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Sergey Brin quotes: the Google co-founder’s best stuff.

“Coming up with an idea is the least important part of creating something great.  It has to be the right idea and have good taste, but the execution and delivery are what’s key.”

“You always hear the phrase: ‘Money doesn’t buy you happiness.’  But I always, in the back of my mind, figured a lot of money will buy you a little bit of happiness.  But it’s not really true.  I got a new car because the old one’s lease expired.”

“I had no dreams of such economic success.  You should have fun and not be so weighed down by expectations.”

“You do see more people that have been freed up over the last couple of hundred years to do work that is more about thinking about or creating things… and I would hope to see that trend continue.”

“If you had all the world’s information directly attached to your brain, or an artificial brain that was smarter than your brain, you’d be better off.”

“We have tried to define precisely what it means to be a force for good – always do the right, ethical thing.  Ultimately, ‘Don’t be evil,’ seems the easiest way to summarize it.”

“Solving big problems is easier than solving little problems.”

“Some say Google is God.  Others say Google is Satan.  But if they think Google is too powerful, remember that with search engines – unlike other companies – all it takes is a single click to go to another search engine.”

“Obviously everyone wants to be successful, but I want to be looked back on as being very innovative, very trusted and ethical, and ultimately, making a big difference in the world.”

“When I was growing up, I always knew I’d be in the top of my class in math, and that gave me a lot of self-confidence.”

“Any conversation I have about innovation starts with the ultimate goal.”

“I am sometimes something of a lazy person, so when I end up spending a lot of time using something myself – as I did with Google in the earliest of days – I knew it was a big deal.”

“We are focused on features, not products.  We eliminated future products that would have made the complexity problem worse.  We don’t want to have 20 different products that work in 20 different ways.  I was getting lost at our site keeping track of everything.  I would rather have a smaller set of products that have a shared set of features.”

“The only way you are going to have success is to have lots of failures first.”

“We believed we could build a better search.  We had a simple idea that not all pages are created equal.  Some are more important.”

“I would like to see anyone be able to achieve their dreams, and that’s what this organization does.”

“If what we are doing is not seen by some people as science fiction, it’s probably not transformative enough.”

“We will make machines that can reason, think, and do things better than we can.”

“We want Google to be the third half of your brain.”

“Basically, we convert the entire web into a big equation, with several hundred million variables, which are the page ranks of all the webpages, and billions of terms, which are the links.  And we’re able to solve that equation.”

“Ultimately you want to have the entire world’s knowledge connected directly to your mind.”

“Too few people in computer science are aware of some of the informational challenges in biology and their implications for the world.  We can store an incredible amount of data very cheaply.”

“If I were seriously interested in something important to me, I wouldn’t just click on the first search result, read it and take it as God’s word.”

“We just want to have great people working for us.”

“As we go forward, I hope we’re going to continue to use technology to make really big differences in how people live and work.”

“We wouldn’t survive if people didn’t trust us.”

“I feel there’s an existential angst among young people.  I didn’t have that.  They see enormous mountains, where I only saw one little hill to climb.”

“Once you go from 10 people to 100, you already don’t know who everyone is.  So at that stage you might as well keep growing, to get the advantages of scale.”

“Currently, we don’t have plans on conquering the world.”

“It is ironic since whenever I have met with our elected officials they are invariably thoughtful, well-meaning people… and yet, collectively, 90% of their effort seems to be focused on how to stick it to the other party.”

“Google actually relies on our users to help with our marketing.  We have a very high percentage of our users who often tell others about our search engine.”

“We’ve seen a massive attack on the freedom of the web.  Governments are realizing the power of this medium to organize people and they are trying to clamp down across the world, not just in places like China and North Korea; we’re seeing bills in the United States, in Italy, all across the world.”

“To me, this is about preserving history and making it available to everyone.”

“When it’s too easy to get money, then you get a lot of noise mixed in with the real innovation and entrepreneurship.  Tough times bring out the best parts of Silicon Valley.”

“We saw that a thousand results weren’t necessarily as useful as 10 good ones.”

“Too many rules stifles innovation.”

“People try new things all the time.  By now, the people who succeed have to be very sophisticated.”

“Technology is an inherent democratizer.  Because of the evolution of hardware and software, you’re able to scale up almost anything.  It means that in our lifetime everyone may have tools of equal power.”

“I’d like to get to a state where people think that if you’ve Googled something, you’ve researched it, and otherwise haven’t, and that’s it.”

“You can make money without doing evil.”

“I was interested in data mining, which means analyzing large amounts of data, discovering patterns and trends.  At the same time, Larry started downloading the web, which turns out to be the most interesting data you can possibly mine.”

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