200+ Bill Gates Quotes On How To Succeed In Life

(Last Updated On: January 28, 2024)

Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft and a philanthropist, has generously shared his wise advice and inspiring words, benefiting many individuals. The inspirational quotes by Bill Gates on attaining success in life have made an impact on individuals across different fields, extending beyond the technology sector.

People turn to these quotes for guidance and motivation because they encapsulate profound life lessons in simple, relatable terms. In a world where success seems elusive, Bill Gates’ quotes offer a beacon of hope and a roadmap to achieving one’s goals.

Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, a student facing academic challenges, or someone seeking inspiration to persevere through life’s trials, these quotes provide valuable insights. The sections condense Gates’ skills, tenacity, and ingenuity into simple concepts that anyone can use to build their path to success.

In this article, we will talk about some of the most inspirational quotes of Bill Gates and consider them as guidelines for success in life.

Inspiring Bill Gates Quotes

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


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


Life is not fair — get used to it! – Bill Gates


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


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



Patience is a key element of success. – Bill Gates


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


The way to be successful in the software world is to come up with breakthrough software 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. – 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


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


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


When you have money in hand, only you forget who are you. But when you do not have any money in your hand, the whole world forgets who you are. It’s life. – Bill Gates


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


We were young, but we had good advice good ideas and lots of enthusiasm. – 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


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


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


I am not in competition with anyone but myself. My goal is to improve myself continuously. – Bill Gates


We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change If you can’t make it good that will occur in the next 10. – Bill Gates


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


The future of advertising is the Internet. – Bill Gates

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


Whether it’s Google or Apple or free software, we’ve got some fantastic competitors and it keeps us on our toes. – Bill Gates


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. – Bill Gates

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


I don’t think anybody can talk meaningfully about [business] without talking about [information technology].  – Bill Gates


The advance of technology is based on making it fit in so that you don’t really even notice it, so it’s part of everyday life. – 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


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


I never took a day off in my twenties. Not one. – Bill Gates


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


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


Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana.Bill Gates




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


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


Of all the statistics in health, death is the easiest, because you can go out and ask people, “Hey, have you had any children who died, did your siblings have any children who died?” People don’t forget that.– Bill Gates


The life you create and design for yourself is going to accumulate from the choices you make over time. – 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


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


About three million computers get sold every year in China, but people don’t pay for the software. Someday they will, though. As long as they are going to steal it, we want them to steal ours. They’ll get sort of addicted, and then we’ll somehow figure out how to collect sometime in the next decade. – Bill Gates


The most meaningful way to differentiate your company from your competitors, the best way to put distance between you and the crowd is to do an outstanding job with information. How you gather, manage and use information will determine whether you win or lose. – Bill Gates


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


We are not even close to finishing the basic dream of what the PC can be. – Bill Gates


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


If you give people tools, [and they use] their natural ability and their curiosity, they will develop things in ways that will surprise you very much beyond what you might have expected. – Bill Gates

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I have been struck again and again by how important measurement is to improve the human condition. –Bill Gates


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


Innovation is moving at a scarily fast pace. – Bill Gates

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. – 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


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


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


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


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


I studied everything but never topped… But today the toppers of the best universities are my employees. – 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 will show us the way. – Bill Gates


If you take from the most wealthy and give to the least wealthy, it’s good. It starts to balance out.– Bill Gates


The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow. – Bill Gates


Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life. – Bill Gates


Don’t make the same decision twice. Spend time and thought to make a solid decision the first time so that you don’t revisit the issue unnecessarily. – Bill Gates


A bad strategy will fail no matter how good your information is and lame execution will stymie a good strategy. If you do enough things poorly, you will go out of business. – Bill Gates


Business is a money game with few rules and a lot of risks. Bill Gates


There is nothing that was overnight. – Bill Gates


You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both. 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 


I spend a lot of time reading. – Bill Gates


There’s only one trick in software, and that is using a piece of software that’s already been written. – Bill Gates


Microsoft has had clear competitors in the past. It’s a good thing we have museums to document that. – Bill Gates


Research shows that there is only half as much variation in student achievement between schools as there is among classrooms in the same school. If you want your child to get the best education possible, it is actually more important to get him assigned to a great teacher than to a great school. Bill Gates


We used in the past to leverage our muscles. We use tools today to leverage our minds  Bill Gates

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I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we’ve ever created. They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user. – 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


