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Published Saturday, October 05, 2013 @ 7:01 AM EDT
Oct 05 2013

If you want to read the fortune, you've got to break the cookie.
-The Covert Comic

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Quotes of the day: Steve Jobs

Published Saturday, October 05, 2013 @ 6:27 AM EDT
Oct 05 2013

Steven Paul "Steve" Jobs February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) was an American entrepreneur, marketer, and inventor, who was the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc. Through Apple, he is widely recognized as a charismatic pioneer of the personal computer revolution and for his influential career in the computer and consumer electronics fields, transforming "one industry after another, from computers and smartphones to music and movies". 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. Jobs was among the first to see the commercial potential of Xerox PARC's mouse-driven graphical user interface, which led to the creation of the Apple Lisa and, one year later, the Macintosh. He also played a role in introducing the LaserWriter, one of the first widely available laser printers, to the market. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


As individuals, people are inherently good. I have a somewhat more pessimistic view of people in groups.

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.

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.

Did Alexander Graham Bell do any market research before he invented the telephone?

Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice.

I don't really care about being right, I just care about success.

I make 50 cents for showing up... and the other 50 cents is based on my performance.

I think death is the most wonderful invention of life. It purges the system of these old models that are obsolete.

I think different religions are different doors to the same house. Sometimes I think the house exists, and sometimes I don't. It's the great mystery.

I think everyone in this country should learn to program a computer. Everyone should learn a computer language because it teaches you how to think. I think of computer science as a liberal art.

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.

I want to put a ding in the universe.

If you don't cannibalize yourself, someone else will.

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

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

Knowing I was adopted may have made me feel more independent, but I have never felt abandoned. I've always felt special. My parents made me feel special.

My favorite things in life don't cost any money. It's really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.

No one wants to die. Even people who wanna go to heaven don't wanna die to get there.

Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow. (Last words)

One of the things wrong with the PC industry today is that most of the people running the companies don't love PCs.

One way to remember who you are is to remember who your heroes are.

People who know what they're talking about don't need PowerPoint.

Real artists ship.

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.

Sometimes I believe in God, sometimes I don't. I think it's 50-50 maybe. And I find myself believing a bit more. I kind of– maybe it's 'cause I want to believe in an afterlife. That when you die, it doesn't just all disappear. The wisdom you've accumulated. Somehow it lives on, but sometimes I think it's just like an on-off switch. Click and you're gone. And that's why I don't like putting on-off switches on Apple devices.

The system is that there is no system.

We don't know where it will lead. We just know there's something much bigger than any of us here.

We humans are tool builders. We can fashion tools that amplify (the) inherent abilities that we have to spectacular magnitudes.

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

When I was growing up, a guy across the street had a Volkswagen Bug. He really wanted to make it into a Porsche. He spent all his spare money and time accessorizing this VW, making it look and sound loud. By the time he was done, he did not have a Porsche. He had a loud, ugly VW.

When you're young, you look at television and think, there's a conspiracy. The networks have conspired to dumb us down. But when you get a little older, you realize that's not true. The networks are in business to give people exactly what they want.

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.

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. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.

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