Quotes from Bill Gates


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Our teachers deserve better feedback.


According to Ethiopian custom, parents wait to name a baby because children often die in the first weeks of life.


You can't have a rigid view that all new taxes are evil.


K to 12 is partly about babysitting the kids so the parents can do other things.


Digital technology has several features that can make it much easier for teachers to pay special attention to all their students.


Should surveillance be usable for petty crimes like jaywalking or minor drug possession? Or is there a higher threshold for certain information? Those aren't easy questions.


The 'Billionaire' song is what my kids tease me with. They sing it to me. It's funny.


I don't have a magic formula for prioritizing the world's problems.


DOS is ugly and interferes with users' experience.


In low-income countries, getting to a health post is hard. It's very expensive.


Antitrust is the way that the government promotes markets when there are market failures. It has nothing to do with the idea of free information.


The way to be successful in the software world is to come up with breakthrough software, and so whether it's Microsoft Office or Windows, its pushing that forward. New ideas, surprising the marketplace, so good engineering and good business are one in the same.


I was lucky to be involved and get to contribute to something that was important, which is empowering people with software.


There are people who don't like capitalism, and people who don't like PCs. But there's no-one who likes the PC who doesn't like Microsoft.


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


Microsoft Research has a thing called the Sense Cam that, as you walk around, it's taking photos all the time. And the software will filter and find the ones that are interesting without having to think, 'Let's get out the camera and get that shot.' You just have that, and software helps you pick what you want.


The next time someone tells you we can trim the budget by cutting aid, I hope you will ask whether it will come at the cost of more people dying.


The Global Fund is a central player in the progress being achieved on HIV, TB and malaria. It channels resources to help countries fight these diseases. I believe in its impact because I have seen it firsthand.


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!


Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don't think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other.