Capitalism has worked very well. Anyone who wants to move to North Korea is welcome. – Bill Gates


On my desk, I have three screens, synchronized to form a single desktop. I can drag items from one screen to the next. Once you have that large display area, you’ll never go back, because it has a direct impact on productivity. – Bill Gates

Of my mental cycles, I devote maybe 10 percent to business thinking. Business isn’t that complicated. I wouldn’t want to put it on my business card. – Bill Gates




[Intelligence is] an elusive concept. There’s a certain sharpness, an ability to absorb new facts. To walk into a situation, have something explained to you and immediately say, “Well, what about this?” To ask an insightful question. To absorb it in real-time. A capacity to remember. To relate to domains that may not seem connected at first. A certain creativity that allows people to be effective. – 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


Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years. – Bill Gates


We will never make a 32-bit operating system. – Bill Gates


Unfortunately, in rich-world health, innovation is both your friend and your enemy. Innovation is inventing organ replacement, joint replacement. We’re inventing ways of doing new things that cost $300,000 and take people in their 70s and, on average, give them an extra, say, two or three years of life. And then you have to say, given finite resources, should we fire two or three teachers to do this operation? — Bill Gates


In three years, every product my company makes will be obsolete. The only question is whether we will make them obsolete or somebody else will. – Bill Gates


I was a kind of hyper-intense person in my twenties and very impatient. – Bill Gates


Information flow is the lifeblood of your company because it enables you to get the most out of your people and learn from your customers. – Bill Gates


Software innovation, like almost every other kind of innovation, requires the ability to collaborate and share ideas with other people, and to sit down and talk with customers and get their feedback and understand their needs. – Bill Gates


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


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


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


It’s not manufacturers trying to rip anybody off or anything like that. There’s nobody getting rich writing software that I know of. – Bill Gates


 Great organizations demand a high level of commitment by the people involved. – Bill Gates


If you’ve found some way to educate yourself about engineering, stocks, or whatever it is, good employers will have some type of exam or interview and see a sample of your work. – Bill Gates


The key for us, number one, has always been hiring very smart people. – Bill Gates


Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There’s a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.  – Bill Gates


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


If your culture doesn’t like geeks, you are in real trouble.Bill Gates


Software is a great combination between artistry and engineering. – Bill Gates


A company’s ability to respond to an unplanned event, good or bad, is a prime indicator of its ability to compete. – Bill Gates

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Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don’t think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without talking about the other. – Bill Gates




If geek means you’re willing to study things, and if you think science and engineering matter, I plead guilty. – Bill Gates


In terms of doing things, I take a fairly scientific approach to why things happen and how they happen. I don’t know if there’s a god or not. – Bill Gates

DNA is like a computer program but far, far more advanced than any software ever created. – Bill Gates


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. – Bill Gates


I watched the piles of feces go up the conveyor belt… They made their way through the machine… A few minutes later I took a long taste of the end result: a glass of delicious drinking water. — Bill Gates


The most amazing philanthropists are people who are actually making a significant sacrifice. — Bill Gates


I don’t think there’s anything unique about human intelligence. — Bill Gates


Information work is thinking work. — Bill Gates


Treatment without prevention is simply unsustainable. – Bill Gates


If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them. Bill Gates


Only a few businesses will succeed by having the lowest price, so most will need a strategy that includes customer services.Bill Gates


The ability of a successful company to add functionality to its product has long been upheld. – Bill Gates


Make it just like a Mac. – Bill Gates


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


I went to a public school through sixth grade, and being good at tests wasn’t cool. – Bill Gates


Vision without execution is daydreaming Bill Gates


There are people who don’t like capitalism, and people who don’t like PCs. But there’s no-one who likes the PC who doesn’t like Microsoft. – Bill Gates


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


Your school may have done I was lucky to be involved and get to contribute to something that was important, which is empowering people with software. – Bill Gates


If I had to say what is the thing that I feel best about, it’s being involved in this whole software revolution and what comes out of that, because you can go all over the world and go into schools and see these computers being used and go into hospitals and see them being used, and see how they’re tools for sharing information that hopefully leads to more peaceful conditions and just the great research advances that come out of that. – Bill Gates




Airplane travel is nature’s way of making you look like your passport photo. – BILL GATES


It’s not your fault if you were born poor; it is your fault if you stay poor. – BILL GATES

Bill gates quotes on technology

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


Business people need to shake off the notion that information is hard to get. – 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


