• “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”
  • “Life is not fair, get used to it.”
  • “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”
  • “Smart is an elusive concept. There’s a certain sharpness, an ability to absorb new facts. To ask an insightful question. To relate to domains that may not seem connected at first. A certain creativity that allows people to be effective.”
  • “Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.”
  • “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”
  • “People always fear change. People feared electricity when it was invented, didn’t 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.”
  • “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.”
  • “If I’d had some set idea of a finish line, don’t you think I would have crossed it years ago?”
  • “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.”
  • “If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure.”
  • “Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.”