We’ve got to put a lot of money into changing behavior.
Money has no utility to me beyond a certain point.
Americans want students to get the best education possible. We want schools to prepare children to become good citizens and members of a prosperous American economy.
Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world. If you do so, you are insulting yourself.
I failed in some subjects in exams, but my friend passed in all. Now he is an engineer in Microsoft and I am the owner of Microsoft.
Everyone needs a coach. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a basketball player, a tennis player, a gymnast, or a bridge player.
Business people need to shake off the notion that information is hard to get.
Headlines, in a way, are what mislead you because bad news is a headline, and gradual improvement is not.
Innovation is moving at a scarily fast pace.
Unfortunately, the highly curious student is a small percentage of the kids.
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.
There is a certain responsibility that accrued to me when I got to this unexpected position.
Life is not fair, get used to it.
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.
To win big, you sometimes need to take big risks.
A company’s ability to respond to an unplanned event, good or bad, is a prime indicator of its ability to compete.
I have been struck again and again by how important measurement is to improving the human condition.
If you were born poor it’s not your mistake, but if you die poor it’s your mistake.
When I was in my 40s, Microsoft was my primary activity.
We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.
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.
Expectations are a form of first-class truth: If people believe it, it’s true.
I am results-oriented.
If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.
I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will be moved to act.
The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
The general idea of the rich helping the poor, I think, is important.
This is a fantastic time to be entering the business world because business is going to change more in the next 10 years than it has in the last 50.
If you are born poor it’s not your mistake, But if you die poor it’s your mistake.
Our success has really been based on partnerships from the very beginning.
Reward worthy failure—experimentation.
Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping – they called it opportunity.
Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.
Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
Only a few businesses will succeed by having the lowest price, so most will need a strategy that includes customer services.
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.
I believe in innovation and that the way you get innovation is you fund research and you learn the basic facts.
I don’t know has become ‘I don’t know yet.
If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 MPG.
Life is not fair – get used to it!
People always fear change. People feared electricity when it was invented, didn’t they?
Television is not real life. In real life, people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
I never took a day off in my twenties. Not one.
Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.
Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don’t think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without talking about the other.
We are not even close to finishing the basic dream of what the PC can be.
I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.
The future of advertising is the Internet.
Of my mental cycles, I devote maybe 10% to business thinking. Business isn’t that complicated. I wouldn’t want that on my business card.
Exposure from a young age to the realities of the world is a super-big thing.
I believe the returns on investment in the poor are just as exciting as successes achieved in the business arena, and they are even more meaningful.
You see, antiquated ideas of kindness and generosity are simply bugs that must be programmed out of our world. And these cold, unfeeling machines show us the way.
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.
We make the future sustainable when we invest in the poor, not when we insist on their suffering.
Who decides what’s in Windows? The customers who buy it.
In business, the idea of measuring what you are doing, picking the measurements that count like customer satisfaction and performance… you thrive on that.
I was lucky to be involved and get to contribute to something that was important, which is empowering people with software.
The best teacher is very interactive.
The most amazing philanthropists are people who are actually making a significant sacrifice.