11 Inspiring Bill Gates Quotes

By James Mills, Associate Partner, Lighthouse International

If you could choose to receive advice from anyone in the world about life, business and success then you could could do a lot worse than seek advice from Bill Gates! He is not only the richest person alive today, but also at the forefront of philanthropic efforts to tackle some of world's greatest challenges we face.

Here are some wonderful words of wisdom in the form of 11 quotes relating to leadership, growing up, success & failure and making a difference. Enjoy!


“Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world…if you do so, you are insulting yourself.”

“The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.”

“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” 

“If you give people tools, and they use their natural abilities and their curiosity, they will develop things in ways that will surprise you very much beyond what you might have expected.” 

Growing Up

“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.” 

“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.”

Success & Failure

“It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” 

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” 

Making a Difference

“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.” 

“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.” 

“If you show people problems and you show people the solutions, they will be moved to act.” 


For more inspiring quotes from Bill Gates, here's an awesome collection which includes how he sees the internet, bosses, business and nerds!


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