Top 15 Of Google’s Eric Schmidt Most Remarkable Quotes

Mr Eric Schmidt, now former CEO of Google, is known for 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 “misspoke”. But this surely wasn’t the only ‘mistake’ by Schmidt. It’s 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”.

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

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“If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place”
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“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”

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

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“It was a joke, it just wasn’t very good.”

(about his remark about youngsters changing identities)

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“Streetview, the cars we drive only once, you can just move, right?”

Streetview the cars we drive only once, you can just move, right? - Eric-Schmidt-quotes

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“Our policy is we try things, we celebrate our failures”

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“Just remember when you post something, the computers remember forever”

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“You can trust us with your data”

You can trust us with your data

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Washington is an incumbent protection machine The Laws Are Written by Lobbyists

Washington is an incumbent protection machine… The Laws Are Written by Lobbyists - Eric Schmidt

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“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”

I actually think most people dont want Google to answer their questions they want Google to tell the

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“We are willing to get it one way or another, with or without deal”

We are willing to get it one way or another, with or without deal - Eric Schmidt

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“We Want People To Be More Logged Into Google”

We Want People To Be More Logged Into Google - Eric Schmidt

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“We don’t have a plan to beat Apple, that’s not how we operate”

We don't have a plan to beat Apple, that's not how we operate - Eric Schmidt

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

Computers will clearly handle the things we aren’t good at, and we will handle the things computers clearly aren’t good at

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“The Internet of things will augment your brain”

The Internet of things will augment your brain - Eric Schmidt quotes

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Tell us, what is your favorite? And which other ones have you heard which should be in here?

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87 thoughts on “Top 15 Of Google’s Eric Schmidt Most Remarkable Quotes

  1. My favourite is one not on the list, “People are surprised to find out that an awful lot of people think that they’re idiots. “. I wonder if he really was surprised?

  2. Where to begin??

    “Just remember when you post something, the computers remember forever”
    Whilst not my favourite, i love the irony of this ‘joke’ and how Google will remember more terrible gaffes for years to come.

    The thing that gets me about Eric Schmidt is he isn’t even a visionary, except in an almost apocalyptic sense. He’s definitely a shrewd businessman but seems to be a charisma-free zone.

  3. I really like quote number 14, because it describes the symbiotic lifestyle between man and machine.

    Let me explain: We all know that computers fail. We’re used to it. We developed strategies to work around typical errors computers and search engines produce. It is essentially all trial and error.
    We don’t need to know the inner workings of the internet to use the internet, but we have gained a lot of knowledge about the things it can do for us and what it still cannot do.

    But Google still manages to surprise us over and over. This company does things which we thought no machine could ever do. And then we get used to it. Then they surprise use again and we have to get used to the “improved version” of this network of failing machines. They fail better and better. Mr. Schmidt actually says that in quote number 6.

    I mean: Do you still know how you booked a plane ticket like 15 years ago? Or compared prices? Or bought a car? Do you also know how you did these things 8 years ago and what improvements were made in less than a decade? I think this is quite remarkable.

  4. My favourite isn’t on this list either: “The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn’t understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had.”

    It’s so cool that it was even used in a Criminal Minds episode, by Joe Mantegna :-).

  5. I must applaud Jonathan Allen’s statement: “He isn’t even a visionary, except in an almost apocolyptic sense.”

    I am amused, dumbfounded and slightly unnerved by Google’s happy clappy smiley “Don’t be evil” attitude when clearly – they are doing things we would revolt against if executed by our governments. Yes, they are providing very real, very useful search applications, but they are also commercialising the very soul of information retrieval in a way that pollutes the democratisation of information that the world wide web promised.

    Despite their armies of do-gooder representatives spouting “just worry about good content to rank,” I am not buying. I know that with power, comes corruption. When a commercial entity that is the gateway for our modern lives becomes vested in not only providing information, but selling that information – building technologies, branching out into other fields and also has bases in tax efficient / zero tax domiciles – we’re looking at a monolith. I’m awaiting some sort of monopoly filing against good any day now. If only to check their titan intentions.

  6. In response to Stefan Antoni, whose response attribute google with the improvements to modern life we now take for granted:

    Many many before Google paved this way. Bill Gates, in his book “The Road Ahead” posits all of these applications and more.

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

    Wonder if Google Was ever or is currenlty in Stealth Mode 🙂 I agree we need Fusion Not Fission We Face an Energy Crisis.
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