Top 25 Bill Gates Quotes

“Patience is a key element of success.” 

“People always fear change. People feared electricity when it was invented, didn’t they?”

“If you are born poor it’s not your mistake, but if you die poor it’s your mistake”

“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.”

“I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.”

“If geek means you’re willing to study things, and if you think science and engineering matter, I plead guilty. If your culture doesn’t like geeks, you are in real trouble.”

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

“I don’t know has become ‘I don’t know yet.”

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

“Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping – they called it opportunity.”

“Our success has really been based on partnerships from the very beginning.”

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

“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.” 

“The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.”

“If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.”

“Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.”

“Expectations are a form of first-class truth: If people believe it, it’s true.”

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

“Exposure from a young age to the realities of the world is a super-big thing.”

“Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes, and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.”

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

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

“Television is not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.” 

“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.”

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