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William Henry Gates III (born 28 October 1955) is the co-founder of Microsoft, and founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Forbes magazine has ranked him as the richest person in the world for twelve consecutive years.

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1. “It's easier for our software to compete with Linux when there's piracy than when there's not.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: Wikiquote: "Bill Gates" (Sourced, 2000s) Fortune Magazine, July 17 2007

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

—Bill Gates

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Source: The Road Ahead (1995)

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

—Bill Gates

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Source: Business*The Speed of Thought (1999)

4. “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.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: TIME magazine Vol. 149, No. 2 (13 January 1997)

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

—Bill Gates

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Source: The Wall Street Journal (December 29, 2011).

6. “In terms of doing things I take a fairly scientific approach to why things happen and how they happen. I don't know if there's a god or not, but I think religious principles are quite valid.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: PBS interview with David Frost (November 1995)

7. “To create a new standard, it takes something that's not just a little bit different; it takes something that's really new and really captures people's imagination — and the Macintosh, of all the machines I've ever seen, is the only one that meets that standard.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: Apple company event (October 1983) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5J3FUOCRXPo

8. “I believe OS/2 is destined to be the most important operating system, and possibly program, of all time.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: OS/2 Programmers Guide, November 1987

9. “Microsoft has had clear competitors in the past. It’s a good thing we have museums to document that.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: Speech at the Computer History Museum, as quoted in InfoWorld magazine (October 2001)

10. “It's possible, you can never know, that the universe exists only for me. If so, it's sure going well for me, I must admit.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: TIME magazine Vol. 149, No. 2 (13 January 1997)

11. “If you show people the problems and you show people the solutions they will be moved to act.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: At Live8 (2 July 2005) as reported in BBC News (4 July 2005)

12. “You know, I'm a big believer in touch and digital reading, but I still think that some mixture of voice, the pen and a real keyboard - in other words a netbook - will be the mainstream on that.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: Wikiquote: "Bill Gates" (Sourced, 2000s) Quoted in (February 2010) http://blogs.bnet.com/corporate-strategy/?p=101

13. “The obvious mathematical breakthrough would be development of an easy way to factor large prime numbers.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: The Road Ahead (1995) p. 265 in hardcover edition, corrected in paperback

14. “About 3 million computers get sold every year in China, but people don't pay for the software. Someday they will, though. As long as they are going to steal it, we want them to steal ours. They'll get sort of addicted, and then we'll somehow figure out how to collect sometime in the next decade.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: Speech at the University of Washington, as reported in "Gates, Buffett a bit bearish" CNET News (2 July 1998) : The term "CNET News" is used by CNET Networks, Inc. in 2006.

15. “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 irritating.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: "Why I Hate Spam" in Microsoft PressPass (2003)

16. “[I]t's not like I sit there and feel the same way I did with iPhone where I say, ‘Oh my God, Microsoft didn't aim high enough.’ It's a nice reader, but there's nothing on the iPad I look at and say, ‘Oh, I wish Microsoft had done it.’”

—Bill Gates

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Source: "Bill Gates Joins the iPad's Army of Critics. Steve Jobs Couldn't Care Less." CBS MoneyWatch (11 February 2010)

17. “The best way to prepare [to be a programmer] is to write programs, and to study great programs that other people have written. In my case, I went to the garbage cans at the Computer Science Center and fished out listings of their operating system.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: Interview from Programmers at Work (1986): Suzanne Lammers, Programmers at Work: Interviews With 19 Programmers Who Shaped the Computer Industry, Harper and Row, ISBN 0-914-84571-3. Text here.

18. “The moral systems of religion, I think, are superimportant. We've raised our kids in a religious way; they've gone to the Catholic church that Melinda goes to and I participate in. I've been very lucky, and therefore I owe it to try and reduce the inequity in the world. And that's kind of a religious belief. I mean, it's at least a moral belief.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: The Rolling Stone Interview (2014) Response when he was asked whether he believed in God, at his interview with the Rolling Stone Magazine. March 27, 2014.

19. “Instead of buying airplanes and playing around like some of our competitors, we've rolled almost everything back into the company.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: Comment to reporters during the IBM PC launch (1981), interpreted as a jab at Gary Kildall

20. “Spam will be a thing of the past in two years' time.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: BBC News (24 January 2004)

21. “Personal computing today is a rich ecosystem encompassing massive PC-based data centers, notebook and Tablet PCs, handheld devices, and smart cell phones. It has expanded from the desktop and the data center to wherever people need it — at their desks, in a meeting, on the road or even in the air.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: "The PC Era Is Just Beginning" in Business Week (22 March 2005)

22. “I'm a big believer that as much as possible, and there's obviously political limitations, freedom of migration is a good thing.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: "Bill Gates backs immigration reform on Mexico trip" Reuters (21 March 2007)

23. “Just giving people devices has a really horrible track record. You really have to change the curriculum and the teacher. And it's never going to work on a device where you don't have a keyboard-type input. Students aren't there just to read things. They're actually supposed to be able to write and communicate. And so it's going to be more in the PC realm—it's going to be a low-cost PC that lets them be highly interactive.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: A Conversation With Bill Gates About the Future of Higher Education in The Chronicle of Higher Education (25 June 2012)

24. “One of the wonderful things about the information highway is that virtual equity is far easier to achieve than real-world equity...We are all created equal in the virtual world and we can use this equality to help address some of the sociological problems that society has yet to solve in the physical world.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: The Road Ahead (1995)

25. “If something is expensive to develop, and somebody's not going to get paid, it won't get developed. So you decide: Do you want software to be written, or not?”

