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Top 15 of Eric Schmidt’s Remarkable Quotes

27 October 2010 BY

Mr Eric Schmidt, now former CEO of Google, is making a habit out of getting quotes into the media which are to say the least ‘interesting’. In some cases they are plain stupid, in other cases remarkable and sometimes predictable.

One ‘slip of the tongue” on CNN, “Streetview the cars we drive only once, you can just move, right?” was corrected by the pr-department of Google who had Schmidt say he “misspoked”. But this surely wasn’t the only ‘mistake’ by Schmidt. Its interesting (and fun) to look back at some quotes of Schmidt in the past year to see how many times he has now said “something remarkable”.

1. “We know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less know what you’re thinking about.” 
To the Atlantic 

2. “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place” 
At a CNBC interview

3. “Every young person one day will be entitled automatically to change his or her name on reaching adulthood in order to disown youthful hijinks stored on their friends’ social media sites.” 
To the Wall Street Journal

4. “It was a joke, it just wasn’t very good” 
In The Colbert Report about his remark about identities (number 3)

5. “Streetview the cars we drive only once, you can just move, right?” 
In a CNN Interview

6. “Our policy is we try things, we celebrate our failures,” 
At the Techonomy conference

7. “Just remember when you post something, the computers remember forever” 
In The Colbert Report

8. “You can trust us with your data” 
Interview in Telegraph with Shane Richmond

9. “Washington is an incumbent protection machine… The Laws Are Written by Lobbyists” 
Washington Ideas Forum

10. “I ACTUALLY think most people don’t want Google to answer their questions, they want Google to tell them what they should be doing next. 
NYT Interview

11. “We are willing to get it one way or another, with or without deal.” 
About Facebook data in Telegraph interview

12. “We Want People To Be More Logged Into Google.” 
During Google’s third quarter earnings call

13. “We don’t have a plan to beat Apple, that’s not how we operate,” 
Interview in Telegraph with Shane Richmond

14. “Computers will clearly handle the things we aren’t good at, and we will handle the things computers clearly aren’t good at,” 

15. “The Internet of things will augment your brain” 

What is your favorite?


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