Latest Melinda Gates Quotes

Great wealth can be very confusing. It can inflate and distort your sense of self — especially if you believe money means merit.

We have to open up to others. We have to give up the need to be separate and superior.

It's the mark of a backward society — or a society moving backward — when decisions are made for women by men.

When we invest in women and girls, we are investing in the people who invest in everyone else.

Philanthropy is not about the money. It's about using whatever resources you have at your fingertips and applying them to improving the world.

A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.

Connect deeply with others. Our humanity is the one thing that we all have in common.

Women speaking up for themselves and for those around them is the strongest force we have to change the world.

All women, everywhere, have the same hopes: we want to be self-sufficient and create better lives for ourselves and our loved ones.

Make sure you continue to trust what you know now about yourself and stay true to what you believe in

When we invest in women, we invest in a powerful source of global development

If we don't empower women, we don't allow them to unlock the potential of themselves and their children.

Deep human connection is ... the purpose and the result of a meaningful life - and it will inspire the most amazing acts of love, generosity, and humanity.

Women and girls should be able to determine their own future, no matter where they're born.

We have to be careful in how we use this light shined on us.

You are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.

Sometimes it's the people you can't help who inspire you the most.

What great changes have not been ambitious?

Now we just really need to do the work, which we're doing, to get contraceptives out to women worldwide.

One life is worth no more or less than any other

I learn in a different way. I learn experientially.

If you invest in a girl or a woman, you are investing in everybody else.

Any social or cultural change has to be made openly and with people agreeing. You don't get there by just pushing an outsider's point of view.

If you want to lift up an economy in Africa, you basically start with the women.

You can't save kids just with vaccines.

All lives have an equal value.

Take time to learn about the lives of women around the world-and try to play a small part in their fight to create the future they deserve.

If you don't have an effective teacher in front of the classroom, you won't change the trajectory for students.

Bill and I both firmly believe that even the most difficult global health problems can be solved.

I'm wholehearted about whatever I do.

Our desire to bring every good thing to our children is a force for good throughout the world. It’s what propels societies forward.

You can have the best vaccines for a woman or her child, but if you can't get her to come and get them then they won't work.

It's important to remember that behind every data point is a daughter, a mother, a sister—a person with hopes and dreams.

Helping people doesn't have to be an unsound financial strategy.

I felt suicidal. I couldn't stop crying. I remember thinking, wouldn't it be great if the car crashed and I died?

Kids are falling through the cracks and nobody notices it. That to me is what's wrong with the school system.

I'm constantly saying to myself, 'I'm lucky I was born in the United States.

After a number of years dating, we decided we were good partners.

As a parent, the responsible thing to do - if you love your child - is to vaccinate your child.

Sanitation issues in the developing world affect women more than they affect men.

But iPods and iPhones are two things we don't get for our kids.

Microsoft certainly makes products for the Macintosh.

The biggest killers of children around the world are two things: diarrhea and pneumonia. When you think about it, in the United States, kids don't die of diarrhea anymore, but it's a huge problem in the developing world.

The premise of this foundation is one life on this planet is no more valuable than the next.

I realized that the only way to get into a good college was to be valedictorian or salutatorian. So that was my goal.

Having children made us look differently at all these things that we take for granted, like taking your child to get a vaccine against measles or polio.

That's universal - we all want to bring every good thing to our children. But what's not universal is our ability to provide every good thing.

If you can't travel to the developing world, look at helping to fund a woman with a small loan and follow her. Learn her story. Learn about the difference that you're making.

If you ask, who has the chance to move into the city and get a good job out in the developing world? It's a man. Who's left to care for the kids back at home? The woman is.

Our economies are built on the backs of all this unpaid labor that women do.

Poverty disproportionately affects women around the world.

When we better understand the realities of these women's lives, we are able to design and deliver solutions that are more useful to them.

We look in our own backyard and say, 'How do we help at-risk families, at risk youth? How do we think through some of the problems affecting the Pacific Northwest and make some change there?'

We set out what's going to be our work time versus our foundation time versus family time, and we'll reassess that... sometimes every week.

In different places you run into myths around vaccination or around family planning. In the United States, one of the myths that existed for a long time, that has been completely debunked, was that autism was linked to a vaccine.

Despite the debunking, you have a small group in the last five years that hasn't wanted to vaccinate their children, for instance, for measles. Then, all of sudden, we got an outbreak of measles and kids were starting to die from measles.

Now, as smartphones are coming up, there are all kinds of apps that will start to be developed that will help women.

Today is International Women's Day, and there's a fantastic set of pieces running by an organization called ONE called "Poverty Is Sexist." It's a great way to quickly learn about what's actually going on for women in poverty around the world, and then do something about it.

Abortion has become a very politicised issue that I think countries have to work out themselves. In a lot of countries, people can't even yet agree on what their laws should be.

If you can't go to secondary school, the boys get to go and the girls don't, you're locked into a cycle of poverty, because you don't have a chance.

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You can't save kids just with vaccines. - Melinda Gates download
It's the mark of a backward society — or a society moving backward — when decisions are made for women by men. - Melinda Gates download
Women around the world should have a tool that helps them plan their pregnancies. - Melinda Gates download
The premise of this foundation is one life on this planet is no more valuable than the next. - Melinda Gates download
A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult. - Melinda Gates download
If we don't empower women, we don't allow them to unlock the potential of themselves and their children. - Melinda Gates download
Connect deeply with others. Our humanity is the one thing that we all have in common. - Melinda Gates download
Bill and I both firmly believe that even the most difficult global health problems can be solved. - Melinda Gates download
All women, everywhere, have the same hopes: we want to be self-sufficient and create better lives for ourselves and our loved ones. - Melinda Gates download
When we better understand the realities of these women's lives, we are able to design and deliver solutions that are more useful to them. - Melinda Gates download
If you can't travel to the developing world, look at helping to fund a woman with a small loan and follow her. Learn her story. Learn about the difference that you're making. - Melinda Gates download
Abortion has become a very politicised issue that I think countries have to work out themselves. In a lot of countries, people can't even yet agree on what their laws should be. - Melinda Gates download
Kids are falling through the cracks and nobody notices it. That to me is what's wrong with the school system. - Melinda Gates download
If you ask, who has the chance to move into the city and get a good job out in the developing world? It's a man. Who's left to care for the kids back at home? The woman is. - Melinda Gates download
It's important to remember that behind every data point is a daughter, a mother, a sister—a person with hopes and dreams. - Melinda Gates download
Poverty disproportionately affects women around the world. - Melinda Gates download
I'm happy we have three healthy children and we'll stay with three healthy children. - Melinda Gates download
Government funding that's coming from the United States is making a huge difference on the ground in the developing world. It's really palpable - it's making a huge difference saving lives. - Melinda Gates download
That's universal - we all want to bring every good thing to our children. But what's not universal is our ability to provide every good thing. - Melinda Gates download
In the developing world, it's about time that women are on the agenda. For instance, 80 percent of small-subsistence farmers in sub-Saharan Africa are women, and yet all the programs in the past were predominantly focused on men. - Melinda Gates download

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