—Bill Gates

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Source: Interview with Dennis Bathory-Kitsz in 80 Microcomputing (1980) Clips from the interview can be found on "No Money (Lullaby for Bill)" by Dennis Báthory-Kitsz.

26. “It's not manufacturers trying to rip anybody off or anything like that. There's nobody getting rich writing software that I know of.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: Interview with Dennis Bathory-Kitsz in 80 Microcomputing (1980)

27. “The next generation of interesting software will be done on the Macintosh, not the IBM PC.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: BusinessWeek, 26 November 1984

28. “There's only one trick in software, and that is using a piece of software that's already been written.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: Interview with Electronics magazine (1989)

29. “One thing we have got to change in our strategy - allowing Office documents to be rendered very well by other peoples browsers is one of the most destructive things we could do to the company. We have to stop putting any effort into this and make sure that Office documents very well depends on PROPRIETARY IE capabilities.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: 1998 a memo to the Office product grouphttp://antitrust.slated.org/www.iowaconsumercase.org/011607/2000/PX02991.pdf

30. “We don't have the user centricity. Until we understand context, which is way beyond presence — presence is the most trivial notion, just am I on this device or not; it doesn't say am I meeting with something, am I focused on writing something.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: .NET Briefing Day Speech (24 July 2002)

31. “I wish I wasn't … There's nothing good that comes out of that. You get more visibility as a result of it.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: On being the world's richest man, in an online advertising conference in Redmond, Washington, as quoted in The Guardian (5 May 2006)

32. “If people had understood how patents would be granted when most of today's ideas were invented, and had taken out patents, the industry would be at a complete standstill today.… The solution to this is patent exchanges with large companies and patenting as much as we can.”

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Source: "Challenges and Strategy" (16 May 1991). Note that this quotation has been paired with a misattributed quotation.

33. “Gary Kildall was one of the original pioneers of the PC revolution. He was a very creative computer scientist who did excellent work. Although we were competitors, I always had tremendous respect for his contributions to the PC industry. His untimely death was very unfortunate and he and his work will be missed.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: The Computer Chronicles. "Special Edition: Gary Kildall." 1995

34. “There are no significant bugs in our released software that any significant number of users want fixed. … I'm saying we don't do a new version to fix bugs. We don't. Not enough people would buy it. You can take a hundred people using Microsoft Word. Call them up and say ‘Would you buy a new version because of bugs?’ You won't get a single person to say they'd buy a new version because of bugs. We'd never be able to sell a release on that basis.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: Focus Magazine No. 43 (23 October 1995)

35. “What we're saying to people is that every idea about ease-of-use, we can develop in software, for the PC, without asking them to buy new hardware, without asking them to throw away their old applications.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: Bill Gates Charlie Rose Interview on Charlie Rose (25 November 1996)

36. “We've done some good work, but all of these products become obsolete so fast... It will be some finite number of years, and I don't know the number — before our doom comes.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: Forbes Greatest Business Stories of All Time (1997) by Daniel Gross ISBN 0471196533

37. “Sometimes we do get taken by surprise. For example, when the Internet came along, we had it as a fifth or sixth priority. It wasn't like somebody told me about it and I said, ‘I don't know how to spell that.’ I said, ‘Yeah, I've got that on my list, so I'm okay.’ But there came a point when we realized it was happening faster and was a much deeper phenomenon than had been recognized in our strategy.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: Speech at the University of Washington, as reported in "Gates, Buffett a bit bearish" CNET News (2 July 1998) : The term "CNET News" is used by CNET Networks, Inc. in 2006.

38. “Does the e-mail say it's about 'enlargement' — that might be spam.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: BBC News (24 January 2004)

39. “Understand that this is the last physical format there will ever be.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: On Blu-ray. interview The Daily Princetonian (14 Oct 2005)

40. “Stolen's a strong word. It's copyrighted content that the owner wasn't paid for. So yes.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: On his use of YouTube to watch videos. "Bill Gates on ...the Competition" in The Wall Street Journal (19 June 2006); also quoted in "Bill Gates' piracy confession" at ComputerWorld.com

41. “If you just want to say, ‘Steve Jobs invented the world, and then the rest of us came along,’ that's fine. If you’re interested, [Vista development chief] Jim Allchin will be glad to educate you feature by feature what the truth is. … Let’s be realistic, who came up with ‘File/Edit/View/Help’? Do you want to go back to the original Mac and think about where those interface concepts came from?”

