"A first-generation fortune is the most likely to be given away, but once a fortune is inherited it's less likely that a very high percentage will go back to society."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."Bill Gates on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."Bill Gates on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Bill Gates on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Bill Gates on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Bill Gates on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."
"Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don't think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other."
"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."
"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."
"If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 MPG."