Reward worthy failure—experimentation. – Bill Gates

For a highly motivated learner, it’s not like knowledge is secret and somehow the Internet made it no secret. It just made knowledge easy to find. If you’re a motivated enough learner, books are pretty good. – Bill Gates


We’re responsible for the creation of the PC industry. The whole idea of compatible machines and lots of software… that’s something we brought to computing. And so it’s a responsibility for us to make sure that things like security don’t get in the way of that dream. – Bill Gates


In poor countries, we still need better ways to measure the effectiveness of many government workers providing health services. They are the crucial link bringing tools such as vaccines and education to the people who need them most. How well trained are they? Are they showing up to work? – Bill Gates


I’m 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 wasn’t on our radar screen. We were just making great software. – Bill Gates


 I believe the returns on investment in the poor are just as exciting as successes achieved in the business arena, and they are even more meaningful! – Bill Gates


We start life with many big dreams–things we want to accomplish, create, build and experience. But if you ask anyone past the age of 40 what happened to all the dreams they had, they will most likely answer; Life.- Bill Gates


Customers want high quality at low prices and they want it now. – Bill Gates




Computers are great because when you’re working with them you get immediate results that let you know if your program works. It’s the feedback you don’t get from many other things. – BILL GATES


It’s possible, you can never know, that the universe exists only for me. If so, it’s sure
going well for me, I must admit. – BILL GATES


Historically, privacy was almost implicit, because it was hard to find and gather information. But in the digital world, whether it’s digital cameras or satellites or just what you click on, we need to have more explicit rules – not just for governments but for private companies. – Bill Gates


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


I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we’ve ever created. They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user. – Bill Gates


Connectivity enables transparency for better government, education, and health. – Bill Gates


When the PC was launched, people knew it was important. 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




In China when you’re one in a million, there are 1300 people just like you. – BILL GATES

Bill gates quotes on leadership

Microsoft is not about greed. It’s about innovation and fairness. – BILL GATES


Life has a tendency to just happen. But it happens because we make choices. The life you create and design for yourself is going to accumulate from the choices you make over time. Sure, there are unexpected things that can derail dreams. But we can control where we put our focus, and if we choose to put one dream ahead of another. – 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

The great thing about a computer notebook is that no matter how much you stuff into it, it doesn’t get bigger or heavier. – Bill Gates


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? – Bill Gates


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 weren’t so exciting. – Bill Gates


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




The vision is really about empowering workers giving them all the information about what’s going on so they can do a lot more than they’ve done in the past. – BILL GATES


Is the rich world aware of how four billion of the six billion live? If we were aware, we would
want to help out, we’d want to get involved. – BILL GATES


We should all grow our own food and do our own waste processing; we really should. – Bill Gates


To create a new standard, it takes something that’s not just a little bit different; it takes something that’s really new and really captures people’s imagination — and the Macintosh, of all the machines I’ve ever seen, is the only one that meets that standard. – BILL GATES


The potential financial reward for building the ‘next Windows’ is so great that there will never be a shortage of new technologies seeking to challenge it. – BILL GATES


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

Bill gates quotes for students

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


Unemployment rates among Americans who never went to college are about double that of those who have a postsecondary education. – Bill Gates

When you want to do your homework, fill out your tax return, or see all the choices for a trip you want to take, you need a full-size screen. – Bill Gates


Technology is unlocking the innate compassion we have for our fellow human beings. – Bill Gates


People everywhere love Windows. – Bill Gates


I will always hire a lazy person to do a hard job because they will always find an easy way to do it.  – Bill Gates


In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life. – Bill Gates


I’ve always loved digging into the science and math behind my work. At Microsoft, I got deep into computer science. At the foundation, it’s computer science plus biology, chemistry, agronomy, and more. I’ll spend hours talking to a researcher or an expert, and then I’ll go home, dying to tell Melinda what I’ve learned. I can’t imagine a better way to spend the bulk of my time.Bill Gates


DOS is ugly and interferes with users’ experience. – Bill Gates


Powerful women are either sexually voracious rulers like Catherine the Great or Elizabeth I, or treacherous bitches like Cleopatra or Helen of Troy. – Bill Gates


I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we’ve ever created. They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user. – Bill Gates


Nobody spends any money on smallpox unless they worry about a bio-terrorist recreating it. – Bill Gates


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 don’t solve these security problems, then people will hold back. – Bill Gates

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