Steve Jobs Love Quotes and Sayings
#1 Steve Jobs The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal
1. I was in the parking lot, with the key in the car, and I thought to myself, If this is my last night on earth, would I rather spend it at a business meeting, or with this woman? I ran across the parking lot, asked her if she’d have dinner with me. She said yes, we walked into town and we’ve been together ever since.
2. It’s one of the things in life I really feel ashamed about. I was not very sensitive, and I hurt their feelings. I shouldn’t have. They had done so much to make sure I could go there, but I just didn’t want them around. I didn’t want anyone to know I had parents. I wanted to be like an orphan who had bummed around the country on trains and just arrived out of nowhere, with no roots, no connections, no background.
3. If you don’t love something, you’re not going to go the extra mile, work the extra weekend, challenge the status quo as much.
4. Every once in a while, I find myself in the presence of purity—purity of spirit and love—and I always cry. It always just reaches in and grabs me. That was one of those moments.
5. I keep thinking about all the time away from my family this will cause, and the time away from my other family at Pixar, but the only reason I want to do it is that the world will be a better place with Apple in it.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Steven Paul “Steve” Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) was an American entrepreneur. He is best known as the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc. Through Apple, he was widely recognized as a charismatic pioneer of the personal computer revolution and for his influential career in the computer and consumer electronics fields. Jobs also co-founded and served as chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios; he became a member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company in 2006, when Disney acquired Pixar.
Sayings by Steve Jobs
#1 On the success of Bill Gates and Microsoft, as quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Summer 1993
1. 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.
2. My goal has always been not only to make great products, but to build great companies.
3. We can take full responsibility for the user experience. We can do things that the other guys can’t do.
4. My primary insight when we were screwed by Adobe in 1999 was that we shouldn’t get into any business where we didn’t control both the hardware and the software, otherwise we’d get our head handed to us.
5. You guys are making me feel funny now. I get to come to work every day and work with the most talented people on the planet, at Apple and Pixar. But these jobs are team sports. I accept your thanks on behalf of everybody at Apple.
6. Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do. That’s true for companies, and it’s true for products.
#7 Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address
7. 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.
#8 Inside Steve’s Brain: Business Lessons from Steve Jobs, the Man Who Saved Apple
8. I end up not buying a lot of things, because I find them ridiculous.
#9 Playboy Interview: Steve Jobs, David Sheff, February 1985
9. That’s why I think death is the most wonderful invention of life. It purges the system of these old models that are obsolete. I think that’s one of Apple’s challenges, really.
10. People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done. Innovation is saying no to a thousand things. (1997 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference)
11. We’re trying to get back to the basics of great products, great marketing, and great distribution. Apple has drifted away from doing the basics really well.
12. We at Apple had forgotten who we were. One way to remember who you are is to remember who your heroes are.
#13 An exclusive interview, Apple’s CEO talked with Fortune senior editor Betsy Morris in February in Kona, Hawaii, 2008
13. My job is to not be easy on people. My job is to make them better.
#14 Interview about the release of the Macintosh, 24 January 1984
14. We’re gambling on our vision, and we would rather do that than make “me too” products. Let some other companies do that. For us, it’s always the next dream.
#15 Exclusive interview, Apple’s CEO talked with Fortune senior editor Betsy Morris in February in Kona, Hawaii
15. We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? So this is what we’ve chosen to do with our life. We could be sitting in a monastery somewhere in Japan. We could be out sailing. Some of the [executive team] could be playing golf. They could be running other companies. And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it. And we think it is.
#16-17 Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
16. If it could save a person’s life, would you find a way to shave ten seconds off the boot time?
17. We have to let go of this notion that for Apple to win, Microsoft has to lose … I think if we want Microsoft Office on the Mac, we better treat the company that puts it out with a little bit of gratitude.
#18 Announcing the introduction of the iPhone, as quoted in Apple unveils cell phone, Apple TV, 9 January 2007
18. Every once in a while a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything. It’s very fortunate if you can work on just one of these in your career. … Apple’s been very fortunate in that it’s introduced a few of these.
#19 Quoted in Odyssey: Pepsi to Apple: A Journey of Adventure, Ideas, and the Future (1987) by John Sculley and John A. Byrne
19. Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?
#20-21 Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
20. When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.
21. I’ve learned over the years that when you have really good people you don’t have to baby them. By expecting them to do great things, you can get them to do great things.
#22 The Computerworld Smithsonian Awards Program Oral History Interview, Advice for Future Entrepreneurs, 20 April 1995
22. I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance. It is so hard. You put so much of your life into this thing. There are such rough moments in time that I think most people give up. I don’t blame them. Its really tough and it consumes your life.
#23 Interviewed with Wired: Gary Wolf. Steve Jobs: The Next Insanely Great Thing (February 1996
23. Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.
#24 Steve Jobs on Mike Markkula as quoted in Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
24. His values were much aligned with mine. He emphasized that you should never start a company with the goal of getting rich. Your goal should be making something you believe in and making a company that will last.
#25 Steve Jobs on The Crazy Ones in the video right after this quote
25. Apple at the core – its core value is that we believe that people with passion can change the world for the better.
#26 Playboy Interview: Steve Jobs by David Sheff
26. Well, my favorite things in life are books, sushi and … My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time. As it is, I pay a price by not having much of a personal life.
#27-28 The interview Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg conducted with Bill Gates and Steve Jobs at the D5 conference on May 30, 2007
27. Let’s stop looking backwards here. It’s all about what happens tomorrow.
28. Let’s go invent tomorrow rather than worrying about what happened yesterday.
#29 The Seed of Apple’s Innovation, BusinessWeek, 12 October 2004
29. The system is that there is no system. That doesn’t mean we don’t have process. Apple is a very disciplined company, and we have great processes. But that’s not what it’s about. Process makes you more efficient.
But innovation comes from people meeting up in the hallways or calling each other at 10:30 at night with a new idea, or because they realized something that shoots holes in how we’ve been thinking about a problem. It’s ad hoc meetings of six people called by someone who thinks he has figured out the coolest new thing ever and who wants to know what other people think of his idea.
#30 Interview with Inc. Magazine for its “The Entrepreneur of the Decade Award”, 1 April 1989
30. You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.
#31 BusinessWeek, 25 May 1998
31. But in the end, for something this complicated, it’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.
#32-34 2005 Stanford Commencement Address
32. Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well-worn path and that will make all the difference.
33. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking. Don’t settle.
34. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
#35 Keynote address at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, June 2004
35. We used to dream about this stuff. Now we get to build it. It’s pretty great.
#36 Jobs: Iconoclast and salesman” by Brian Williams, at MSNBC, 25 May 2006
36. 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.
Unsourced Steve Jobs Quotes
1. We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?
2. Pixar is seen by a lot of folks as an overnight success, but if you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.
Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address