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Steve Jobs

February 24, 1955 - October 5, 2011 ·


Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful, that's what matters to me.

- Steve Jobs (2010) ·

Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

- Steve Jobs (2005) ·

I wish developing great products was as easy as writing a check. If that was the case, Microsoft would have great products.

- Steve Jobs (2007) ·

Pixar is the most technically advanced creative company; Apple is the most creatively advanced technical company.

- Steve Jobs (2005) ·

We used to dream about this stuff. Now we get to build it. It's pretty great.

- Steve Jobs (2004) ·

When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money.

- Steve Jobs (1994) ·

That's a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.

- Steve Jobs (1994) ·

It's more fun to be a pirate than to join the Navy.

- Steve Jobs (1982) ·

I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what's next.

- Steve Jobs (2006) ·

We think basically you watch television to turn your brain off, and you work on your computer when you want to turn your brain on.

- Steve Jobs (2004) ·

Nobody has tried to swallow us since I've been here. I think they are afraid how we would taste.

- Steve Jobs (1998) ·

What a computer is to me is it's the most remarkable tool that we have ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.

- Steve Jobs (1991) ·

The difference between the best worker on computer hardware and the average may be 2 to 1, if you’re lucky. With automobiles, maybe 2 to 1. But in software, it’s at least 25 to 1. The difference between the average programmer and a great one is at least that.

- Steve Jobs (2000) ·

I would trade all of my technology for an afternoon with Socrates.

- Steve Jobs (2000) ·

New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.