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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.

- Sergey Brin

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.

- Sergey Brin

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.

- Sergey Brin

Whether in San Francisco or Bangladesh, students and researchers can watch remarkable video such as World War II newsreels and the story of Apollo 11 — the historic first landing on the Moon.

- Sergey Brin

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.

- Sergey Brin

We gradually came to the realization that we were hurting not just ourselves but the Chinese people.

- Sergey Brin

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.

- Sergey Brin

We just want to have great people working for us.

- Sergey Brin

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

- Sergey Brin

These two chefs will play an important role in managing the company’s growing appetites.

- Sergey Brin

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

- Sergey Brin

This was a decision we reached after a number of years speaking to the human rights groups, and specifically people who really cared about China on human rights. I understand why other people might have other views.

- Sergey Brin

We will intensify our efforts to build out our infrastructure overseas and to develop products that are tailored to individual markets

- Sergey Brin

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

- Sergey Brin

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

- Sergey Brin

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

- Sergey Brin

We’ll see how that evolves. Obviously, it doesn’t mean we’ll just be willing to do anything that’s requested of us.

- Sergey Brin

Today, if you want to access a typical out-of-print book, you have only one choice – fly to one of a handful of leading libraries in the country and hope to find it in the stacks.

- Sergey Brin

Today, we’ve begun to make the extraordinary historic films of the National Archives available to the world for the first time online. Students and researchers whether in San Francisco or Bangladesh can watch remarkable video such as World War II newsreels and the story of Apollo 11 — the historic first landing on the Moon.

- Sergey Brin

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

- Sergey Brin

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

- Sergey Brin

We are currently not planning on conquering the world.

- Sergey Brin

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

- Sergey Brin

We do lots of Stuff. The only way you are going to have success is to have lots of failures first.

- Sergey Brin

We don’t know exactly how it will work. Advertisers want greater access, better accountability.

- Sergey Brin

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.

- Sergey Brin

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.

- Sergey Brin

I didn’t think I would come to this conclusion — but eventually I came to the conclusion that more information is better, even if it is not as full as we would like to see.

- Sergey Brin

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.

- Sergey Brin

I don’t know what would have happened if we hadn’t won that AOL deal

- Sergey Brin

That’s an issue dear to my heart, because I was born in the Soviet Union during the communist era.

- Sergey Brin

I don’t think it’s a big deal to show opera glasses to someone searching for binoculars that you somehow infer is a woman. But you don’t want to pop up ads for H.I.V. drugs on someone’s page, because you inferred they have H.I.V., when their boss is standing there looking at their computer

- Sergey Brin

The kind of environment that we developed Google in, the reason that we were able to develop a search engine, is the web was so open. Once you get too many rules, that will stifle innovation.

- Sergey Brin

I don’t think we like the precedent of it, and so we’re fighting it. I think we’re right.

- Sergey Brin

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.

- Sergey Brin

I know a lot of people are upset by our decision but it is something we have deliberated for a number of years.

- Sergey Brin

I totally understand that people are upset about it and I think that is a reasonable point of view to take.

- Sergey Brin

I wish there were a hundred services with which I could easily look at such a book; it would have saved me a lot of time, and it would have spared Google a tremendous amount of effort.

- Sergey Brin

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

- Sergey Brin

If Google Books is successful, others will follow.

- Sergey Brin

It’s our obligation to use the law to the furthest possible means to protect our users’ privacy. It’s just a legal and ethical principle.

- Sergey Brin

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.

- Sergey Brin

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.

- Sergey Brin

So at that stage you might as well keep growing, to get the advantages of scale.

- Sergey Brin

Solving big problems is easier than solving little problems.

- Sergey Brin

“It’s clear there’s a lot of room for improvement, there’s no inherent ceiling we’re hitting up on.

- Sergey Brin

As Americans we do not recognize the jurisdiction of the Hague Tribunal. We only follow court orders from the Chinese judiciary

- Sergey Brin

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.

- Sergey Brin

But the vast majority of books ever written are not accessible to anyone except the most tenacious researchers at premier academic libraries. Books written after 1923 quickly disappear into a literary black hole.

- Sergey Brin

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