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" Whether it's Google or Apple or free software, we've got some fantastic competitors and it keeps us on our toes. "
" China adopted a capitalist system in the 1980s, and they went from a 60% poverty rate to 10%. "
" I'm going to retain a lot of Microsoft's stock. "
" Teaching's hard! You need different skills: positive reinforcement, keeping students from getting bored, commanding their attention in a certain way. "
" At Microsoft there are lots of brilliant ideas but the image is that they all come from the top - I'm afraid that's not quite right. "
" I can understand wanting to have millions of dollars; there's a certain freedom, meaningful freedom, that comes with that. "
" Typically, your corporate e-mail account is not, today, that spam-targeted. It's more the free e-mail accounts that are spam-targeted. "
" It is hard to overstate how valuable it is to have all the incredible tools that are used for human disease to study plants. "
" This whole phenomenon of the computer in a library is an amazing thing. "
" Eventually we'll be able to sequence the human genome and replicate how nature did intelligence in a carbon-based system. "
" Microsoft is not about greed. It's about innovation and fairness. "
" I meet people overseas that know five languages - that the only language I'm comfortable in is English. "
" What's amazing is, if young people understood how doing well in school makes the rest of their life so much interesting, they would be more motivated. It's so far away in time that they can't appreciate what it means for their whole life. "
" Playing bridge is a pretty old fashioned thing in a way that I really like. "
" Although I don't 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. "
" U.K. companies are in very international and very competitive markets. If you look at PC penetration in the U.K., it is very similar to the United States market. "
" 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. "
" People don't want lots and lots of single purpose devices. They do not want to have to learn how to set up something for photos, another thing for music, another thing for video. "
" 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. "
" The Gates Foundation has learned that two questions can predict how much kids learn: 'Does your teacher use class time well?' and, 'When you're confused, does your teacher help you get straightened out?' "
" Harnessing steam power required many innovations, as William Rosen chronicles in the book 'The Most Powerful Idea in the World.' "
" We should all grow our own food and do our own waste processing, we really should. "
" We are not even close to finishing the basic dream of what the PC can be. "
" Energy innovation is not a nationalistic game. "
" Drones overall will be more impactful than I think people recognize, in positive ways to help society. "
" You're never going to get the amount of CO2 emitted to go down unless you deal with the one magic metric, which is CO2 per kilowatt-hour. "
" The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow. "
" We all sort of do want incentives for creative people to still exist at a certain level. You know, maybe rock stars shouldn't make as much; who knows? But you want as much creativity to take place in the future as took place in the past. "
" The worst pandemic in modern history was the Spanish flu of 1918, which killed tens of millions of people. Today, with how interconnected the world is, it would spread faster. "
" The spread of online information isn't just good for charities. It's also good for donors. You can go to a site like Charity Navigator, which evaluates nonprofits on their financial health as well as the amount of information they share about their work. "
" The idea that you encourage companies to take their innovative thinkers and think about the most needy - even beyond the market opportunities - that's something that appropriately ought to be done. "