Quotes: Bill Gates Advice For College Graduates

Bill Gates gives some darn good advice and you don't need to know how to read code to understand it. Here's some sage advice Bill Gates presented to graduates in a series of numbered tweets. And just in case you don't have unlimited data....

Microsoft Access (Bill gets personal):

“Congratulations! You’ve just accomplished something I never managed to do — earn a college degree.”

Windows to the Future:

Gates suggested pursuing these three fields of interest (all which create a better world as a whole).

  • Artificial intelligence – we’re just getting started.
  • Energy – create a more clean society and fight climate change
  • Biosciences – help people live longer.


“Intelligence is not quite as important as I thought it was, and it takes many different forms.”

“The sooner you recognize other people’s talents, the richer your life will be.”

“Understand what true inequity (poverty) looks like.” Bill Gates was inspired to “give back,” after he and his wife took their first trip to Africa (in his late 30’s). He was shocked when he realized that millions of children were dying from diseases that people in more affluent countries didn’t even worry about.

“Surround yourself with people who challenge you, teach you and push you to be your best self.”

“I measure my happiness by whether people close to me are happy and love me, and by the difference I make in other people's lives.

Microsoft Outlook: Sunny!

Bill Gates Ultimate Gift For All Graduates -

“The Better Angels of Our Nature” by Steven Pinker. “It is the most inspiring book I have ever read.”

Snapshot:  He feels this book does a great job of convincing us that the world is becoming more peaceful, in spite of how it may “seem.”  His hopes are that once people understand it, they’ll begin to see the world differently, figure out what’s working, and accelerate the progress by spreading it to more people and places.

Excel (in closing):

Good luck to all of you. This is an amazing time to be alive. I hope you make the most of it.

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