—Bill Gates

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Source: Interview with Steven Levy in Newsweek (31 January 2007) "Finally, Vista Makes Its Debut. Now What?"

42. “Robots will play an important role in providing physical assistance and even companionship for the elderly.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: Watchtower ONLINE LIBRARY

43. “You've got to be willing to read other people's code, and then write your own, then have other people review your code. You've got to want to be in this incredible feedback loop where you get the world-class people to tell you what you're doing wrong...”

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Source: Interview from Programmers at Work (1986): Suzanne Lammers, Programmers at Work: Interviews With 19 Programmers Who Shaped the Computer Industry, Harper and Row, ISBN 0-914-84571-3. Text here.

44. “The finest pieces of software are those where one individual has a complete sense of exactly how the program works. To have that, you have to really love the program and concentrate on keeping it simple, to an incredible degree.”

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45. “We're no longer in the days where everything is super well crafted. But at the heart of the programs that make it to the top, you'll find that the key internal code was done by a few people who really know what they were doing.”

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46. “Unfortunately, many programs are so big that there is no one individual who really knows all the pieces, and so the amount of code sharing you get isn't as great. Also, the opportunity to go back and really rewrite something isn't quite as great, because there's always a new set of features that you're adding on to the same program.”

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47. “The worst programs are the ones where the programmers doing the original work don't lay a solid foundation, and then they're not involved in the program in the future.”

—Bill Gates

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48. “Programs today get very fat; the enhancements tend to slow the programs down because people put in special checks. When they want to add some feature, they'll just stick in these checks without thinking how they might slow the thing down.”

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49. “Before Paul and I started the company, we had been involved in some large-scale software projects that were real disasters. They just kept pouring people in, and nobody knew how they were going to stabilize the project. We swore to ourselves that we would do better.”

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50. “This leads to the paradox, that because the disease is only in the poor countries, there is not much investment. For example, there is more money put into baldness drugs, than are put into malaria. Now, baldness, it is a terrible thing [audience laughter] and rich men are afflicted, so that is why that priority is set.”

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Source: TED, February 2009 Video may be viewed here.

51. “First we've got population. Now, the world today has 6.8 billion people. That's headed up to about nine billion. Now, if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that (forecast) by, perhaps, 10 or 15 percent, but there we see an increase of about 1.3 (per year). (Full speech on the official website of the TED Conference)”

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Source: TED, February 2010

52. “Let's burn the 99%. (Referring to Nuclear Fusion involving commonly available elements as oppoosed to Nuclear Fission with rare Uranium)”

—Bill Gates

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Source: TED, February 2010

53. “He [Steve Jobs] showed me the boat he was working on … and talked about how he's looking forward to being on it, even though we both knew there was a good chance that wouldn't happen.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: cbsnews.com

54. “We would like every country to be self-sufficient so that both in terms of running a good primary health care system and funding a good primary health care system, it’s all OK, and they just participate in regional bodies that have standby capacity to deal with these things. Africa, of all the places in the world, is the furthest behind on being able to do that. And through aid, health and health systems in Africa have improved very, very dramatically.”

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Source: Politico.com interview 2014 politico.com

55. “I see little commercial potential for the internet for the next 10 years.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: Remarks at COMDEX (November 1994), attributed in Kommunikation erstatter transport (2009) by Karl Krarup et al.

56. “I have to say that in 1981, making those decisions, I felt like I was providing enough freedom for 10 years. That is, a move from 64 K to 640 K felt like something that would last a great deal of time. Well, it didn't - it took about only 6 years before people started to see that as a real problem.”

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Source: 1989 speech on the history of the microcomputer industry. http://www.csclub.uwaterloo.ca/media/1989%20Bill%20Gates%20Talk%20on%20Microsoft.html

57. “I laid out memory so the bottom 640 K was general purpose RAM and the upper 384 I reserved for video and ROM, and things like that. That is why they talk about the 640 K limit. It is actually a limit, not of the software, in any way, shape, or form, it is the limit of the microprocessor. That thing generates addresses, 20-bits addresses, that only can address a megabyte of memory. And, therefore, all the applications are tied to that limit. It was ten times what we had before. But to my surprise, we ran out of that address base for applications within—oh five or six years people were complaining.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: (1993), Bill Gates Interview: Winner of the 1993 Price Waterhouse Leadership Award for Lifetime Achievement, Computerworld Smithsonian Awards, publisher: National museum of American history - Smithsonian Institution, retrieved: October 8, 2014

58. “I agree with people like Richard Dawkins that mankind felt the need for creation myths. Before we really began to understand disease and the weather and things like that, we sought false explanations for them. Now science has filled in some of the realm – not all – that religion used to fill. But the mystery and the beauty of the world is overwhelmingly amazing, and there's no scientific explanation of how it came about. To say that it was generated by random numbers, that does seem, you know, sort of an uncharitable view. I think it makes sense to believe in God, but exactly what decision in your life you make differently because of it, I don't know.”

—Bill Gates

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Source: The Rolling Stone Interview (2014) Response when he was asked whether he believed in God, at his interview with the Rolling Stone Magazine. March 27, 2014.

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