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By  Peter Branton Published  June 14, 2007

On succeeding

"When you innovate, you've got to be prepared for everyone telling you you're nuts."

"The only way to get ahead is to find errors in conventional wisdom."

"It's interesting when everybody says that we're wrong, it means that we're doing something that no else is doing, we're doing something that no one else thinks can work."

"If you didn't have that little orange iron ring, basketball wouldn't be very interesting."

On technology

"It's fascinating as we continue to innovate and lead the way in both the application space and the database space. In the very beginning, people said you couldn't make relational databases fast enough to be commercially viable. I thought we could, and we were the first to do it. But we took tremendous abuse until IBM said, ‘Oh yeah, this stuff is good'."

"For a long time, I made a statement that ‘it's a lot easier to write cheques than write the right software" and its true."

"Fusion is an all-new system, there is no integration. The idea is ridiculous, we would not know how to take PeopleSoft and JD Edwards and shuffle them like four decks of cards."

"The big contributors to Linux these days are not graduate students or people who work in Radio Shack during the day and program at night. The big contributors to this are Intel and IBM and Oracle."

On money

"I think after a certain amount, I'm going to give almost everything I have to charity, because what else can you do with it? You can't spend it, even if you tried. I've been trying."

"Once you own a house and a car, and you're reasonably safe and secure - that's the big one - then everything else is kind of gravy. I don't think lots of money makes you happier and that's the name of the game."

"A corporation's primary goal is to make money. Government's primary role is to take a big chunk of that money and give it to others."

On Microsoft

"Bill Gates is the pope of the personal computer industry. He decides who's going to build."

"It's Microsoft versus mankind, with Microsoft having only a slight lead."

"Bill Gates wants people to think he's Edison, when he's really Rockefeller. Referring to Gates as the smartest man in America isn't right... wealth isn't the same thing as intelligence."

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