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1955

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Teenage Bill Gates (right) and Paul Allen at Lakeside High School

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Bill Gates shows the newly-released Windows 3.0

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" This cd-rom can hold more information than all of the paper that's here below me"


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1998


Gates giving his deposition at Microsoft

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Gates and Steve Jobs at the 5th D: All Things Digital conference

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"A first-generation fortune is the most likely to be given away but once a fortune is inherited its less likely that a very high percentage will go back to society."


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"The U.S. couldnt even get rid of Saddam Hussein. And we all know that the EU is just a passing fad. Theyll be killing each other again in less than a year. Im sick to death of all these fascist lawsuits."


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"Just in terms of allocation of time resources religion is not very efficient. Theres a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning."


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"Security is I would say our top priority because for all the exciting things you will be able to do with computers - organizing your lives staying in touch with people being creative - if we dont solve these security problems then people will hold back."


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"People everywhere love Windows."


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"Well private money can take risks in a way that government money often isnt willing to."


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"Although I dont have a prescription for what others should do I know I have been very fortunate and feel a responsibility to give back to society in a very significant way."


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"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."


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"The advance of technology is based on making it fit in so that you dont really even notice it so its part of everyday life."


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"In inner-city low-income communities of color theres such a high correlation in terms of educational quality and success."


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"Like almost everyone who uses e-mail I receive a ton of spam every day. Much of it offers to help me get out of debt or get rich quick. It would be funny if it werent so exciting."


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"Weve got to put a lot of money into changing behavior."


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"Expectations are a form of first-class truth: If people believe it its true."


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"In this business by the time you realize youre in trouble its too late to save yourself. Unless youre running scared all the time youre gone."


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"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."


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"Digital reading will completely take over. Its lightweight and its fantastic for sharing. Over time it will take over."


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"Its really kind of cool to have solar panels on your roof."


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"Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they cant lose."


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"If you think your teacher is tough wait until you get a boss. He doesnt have tenure."


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"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."


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"If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1000 MPG."


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"Well I think any author or musician is anxious to have legitimate sales of their products partly so theyre rewarded for their success partly so they can go on and do new things."


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"We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Dont let yourself be lulled into inaction."


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"If youre using first-class land for biofuels then youre competing with the growing of food. And so youre actually spiking food prices by moving energy production into agriculture."


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"Innovations that are guided by smallholder farmers adapted to local circumstances and sustainable for the economy and environment will be necessary to ensure food security in the future."


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"People always fear change. People feared electricity when it was invented didnt 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."


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"Life is not fair get used to it."


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"Television is not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs."


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"I actually thought that it would be a little confusing during the same period of your life to be in one meeting when youre trying to make money and then go to another meeting where youre giving it away. I mean is it gonna erode your ability you know to make money? Are you gonna somehow get confused about what youre trying to do?"


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"Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I dont think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other."


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"I spend a lot of time reading."


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"Me and my dad are the biggest promoters of an estate tax in the US. Its not a popular position."


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"I have seen firsthand that agricultural science has enormous potential to increase the yields of small farmers and lift them out of hunger and poverty."


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"Oh I think there are a lot of people who would be buying and selling online today that go up there and they get the information but then when it comes time to type in their credit card they think twice because theyre not sure about how that might get out and what that might mean for them."


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"I think the thing we see is that as people are using video games more they tend to watch passive TV a bit less. And so using the PC for the Internet playing video games is starting to cut into the rather unbelievable amount of time people spend watching TV."


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"DOS is ugly and interferes with users experience."


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"Im sorry that we have to have a Washington presence. We thrived during our first 16 years without any of this. I never made a political visit to Washington and we had no people here. It wasnt on our radar screen. We were just making great software."


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"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."


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"Climate change is a terrible problem and it absolutely needs to be solved. It deserves to be a huge priority."


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"Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them the teacher is the most important."


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"Im 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 theyre interested in."


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"I think its fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool weve ever created. Theyre tools of communication theyre tools of creativity and they can be shaped by their user."


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"If you cant make it good at least make it look good."


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"We should all grow our own food and do our own waste processing we really should."


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"Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning."


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"Its fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure."


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