my children with wealth and so that I would create a foundation, but not knowing exactly what it would focus on.”

” Innovation is moving at a scarily fast pace.”

” We’ve got to put a lot of money into changing behavior.”

” The difference between a stranger sending you a message that you might be interested in at a very low volume level, no repetition, just sending it to very few people, and that being done as spam – those things get close enough that you want to be careful never to filter out something that’s legitimate.”

” If you’re a person struggling to eat and stay healthy, you might have heard about Michael Jordan or Muhammad Ali, but you’ll never have heard of Bill Gates.”

” I have a nice office.” I have a nice house.”.”.” So I’m not denying myself some great things.” I just don’t happen to have expensive hobbies.”

” The misconception that aid falls straight into the hands of dictators largely stems from the Cold War era.”

” 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.”

” If you are born poor its not your mistake, But if you die poor its your mistake.”

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