10 Most Inspiring Quotes by Steve Jobs


Yesterday, Apple fans across the globe celebrated the life and works of Steve Jobs, the man whose creative visions changed the way the world looks at technology. For a little Steve Jobs tribute on our side of the creative world, let's look back at some of the most inspiring quotes the inventor and entrepreneur left us with.

When the recent passing of Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs was made known to the public, the world was saddened by the loss of a creative mind and insightful man. To celebrate his life, achievements, and contributions, Apple fans declared October 16 as Steve Jobs Day. The brilliant American inventor and entrepreneur did not only leave behind notable tech innovations, but also many inspiring thoughts about life, work, and Apple itself.

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“Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?”
–- Steve Jobs’ famous question to John Sculley, former Apple CEO

“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

“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? And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it.”
–- Fortune

“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.”
-- The Wall Street Journal

“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.”
-- NBC Nightly News

"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... Stay hungry. Stay foolish."
-- Steve Jobs’ Stanford Commencement Address, 2005

“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 other’s 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.”
-- Steve Jobs’ Stanford Commencement Address, 2005

“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 until you find it. Don’t settle.”
-- Steve Jobs’ Stanford Commencement Address, 2005

"Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes ... the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. ... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things. ... They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do."
-- Think Different, 1997

Do you have an inspiring Steve Jobs quote aside from the ones posted here? Share it with us below!

Sources and additional readings:
Inspirational Steve Jobs Quotes -- Mac Stories
The 13 Most Memorable Quotes from Steve Jobs -- Business Insider
The Best Steve Jobs Quotes -- Huffington Post
Steve Jobs: 20 Best Quotes -- ABC News

written by plasticpopsicle on 2011-10-17 #lifestyle #inspiration #apple #lomography #inspiring #quotes #analogue-lifestyle #steve-jobs #steve-jobs-day


  1. johan34370
    johan34370 ·

    really good quotes! I did not know about them, thanks, :)

  2. edwardpiper
    edwardpiper ·

    I love this article! well done! :)

  3. angelhaken
    angelhaken ·

    The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste. They have absolutely no taste. And I don't mean that in a small way, I mean that in a big way, in the sense that they don't think of original ideas, and they don't bring much culture into their products.

    Triumph of the Nerds (1996)

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