RIP Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

60 Most Inspiring Quotes from STEVE JOBS (1955-2011)  : 

“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and
 get on with improving your other innovations.” – via
“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.” – Wikiquote.
“We’ve gone through the operating system and looked at everything and asked how can we
 simplify  this and make it more powerful at the same time.” – ABC News
“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is
“I want to put a ding in the universe.”
“I was worth over $1,000,000 when I was 23, and over $10,000,000 when I was 24,
 and over $100,000,000 when I was 25, and it wasn’t that important because I never
 did it for the money.”
“Unfortunately, people are not rebelling against Microsoft. They don’t know any better.”

“Bill Gates‘d be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram
 when he was younger.” – The New York Times, Creating Jobs, 1997
“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.” – YouTube
“My job is not to be easy on people. My jobs is to take these great people we have and to
 push them and make them even better.” – All About Steve Jobs
“We made the buttons on the screen look so good you’ll want to lick them.” – Wikiquote
“Click. Boom. Amazing!” – Macworld keynote 2006
“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.” – Inc. Magazine
“That’s not what we think design is. It’s not just what it looks like and feels like.
  Design is how it works” – New York Times, The Guts of a New Machine, 2003
“Why join the navy if you can be a pirate?” 
“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – via
“I mean, some people say, ‘Oh, God, if [Jobs] got run over by a bus, Apple would be in trouble.’
 And, you know, I think it wouldn’t be a party, but there are really capable people at Apple.
 My job is to make the whole executive team good enough to be successors, so that’s what
 I try to do.” – CNNMoney
“It’s not about pop culture, and it’s not about fooling people, and it’s not about convincing
 people that they want something they don’t. We figure out what we want. And I think
 we’re pretty good at having the right discipline to think through whether a lot of other
 people are going to want it, too. That’s what we get paid to do.” – CNNMoney
“So when a good idea comes, you know, part of my job is to move it around, just see
 what different people think, get people talking about it, argue with people about it,
 get ideas moving among that group of 100 people, get different people together to
 explore different aspects of it quietly, and, you know – just explore things.” – CNNMoney
“When I hire somebody really senior, competence is the ante. They have to be really smart.
 But the real issue for me is, Are they going to fall in love with Apple? Because if they fall
 in love with Apple, everything else will take care of itself.They’ll want to do what’s
 best for Apple, not what’s best for them, what’s best for Steve, or anybody else.” – via
“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
“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’ Stanford Commencement Address
“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.
 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 ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the
 world, are the ones who do.” – Think Different, narrated by Steve Jobs
“In most people’s vocabularies, design means veneer. It’s interior decorating.
 It’s the fabric of the curtains of the sofa. But to me, nothing could be
 further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul
 of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive
 outer layers of the product or service.”
So we went to Atari and said, ‘Hey, we’ve got this amazing thing, even built
 with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we’ll
 give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we’ll come work for you.’
 And they said, ‘No.’ So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said,
 ‘Hey, we don’t need you. You haven’t got through college yet.”
“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.”
“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.”
“I’m the only person I know that’s lost a quarter of a billion dollars in one year.
  It’s very character-building.”
“I’m as proud of what we don’t do as I am of what we do.”
“Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.”
“I’ve always wanted to own and control the primary technology in everything we do.”
“It comes from saying no to 1,000 things to make sure we don’t get on the wrong track or try to
 do too much.”
“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.”
“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the
 Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It’s not about money. It’s about the
 people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it.”
“Insanely Great!”
“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the
  non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”
“It’s rare that you see an artist in his 30s or 40s able to really contribute something amazing.”
“I feel like somebody just punched me in the stomach and knocked all my wind out. I’m only
 30 years old and I want to have a chance to continue creating things. I know I’ve got at least one
 more great computer in me. And Apple is not going to give me a chance to do that.”
“I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that
 could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the
 lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of
 the most creative periods of my life.”
“Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance
 to change the world?”
“The products suck! There’s no sex in them anymore!”
“The cure for Apple is not cost-cutting. The cure for Apple is to innovate its way out of its
 current predicament.”
“If I were running Apple, I would milk the Macintosh for all it’s worth — and get busy on
 the next great thing. The PC wars are over. Done. Microsoft won a long time ago.”
“You know, I’ve got a plan that could rescue Apple. I can’t say any more than that it’s the
 perfect product and the perfect strategy for Apple. But nobody there will listen to me.”
“Apple has some tremendous assets, but I believe without some attention, the company could,
 could, could — I’m searching for the right word — could, could die.”

Steve Jobs : The way to Live Life