You never lose a dream, it just incubates as a hobby.— Larry Page
The most tempting Larry Page quotes to get the best of your day
Always deliver more than expected.
It is often easier to make progress on mega-ambitious dreams.
... Since no one else is crazy enough to do it, you have little competition.
It's very hard to fail completely, if you aim high enough.
You don't need to have a 100-person company to develop an idea.
Especially in technology, we need revolutionary change, not incremental change.
Small groups of people can have a really huge impact.
You know what it's like to wake up in the middle of the night with a vivid dream? And you know that if you don't have a pencil and pad by the bed, it will be completely gone by the next morning. Sometimes it's important to wake up and stop dreaming. When a really great dream shows up, grab it.
Lots of companies don't succeed over time.
What do they fundamentally do wrong? They usually miss the future.
You treat people with respect, they tend to return the favor to the company.
We have always believed that it's possible to make money without being evil.
The ultimate search engine would basically understand everything in the world, and it would always give you the right thing. And we're a long, long ways from that.
Artificial intelligence would be the ultimate version of Google.
The ultimate search engine that would understand everything on the Web. It would understand exactly what you wanted, and it would give you the right thing. We're nowhere near doing that now. However, we can get incrementally closer to that, and that is basically what we work on.
If you're changing the world, you're working on important things.
You're excited to get up in the morning.
My grandfather was an autoworker, and I have a weapon he manufactured to protect himself from the company that he would carry to work. It's a big iron pipe with a hunk of lead on the head. I think about how far we've come as companies from those days, where workers had to protect themselves from the company.
I have a simple algorithm, which is, wherever you see paid researchers instead of grad students, that's not where you want to be doing research.
It really matters whether people are working on generating clean energy or improving transportation or making the Internet work better and all those things. And small groups of people can have a really huge impact.
One of our big goals in search is to make search that really understands exactly what you want, understands everything in the world. As computer scientists, we call that artificial intelligence.
We really care about our brand. We really want it to stand for high quality. We want people to be excited about it, for it to be fun.
If we were motivated by money, we would have sold the company a long time ago and ended up on a beach.
The moments that we have with friends and family, the chances that we have to make a big difference in the world or even to make a small difference to the ones we love, all those wonderful chances that life gives us, life also takes away. It can happen fast and a whole lot sooner than you think.
You're probably on the right track if you feel like a sidewalk worm during a rainstorm.
Our goal is long-term growth in revenue and absolute profit - so we invest aggressively in future innovation while tightly managing our short-term costs.
You don't need to have a 100-person company to develop that idea.
Basically, our goal is to organize the world's information and to make it universally accessible and useful.
As a precaution, we’re making machines extremely heavy with very tiny legs.
You need to get one thing done well, or else you don't have permission to do anything else.
We understand the need to balance our short- and longer-term needs because our revenue is the engine that funds all our innovation. But over time, our emerging high-usage products will likely generate significant new revenue streams for Google as well as for our partners, just as search does today.
Most of us carry at least one device, all the time, every day.
In fact many of us would feel naked without our smartphone. It's hardly surprising mobile search queries - and mobile commerce - are growing dramatically across the world.
People are starving in the world, not because we don't have enough food, but because we're not organized. And computers are part of that.
We don't have as many managers as we should, but we would rather have too few than too many.
Excellence matters, and technology advances so fast that the potential for improvement is tremendous. So, since becoming CEO again, I've pushed hard to increase our velocity, improve our execution, and focus on the big bets that will make a difference in the world.
The ultimate search engine... would understand exactly what you mean and give back exactly what you want.
Google will fulfill its mission only when its search engine is AI-complete.
You guys know what that means? That's artificial intelligence.
As we transition from one screen to multiscreens, Google has enormous opportunities to innovate and drive ever higher monetization. Just like Search in 2000.
We have a mantra: don't be evil, which is to do the best things we know how for our users, for our customers, for everyone. So I think if we were known for that, it would be a wonderful thing.
We have always wanted Google to be a company that is deserving of great love.
But we recognize this is an ambitious goal because most large companies are not well-loved, or even seemingly set up with that in mind. We're lucky to have a very direct relationship with our users, which creates a strong incentive for us to do the right thing .
My job as a leader is to make sure everybody in the company has great opportunities, and that they feel they're having a meaningful impact and are contributing to the good of society. As a world, we're doing a better job of that. My goal is for Google to lead, not follow that.
We chose it because we deal with huge amounts of data. Besides, it sounds really cool.
As devices multiply and usage changes, many users coming online today may never use a desktop machine, it becomes more and more important to ensure that people can access all of their stuff anywhere.
It's quite complicated and sounds circular, but we've worked out a way of calculate a Web site's importance.
I remember turning in my first assignment in elementary school using the computer and the teachers were kind of confused that I had printed it.
We believe strongly that in the long term, we will be better served - as shareholders and in all other ways - by a company that does good things for the world even if we forgo some short term gains. This is an important aspect of our culture and is broadly shared within the company.
We should be focusing on building things that do not exist.
For me, privacy and security are really important.
We think about it in terms of both: You can't have privacy without security.
Always work hard on something uncomfortably exciting!
The "Be good" concept also comes up when we design our products.
We want them to have positive social effects.
If you say you want to automate cars and save people's lives, the skills you need for that aren't taught in any particular discipline. I know - I was interested in working on automating cars when I was a Ph.D. student in 1995.
You can try to control people, or you can try to have a system that represents reality. I find that knowing what's really happening is more important than trying to control people.
Technology should do the hard work, so you can get on and live your life.
We're only at one percent of what's possible, and we're moving slow relative to the opportunity we have.
We are excited about Internet access in general.
With better access to the Internet, people do more searches.