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“The information society should serve all of its citizens, not only the technically sophisticated and economically privileged.”

 

Bill Gates

“The world at large is less inequitable today than at any time in history. Number of people in abject poverty, as a percentage, is at all-time low.”

 

Bill Gates

“The huge turnout for Live 8 here and around the world proves that thanks to the leadership from people like Tony Blair and Gordon Brown the world is beginning to demand more action on global health and poverty.”

 

Bill Gates

“There’s a unique thing about the UK, where you give a very generous foreign aid budget to support globally, which is spent wisely. We partner with the government here to make sure that that money is spent well.”

 

Bill Gates

“Nobody believes in completely unadulterated capitalism.”

 

Bill Gates

“Whenever you have multiple devices including multiple PCs that you want to share information with, it’s always been a bit complicated.”

 

Bill Gates

“There’s a true schizophrenia where if you say to voters, you know, do you think the federal government spends too much money and they should spend less, they say yeah, absolutely. Then you name specific things, like Pell grants for students and they say, no, not that. How ’bout NIH, medical research funding? Nah, you really shouldn’t cut that. And pretty soon you’ve proved that what the American public is against is arithmetic.”

 

Bill Gates

“I’m going to retain a lot of Microsoft’s stock.”

 

Bill Gates

“Some people, through luck and skill, end up with a lot of assets. If you’re good at kicking a ball, writing software, investing in stocks, it pays extremely well.”

 

Bill Gates

“Now, we put out 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.”

 

Bill Gates

“Teams should be able to act with the same unity of purpose and focus as a well motivated individual.”

 

Bill Gates

“So it’s an absolute lie that has killed thousands of kids. Because the mothers who heard that lie, many of them didn’t have their kids take either pertussis or measles vaccine, and their children are dead today. And so the people who go and engage in those anti-vaccine efforts — you know, they, they kill children. It’s a very sad thing, because these vaccines are important.”

 

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

“Like my friend Warren Buffett, I feel particularly lucky to do something every day that I love to do. He calls it “tap dancing to work.””

 

Bill Gates

“Make sure people get educated, help out with health emergencies. Those things, the government should do. That’s 96 per cent of the economy, those two sectors.”

 

Bill Gates

“In a system of capitalism, as people’s wealth rises, the financial incentive to serve them rises. As their wealth falls, the financial incentive to serve them falls, until it becomes zero. We have to find a way to make the aspects of capitalism that serve wealthier people serve poorer people as well.”

 

Bill Gates

“The UK is a very international country.”

 

Bill Gates

“Let’s face it, the average computer user has the brain of a Spider Monkey.”

 

Bill Gates

“We really have to work hard to remind people even though this is far away, that’s it’s probably the most generous thing governments have ever come together to do. Since World War II, this new institution is the only one that’s emerged and is saving all these lives.”

 

Bill Gates