Steve Jobs, one of the fathers of the personal computing era and the founder of Apple, died Wednesday (6th October 2011 ) at the age of 56.
Here a compendium of some of the best quotes of a born genius of computer age, Steve Jobs:
“We’re born, we live for a brief instant, and we die. It’s been happening for a long time. Technology is not changing it much — if at all.”
“We made the buttons on the screen look so good you’ll want to lick them.” On Mac OS X, Jan 24, 2000.
“It will go down in history as a turning point for the music industry. This is landmark stuff. I can’t overestimate it!” On the iTunes Music Store, as told to Fortune, May 12, 2003.
“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.” Quoted in The Wall Street Journal, May 25, 1993.
“A lot of companies have chosen to downsize, and maybe that was the right thing for them. We chose a different path. Our belief was that if we kept putting great products in front of customers, they would continue to open their wallets. “
“I wish him the best, I really do. I just think he and Microsoft are a bit narrow. He’d be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger.” On Bill Gates, quoted inThe New York Times, Jan. 12, 1997.
“It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy.” On life, 1982, quoted in Odyssey: Pepsi to Apple, 1987.
“I’m the only person I know that’s lost a quarter of a billion dollars in one year…. It’s very character-building.” Apple Confidential, 2.0
“Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”
“I’m an optimist in the sense that I believe humans are noble and honorable, and some of them are really smart. I have a very optimistic view of individuals. As individuals, people are inherently good. I have a somewhat more pessimistic view of people in groups. And I remain extremely concerned when I see what’s happening in our country, which is in many ways the luckiest place in the world. We don’t seem to be excited about making our country a better place for our kids.” [Wired, February 1996]
“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” Stanford commencement speech, June 2005.
Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.
Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.
The people who are doing the work are the moving force behind the Macintosh. My job is to create a space for them, to clear out the rest of the organization and keep it at bay.
To turn really interesting ideas and fledgling technologies into a company that can continue to innovate for years, it requires a lot of disciplines.
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.
Finest one to end with…
“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true. 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.” Stanford commencement speech, June 2005