30 Famous Bill Gates Quotes to Inspire You

Bill Gates

Famous Bill Gates Quotes: Bill Gates is an American business magnate, software developer, and philanthropist. He is best known as the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation. Gates has been ranked as one of the richest people in the world by Forbes magazine for many years. In 2015, he was estimated to be the wealthiest person in the world with a net worth of $79.2 billion. Gates is also one of the most generous philanthropists in the world, having given away over $28 billion to charitable causes.

Gates was born on October 28, 1955, in Seattle, Washington. His father, William H. Gates Sr., was a prominent lawyer, and his mother, Mary Maxwell Gates, served on the board of directors for First Interstate BancSystem and the United Way. Gates attended Lakeside School, a private preparatory school in Seattle where he developed an early interest in computers

Common Questions about Bill Gates

How did Bill Gates start Microsoft?

Inspired by the January cover of Popular Electronics magazine, friends Bill Gates and Paul Allen started Microsoft – sometimes Micro-Soft, for microprocessors and software – to develop software for the Altair 8800, an early personal computer.

Where did Bill Gates go to college?

Bill Gates attended Harvard University. However, he dropped out in his junior year to found Microsoft with his friend Paul Allen.

Our Favorite Famous Bill Gates Quotes

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

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

“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.”

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

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

“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.”

“If you give people tools, and they use their natural abilities and their curiosity, they will develop things in ways that will surprise you very much beyond what you might have expected.”

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

“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...”

“DNA is like a computer program but far, far more advanced than any software ever created.”

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

“Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring aircraft building progress by weight.”

“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.”

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


“Power comes not from knowledge kept but from knowledge shared.”

“Well, Steve [Jobs]… I think it’s more like we both had this rich neighbour named Xerox and I broke into his house to steal the TV set and found out that you had already stolen it.”

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

“I believe that if you show people the problems and you show Them The Solutions They Will Be Moved To Act”

“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 exciting.”

“If you can't make it good,at least make it look good.” ― Bill Gates, What Will Be: How the New World of Information Will

“There’s no magic line between an application and an operating system that some bureaucrat in Washington should draw. It’s like saying that as of 1932, cars didn’t have radios in them, so they should never have radios in them.”

“Well, I went for a ride but I didn't find my car”

“I studied every thing but never topped.. But today the toppers of the best universities are my employees"

“In this business, by the time you realize you are in trouble, it's too late to save yourself. Unless your running scared all the time, you're gone.”

“Business is a money game with few rules and a lot of risk.

“[Bill] Gates said he connected with [Eddy] Izzard even though it would appear they have nothing in common — but that might be the point the author is trying to communicate. "I've recently discovered that I have a lot in common with a funny, dyslexic, transgender actor, comedian, escape artist, unicyclist, ultra-marathoner, and pilot from Great Britain. Except all of the above," Gates wrote. "We're all cut from the same cloth. In his words, 'We are all totally different, but we are all exactly the same”

“In my view, investing in public libraries is an investment in the nation's future."

“Most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a day - and overestimate what they can accomplish in a year.”


“It’s the main thing I do in my life. I read and I chew glasses. That’s my job.

“The vision is 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”

“Be nice to nerds. You may end up working for them. We all could.”

“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.”