Top Quotes by Tim Berners-Lee

We need diversity of thought in the world to face the new challenges.

Tim Berners-Lee

We can’t blame the technology when we make mistakes.

Tim Berners-Lee

Data is a precious thing and will last longer than the systems themselves.

Tim Berners-Lee

The Web as I envisaged it, we have not seen it yet. The future is still so much bigger than the past.

Tim Berners-Lee

Imagine that everything you are typing is being read by the person you are applying to for your first job. Imagine that it’s all going to be seen by your parents and your grandparents and your grandchildren as well.

Tim Berners-Lee

I hope we will use the Net to cross barriers and connect cultures.

Tim Berners-Lee

The world’s urban poor and the illiterate are going to be increasingly disadvantaged and are in danger of being left behind. The web has added a new dimension to the gap between the first world and the developing world. We have to start talking about a human right to connect.

Tim Berners-Lee

There was a time when people felt the internet was another world, but now people realise it’s a tool that we use in this world.

Tim Berners-Lee

Any enterprise CEO really ought to be able to ask a question that involves connecting data across the organization, be able to run a company effectively, and especially to be able to respond to unexpected events. Most organizations are missing this ability to connect all the data together.

Tim Berners-Lee

Customers need to be given control of their own data-not being tied into a certain manufacturer so that when there are problems they are always obliged to go back to them.

Tim Berners-Lee

Innovation is serendipity, so you don’t know what people will make.

Tim Berners-Lee

When it comes to professionalism, it makes sense to talk about being professional in IT. Standards are vital so that IT professionals can provide systems that last.

Tim Berners-Lee

I’m an optimist about humanity in general, I suppose.

Tim Berners-Lee

It’s interesting that people throughout the existence of the web have been concerned about monopolies.

Tim Berners-Lee

One way to think about the magnitude of the changes to come is to think about how you went about your business before powerful Web search engines. You probably wouldn’t have imagined that a world of answers would be available to you in under a second. The next set of advances will have an different effect, but similar in magnitude.

Tim Berners-Lee

The original idea of the web was that it should be a collaborative space where you can communicate through sharing information.

Tim Berners-Lee

You affect the world by what you browse.

Tim Berners-Lee

Intellectual property is an important legal and cultural issue. Society as a whole has complex issues to face here: private ownership vs. open source, and so on.

Tim Berners-Lee

Anyone who has lost track of time when using a computer knows the propensity to dream, the urge to make dreams come true and the tendency to miss lunch.

Tim Berners-Lee

Web pages are designed for people. For the Semantic Web, we need to look at existing databases.

Tim Berners-Lee

I’m very aware there are lots of other people who are just bright and working just as hard, with just the same dedication to make the world a good place.

Tim Berners-Lee

Web users ultimately want to get at data quickly and easily. They don’t care as much about attractive sites and pretty design.

Tim Berners-Lee

Compared even to the development of the phone or TV, the Web developed very quickly.

Tim Berners-Lee

I basically wrote the code and the specs and documentation for how the client and server talked to each other.

Tim Berners-Lee

IT professionals have a responsibility to understand the use of standards and the importance of making Web applications that work with any kind of device.

Tim Berners-Lee

It was really hard explaining the Web before people just got used to it because they didn’t even have words like click and jump and page.

Tim Berners-Lee

My own personal preference is that the consumer, the individual person should be protected because individual people and the difference between individual people and the diversity we have between people on the planet is so important.

Tim Berners-Lee

When something is such a creative medium as the web, the limits to it are our imagination.

Tim Berners-Lee

Everybody who runs a Web site knows we’re not assured of compatibility, and we could end up with a split.

Tim Berners-Lee

It’s difficult to imagine the power that you’re going to have when so many different sorts of data are available.

Tim Berners-Lee

In ’93 to ’94, every browser had its own flavor of HTML. So it was very difficult to know what you could put in a Web page and reliably have most of your readership see it.

Tim Berners-Lee

On the web the thinking of cults can spread very rapidly and suddenly a cult which was 12 people who had some deep personal issues suddenly find a formula which is very believable.

Tim Berners-Lee

I think when you have a lot of jumbled up ideas they come together slowly over a period of several years.

Tim Berners-Lee

I don’t know whether machine translation will eventually get good enough to allow us to browse people’s websites in different languages so you can see how they live in different countries.

Tim Berners-Lee

What I do has to be a function of what I can do, not a function of what people ask me to do.

Tim Berners-Lee

It’s amazing how quickly people on the internet can pick something up, but it’s also amazing how quickly they can drop it.

Tim Berners-Lee

The Semantic Web is not a separate Web but an extension of the current one, in which information is given well-defined meaning, better enabling computers and people to work in cooperation.

Tim Berners-Lee

The amount of control you have over somebody if you can monitor internet activity is amazing.

Tim Berners-Lee

Things can change so fast on the internet.

Tim Berners-Lee

I don’t mind being, in the public context, referred to as the inventor of the World Wide Web. What I like is that image to be separate from private life, because celebrity damages private life.

Tim Berners-Lee

Celebrity damages private life.

Tim Berners-Lee

One of the things I like about the computer that I use is that I can write a program on it or I can download a program on to it and run it. That’s kind of important to me, and that’s also kind of important to the whole future of the internet… obviously a closed platform is a serious brake on innovation.

Tim Berners-Lee

In many ways, people growing up with the Web and now the Semantic Web take the power at their fingertips for granted.

Tim Berners-Lee

Sites need to be able to interact in one single, universal space.

Tim Berners-Lee

What is a Web year now, about three months? And when people can browse around, discover new things, and download them fast, when we all have agents – then Web years could slip by before human beings can notice.

Tim Berners-Lee

The most important thing that was new was the idea of URI-or URL, that any piece of information anywhere should have an identifier, which will allow you to get hold of it.

Tim Berners-Lee

That idea of URL was the basic clue to the universality of the Web. That was the only thing I insisted upon.

Tim Berners-Lee

Whatever the device you use for getting your information out, it should be the same information.

Tim Berners-Lee

The Google algorithm was a significant development. I’ve had thank-you emails from people whose lives have been saved by information on a medical website or who have found the love of their life on a dating website.

Tim Berners-Lee

The important thing is the diversity available on the Web.

Tim Berners-Lee

The Mobile Web Initiative is important – information must be made seamlessly available on any device.

Tim Berners-Lee

The Domain Name Server (DNS) is the Achilles heel of the Web. The important thing is that it’s managed responsibly.

Tim Berners-Lee