Bill Gates, speaking to an audience at the University of Washington in 1988, according to the Los Angeles Times:
"Although about 3 million computers get sold every year in China, people don't pay for the software. Someday they will, though. And as long as they're going to steal it, we want them to steal ours. They'll get sort of addicted, and then we'll somehow figure out how to collect sometime in the next decade."
Microsoft is starting to figure out how to collect. See today's story for more details.