"640K ought to be enough for anybody."
"Almost every way we make electricity today, except for the emerging renewables and nuclear, puts out CO2. And so, what we’re going to have to do at a global scale, is create a new system. And so, we need energy miracles."
"As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others."
"At Microsoft there are lots of brilliant ideas but the image is that they all come from the top – I’m afraid that’s not quite right."
"Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one."
"DOS is ugly and interferes with users’ experience."
"Governments will always play a huge part in solving big problems. They set public policy and are uniquely able to provide the resources to make sure solutions reach everyone who needs them. They also fund basic research, which is a crucial component of the innovation that improves life for everyone."
"I actually thought that it would be a little confusing during the same period of your life to be in one meeting when you’re trying to make money, and then go to another meeting where you’re giving it away. I mean is it gonna erode your ability, you know, to make money? Are you gonna somehow get confused about what you’re trying to do?"
"I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will be moved to act.
"I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it."
"If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 MPG."
"If I’d had some set idea of a finish line, don’t you think I would have crossed it years ago?"
"If you can’t make it good, at lease make it look good."
"If you are born poor, it’s not your mistake, but if you die poor it’s your mistake."
"If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure."
"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."
"Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don’t think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other."
"Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana."
"In this business, by the time you realize you’re in trouble, it’s too late to save yourself. Unless you’re running scared all the time, you’re gone."
"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."
"It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure."
"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."
"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."
"Life is not divided up into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself."
"Life is not fair; get used to it."
"Now, we put a lot of carbon dioxide every year, over 26 billion tons. For each American, it’s about 20 tons. For people in poor countries, it’s less than one ton. It’s an average of about five tons for everyone on the planet. And, somehow, we have to make changes that will bring that down to zero."
"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."
"Since when has the world of computer software design been about what people want? This is a simple question of evolution. The day is quickly coming when every knee will bow down to a silicon fist, and you will all beg your binary gods for mercy."
"Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose."
"Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important."
"Television is not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs."
"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."
"The internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow."
"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."
"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."
"Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning."
"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."
"Whether it’s Google or Apple or free software, we’ve got some fantastic competitors and it keeps us on our toes."