88+ Powerful Bill Gates Quotes On Hard Work, Success & Empathy

88+ Powerful Bill Gates Quotes On Hard Work, Success & Empathy

Bill Gates is an investor, author, philanthropist, and American businessman.

He is the co-founder of the well-renowned company: Microsoft Corporation, along with his late friend Paul Allen.

In May 2021, Gates has an estimated net worth of $144B, making him the fourth-richest person in the world.

We've put together an incredible collection of Bill Gates quotes to read.

Here they are:

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List of Inspiring Bill Gates Quotes

“Patience is a key element of success.” ― Bill Gates


“To win big, you sometimes have to take big risks.” – Bill Gates


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


“Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world. If you do so, you are insulting yourself.” – Bill Gates


“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


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


“I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will be moved to act.” – Bill Gates


“In business, the idea of measuring what you are doing, picking the measurements that count like customer satisfaction and performance… you thrive on that.” – Bill Gates


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


“Americans want students to get the best education possible. We want schools to prepare children to become good citizens and members of a prosperous American economy.” – Bill Gates


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


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


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


“Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world. If you do so, you are insulting yourself.” ― Bill Gates


“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.” – Bill Gates


“If I’d had some set idea of a finish line, don’t you think I would have crossed it years ago?” ― Bill Gates


“Until we’re educating every kid in a fantastic way until ever inner city is cleaned up, there is no shortage of things to do.” – Bill Gates


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


“I have been struck again and again by how important measurement is to improving the human condition.” ― Bill Gates


“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.” ― Bill Gates


“Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off, and very few employers are interested in helping you. Find yourself.” – Bill Gates


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


“The most amazing philanthropists are people who are actually making a significant sacrifice.” – Bill Gates


“We make the future sustainable when we invest in the poor, not when we insist on their suffering.” – Bill Gates


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


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


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


“Life is not fair – get used to it.” ― Bill Gates


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


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


“Who decides what’s in Windows? The customers who buy it.” – Bill Gates


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


“There is a certain responsibility that accrued to me when I got to this unexpected position.” – Bill Gates


“We’ve got to put a lot of money into changing behavior.” ― Bill Gates


“I can understand wanting to have millions of dollars, there’s a certain freedom, meaningful freedom, that comes with that. ‘But once you get much beyond that, I have to tell you, it’s the same hamburger.” ― Bill Gates


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


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


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


“Everyone needs a coach. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a basketball player, a tennis player, a gymnast or a bridge player.” – Bill Gates


“I do think this next century, hopefully, will be about a more global view. Where you don’t just think, ‘Yes, my country is doing well,’ but you think about the world at large.” – Bill Gates


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


“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.” ― Bill Gates


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


“The best teacher is very interactive.” – Bill Gates


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


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


“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.” – Bill Gates “Patience is a key element of success.” – Bill Gates


“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.” – Bill Gates


“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


“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.” – Bill Gates


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


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


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


“Whether I’m at the office, at home, or on the road, I always have a stack of books I’m looking forward to reading.” – Bill Gates


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


“You see, antiquated ideas of kindness and generosity are simply bugs that must be programmed out of our world. And these cold, unfeeling machines show us the way.” – Bill Gates


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


“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.” ― Bill Gates


“If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure.” – Bill Gates


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


“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.” – Bill Gates


“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.” ― Bill Gates


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


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


“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.” – Bill Gates


“If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 MPG.” – Bill Gates


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


“We’ve got to put a lot of money into changing behavior.” – Bill Gates


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


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


“If you are born poor its not your mistake, But if you die poor its your mistake.” ― Bill Gates


“If I’d had some set idea of a finish line, don’t you think I would have crossed it years ago?” – Bill Gates


“Effective philanthropy requires a lot of time and creativity – the same kind of focus and skills that building a business requires.” – Bill Gates


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


“I believe in innovation and that the way you get innovation is you fund research and you learn the basic facts.” – Bill Gates


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


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


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


“The general idea of the rich helping the poor, I think, is important.” – Bill Gates


“I am not a topper in my university but all toppers are working in my Microsoft company. > “– Bill Gates


“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.” ― Bill Gates


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


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


“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.” – Bill Gates


“I failed in some subjects in exam, but my friend passed in all. Now he is an engineer in Microsoft and I am the owner of Microsoft.” ― Bill Gates


“To win big, you sometimes have to take big risks.” ― Bill Gates


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